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Walking Breaks on the South West Coast Path…

The Holiday Park is situated in a beautiful area and we have lots of lovely walks local to us.  We have listed some of our favourites below, if you would like any more information, please pop into Reception and ask.

Hele Bay to Ilfracombe - 3 miles

This walk is easily done from the Holiday Park and the coastal path is picked up by the beach in Hele, just a short eight minute walk from the Holiday Park.  At the start of the walk there is a set of steep steps to climb, after this the terrain becomes easier with well walked paths with lookout points over the Bristol Channel and the surrounding hills. Towards the end of the walk you will see Verity, an imposing steel and bronze statue by world famous artist Damien Hirst, standing at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe.

A walk with stunning scenery and great for dog walkers and families. It takes in Ilfracombe's Hillsborough Nature Reserve, also known locally as 'The Sleeping Elephant.' a coast teeming with seabirds in the summer and the quaint Rapparee Cove a ladies' bathing beach in Victorian days. Alternatively, you can start the walk at Ilfracombe Swimming Baths and walk with a Devon Cream Tea from Hele Corn Mill and Tearooms.

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Ilfracombe - Combe Martin - 5 miles

The views on this walk are spectacular with Little Hangman and Great Hangman (the highest point on the north of the coast path) in the distance but well worth the uphill and downhill walking. Correct footwear is a must and this walk is definitely not suitable for prams, wheelchairs and toddlers.

The walk can be accessed from Hele, so your car can be left at the Holiday Park whilst you enjoy the views over the Bristol Channel and Combe Martin. The route takes you into the village of Watermouth where you can stop off at Watermouth Castle or walk across the beach at low tide. The return journey can be via the same route or through Berrynarbor and the country lane along Ilfracombe Golf Course. If you're feeling a little tired, there's also a reliable bus service if you don't wish to walk back.

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Ilfracombe Torrs - Ilfracombe - 6 miles return trip

This is a truly beautiful walk although quite challenging, with stunning scenery over National Trust land. Steep to start as you head out of town on to The Torrs, a rugged area also known as 'The Seven Hills' with tremendous views across the Bristol Channel. 

The walk takes you over farmland, passing grazing cows and sheep and then a steep decline on a tarmac'd road takes you into the village of Lee, where you can enjoy some refreshment at The Grampus Inn.  If you wish you can carry on into Morthoe and Woolacombe and then catch the bus back to Ilfracombe.  Sturdy footwear is highly recommended.

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The Tarka Trail - 2 to 19 miles

The Tarka Trail is one of the longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling routes in the country. It covers a total of 180 miles in a figure of eight route, centred on Barnstaple.

Whether you are a walker or a cyclist we are sure you will enjoy the Tarka Trail. This walk is part of Route 27, the “Devon Coast to Coast” National Cycle Network. It takes you out into the countryside along part of the old railway line and past the reservoirs. Continue to walk or cycle and after a further one and a half miles the path comes to a junction with Station Road, Mortehoe. Continue straight over the road and the junction along the path will take you past the disused Morthoe and Woolacombe Railway Station and on to Braunton and Barnstaple. At this point though you could turn right down in to Woolacombe and catch the bus back, how far you walk is up to you.

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Mortehoe Cliff Top Walk to Bull Point - 6 Miles

This is a beautiful family walk for families with older children. The terrain and coastal path is not suitable for young children, toddlers and babies in prams.

This circular walk takes about two hours but you can spend so long watching out for seals and their pups that you easily lose track of time.  Halfway during the walk children and adults can enjoy rock scrambling and the views over Woolacombe and its stunning beach.  Dogs are advised to be kept on a lead or close supervision as sheep graze over the fields and edges of the coastal.  Without a doubt a family favourite. 

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Heddons Mouth

This is a fairly easy family walk through woodlands and runs alongside a river that leads to a pebbly beach.

It is described on the National Trust's website as a gentle stroll through ancient woodland that is bright with fresh leaves and wild flowers in the Spring. You will be treated to a babbling stream, secluded shingle beach strewn with boulders and overlooked by dramatic cliffs of geological importance and tales of smugglers and U-Boats. Children of all ages will love the rugged terrain, as well as the beach and the ruined limekiln. A stunning walk in Autumn, when the leaves start to turn and the birds and small animals are rummaging in the fallen leaves.

Make it to the end of the walk and you'll be greeted by The Hunters Inn. A great pub for refreshment.

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Woolacombe to Putsborough Beach - 4 miles

An ideal day on the beach whatever the weather. The winter with hats, scarves and welly boots and in the summer, kick off the shoes and enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes.

You can park in Woolacombe and walk to Putsborough either via the beach or the sand dunes, this takes about an hour and you can enjoy a cream tea in the Beach Cafe at Putsborough before your walk back. This is an ideal family walk regardless of age and the access to the beach at Woolacombe and the cafe entrance are ramped for ease of access .Children will love this walk with beach shells and pebbles on route giving them something to look out for. Take a football too, as the further you go, the quieter it will be, and its a great place for a kick-about.

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Wistlandpound Reservoir - 2 hour circular walk

Just a short twenty minutes drive from the Holiday Park is Wistlandpound Reservoir. It's an easy circular family trail through pretty woodland with lots of nature. There are plenty of picnic tables to stop for a rest on your way round and the terrain is pretty flat. However, do still wear sturdy footwear and keep to the pathways, so as not to get hooked up by the fishermen! T

he walk is dog friendly but they must be kept on a leash and the car park is pay and display.  

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Baggy Point - 3 miles

This is a beautiful family walk on the headland at Croyde. The coastal path is not suitable for young children, toddlers and babies in prams, however there are alternative suitable paths that can be used.

The circular walk takes about 90 minutes and has much to see such against the dramatic backdrop of the sea crashing against the rocks. Teeming with wildlife, preserved whale bones and the old wreck post, as well as rocks, cliffs and plant life.
There are magnificent views over the headland and coastline towards Bideford Bay and Hartland.

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Watersmeet

A lovely walk from the pay and display car park takes you to Watersmeet House, a former fishing lodge located in Lynmouth and today an information centre, and National Trust tea room and shop.

Watersmeet is the starting point for 40 miles of ancient woodland, streams and seaside walks along the North Devon Coast.The paths are well worn, but can be steep in places and there are steps on route.  You will find many waterfalls with bridges crossing the river to make beautiful photographs  There's plenty of wildlife, plants and trees to see and interesting features along the way. For the walker who likes more miles, you can walk into Lynmouth and enjoy an afternoon there passing many points that are noted regarding the floods of 1952.

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