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Coastal walks in Devon

As we have just been listed in the new  Sawdays Good Pub Guide and shortlisted under the best places to stay for walkers, we thought we would look at the benefits of walking and some of the lovely areas in Devon where you can enjoy this pasttime.

Devon is a joy for walkers with glorious views, national parks, coastal walks, monuments and lovely villages. The network of pathways crossing the county provide walkers with peace, tranquilit and beauty. The Ginger Peanut, Bampton is an ideal location from which to explore Exmoor, Dartmoor and with 205 miles of the southwest coast path running along the north and south coasts, it is the perfect place to explore on foot and is extremely popular with walkers. Whether you choose a short stroll, an epic hike, Summer, Winter, Spring or Autumn, the gently rolling countryside, high moorland, river valleys and stunning stretches of coastline won’t disappoint.  It is also a wildlife rich county with moorland areas providing glimpes of buzzards, kites, moorland ponies, red deer, river valleys offering glimpses of otters if you are very lucky and possibly the odd sighting of dolphins, seals and basking sharks from the coastal paths.

Forest Walks in Devon

The list of walks is a long one but some of the areas to explore from The Ginger Peanut, Bampton include Dunster Deer Park, Tarr Stepps with its clapper bridge, Horner Woods, Dunkery Hill and Beacon, Watersmeet, the Valley of the Rocks and of course the beach walks on the north coasts including Woolacombe to Putsborough, Saunton Sands, Braunton Burrows and Croyde to Baggy Point. There are beautiful coastal and river walks on the south coast too along the River Exe, South Hams and on the jurassic coast in East Devon.The health benefits are many and varied. Even short walks are beneficial for your health.
Health benefits include:-

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved balance
  • Helps insomnia
  • Helps improve chronic pain
  • Improves eye health!
  • Reduces body fat
  • Boosts muscle power
  • Lifts your mood
  • Reduces allergies
  • Reduces stress and calms you down
  • It’s good for the brain and helps creativity
  • You can choose to walk on your own, with your dog, with friends or with a walking club so it can be a time to reflect and think or a time to socialise.

Walking can be described as a miracle drug – there are no side effects, its accessible, affordable, effective and you don’t need a prescription! Come back to your ever so comfy room at The Ginger Peanut and enjoy dinner in the Restaurant downstairs – the perfect end to a perfect day!

To book a room at The Ginger Peanut, please look at the website or email  clare@gingerpeanut.co.uk