5 Best Coastal Walks in Devon
There are a many different sights and attractions in Devon including restaurants, pubs, museums and various activities such as surfing, rock climbing and kayaking. However, one of the best activities within Devon can be sightseeing; but experiencing the sights is even better. There are coastal paths and walking routes dedicated to sightseers, for those interested in the Devon experience, here’s a list of our top 5 coastal walks.
Paignton to Preston
Trekking isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, so for those of you who prefer a leisurely walk; the 2km walk from Paignton to the seafront of Preston will be much more enjoyable. This walk is mild as there are no steep hills or rocky roads; the majority of the walk is a flat expanse overlooking the sea and rock formations that are strewn throughout Devon. This route includes a café and is also accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs; which makes this a valuable path for families with young children or the elderly.
North Quay, Paignton Harbour
Another easy walking route within Devon is the route in North Quay, this path is also 2km in distance but rather than a straightforward view of the sea, you’re presented with a view of the bay in all its glory. This walk also gives you a view of the harbour and any activities that may be happening in the harbour. This particular coastal path is dog friendly, and the main path is wheelchair friendly too.
If you gain no pleasure from an easy route, then perhaps one our moderate coastal paths is better for you. The circular path at Broadsands beach is 5.6km and allows you to explore rolling countryside without taking you too far from the coastline. There are a number of dog friendly beaches just off of this path such as Elberry Cove and Fishcombe Cove; so if you’re looking to bring your little friend with you to see the sights this coastal path is perfect for you.
The coastal path in Brixham that starts at the William of Orange Statue is 9.1km and incorporates vast amounts of wildlife, geology as well as architecture such as the unusual lighthouse. The Brixham coastal path is recommended as there are no steep climbs or steep steps, but it’s mostly recommended for its view of the coast and Tor bay; St Mary’s bay isn’t far from the path either and allows dogs to roam the beach at all times of year.
The route that leads from the Royal Dart Hotel in Kingswear and also finishes at Kingswear is one of the most challenging walks along the coast of Devon. This particular path is 12km long and is composed of stunning views of the estuary and country landscape. It’s worth remembering that this coastal path is less of a tourist attraction and so you should bring a packed lunch, sun cream and a rain coat.
There are plenty of other coastal paths throughout Devon; when deciding on the path that you are going to follow keep in mind the distance that you will be covering and the type of terrain that you will have to walk through. For more information on holidays and accommodation in Devon, get in touch with us at Highcliffe House.