Newquay

After two previous weekend trips away with the boys this one was the 3rd one this year. We’d been to Weymouth and Bideford so far and this was a trip to Newquay. This walk was in the half term at the end of October (which gives you an idea of how far behind I am…

Burton Bradstock to West Bexington

So having canned the plan to walk around Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, we woke late to glorious sunshine, a quickly hatched plan meant we would drive a short distance towards home, walk and then carry on from there. I’d previously walked as far as a caravan/camping park at Burton Bradstock, so the plan was…

Weymouth and round to Wyke Regis

A weekend away in Weymouth and a chance to walk some of the coastal path that’s a bit far to do in one day from home. The weather looked a bit rubbish for the Saturday, but Sunday looked good. So the plan was to walk towards Portland on the poorer day and then do the…

Northcott Mouth to Morwenstow

We had a weekend in Weymouth booked and decided we needed a warm up coastal walk in order to prepare for that area. We decided that north Cornwall was again the area, and we would carry on further north from my previous walk passing Bude (here). This walk passes the huge GCHQ satellite dishes on…

Bovisand and Down Thomas

A walk with the boys, this one again from home. This one was 6 miles and we headed out towards Down Thomas first before picking up the coastal path to Bovisand and then a good route back home. This walk was early September so temperatures were still good and the sun was shining, with some…

Port Quin to Polzeath

After walks in the Lakes, 3 Dartmoor walks and a walk from home with the boys, it was time to get back to the coastal path. We had a weekend booked in Weymouth coming up so didn’t want to head east and looking at the weather report, a bank of cloud was coming up from…

Whitsand Bay and Tregantle Fort

The plan for this walk was to pick off part of the coastal path between Rame and Seaton and look to complete a section of the coastal path running all the way from West Bay in Dorset to Pentewan in Cornwall. Which is a fair distance! After this I’ve only got the bit from Trethill…

Seatown to West Bay

Every now and again the pull of a new coast walk means I need to scour maps looking for somewhere along the South West Coastal Path to walk. Petrol prices currently are meaning that if I’m heading out I’ll be going along quicker roads to minimise the fuel used, and not hitting too many lanes…

Northam, Appledore and Westward Ho!

A classic pub quiz question asking, “what is the only town in England with an exclamation mark in its name?” Westward Ho! of course. A question I got right time and again at Uni in the north of England. Living in Devon it isn’t even asked, an easy question. Its taken me a while to…

Weymouth

This is a first of two posts regarding another visit for myself and the boys to the Tank Museum in Dorset, this one involved a stay in a Premier Inn in Weymouth overnight, in order to make the next day drive far easier. This was instead of and an out and back from Plymouth, with…

Wanson and Bude to Northcott Mouth

If you are heading clockwise around the South West Coastal Path then after the heights of High Cliff this part will be a doddle. A lovely flatish section of coastal path, without the climbs and drops of the previous parts. A chance to walk along a beach as well, without worrying about the high cliff…

Par to Porthpean

After three walks in a row on Dartmoor it was back to the coastal path, specifically the south Cornwall area around St Austell. I’d previously walked around Gribben Head from Fowey to Par Sands and the other side I’d walked from Porthpean to Pentewan. This walk joins those two sections together through the town of…

Stonebarrow Hill, Golden Cap and Seatown

Another walk along this eastern stretch of the South West Coastal Path towards Portland, as I push further east towards Chesil Beach. We’d had a few days of decent sunshine so I decided on a walk that deserved a day befitting of the weather. The highest point on the entire south coast of England should…

Petit Tor Point to Torquay

Finally out for a walk, after 2 weeks of watching rain pour and wind blow, plus a couple of days of decorating in the house. I spotted a chance of a walk in somewhere that had grey clouds but not necessarily rain until mid afternoon, the wind was just a yellow warning so it felt…

Seaton to Looe

A weekend where the weather wasn’t playing ball for me, the string winds and rain coming into the south west seemed to correspond with the time that I could walk. So I had a search and managed to find a weather window between 10am and 2pm in a place I hadn’t walked on the coastal…

Little Dartmouth to Strete

Another of those three walks I needed to finish off to complete a long section of coastal path from Charmouth to Whitsand Bay, sorting this one means I just have a section around Torquay to do on this long stretch. This is another section which has parts of the path which are a short distance…

Bovisand beach walk

I’ll be honest I’m not sure why I walked from home on this day, I just did. It might of been the lack of gumption to drive to somewhere else, either way I have a few good options on the doorstep and I took advantage of one of them for a decent walk which takes…

Lyme Regis to Charmouth and on to Stonebarrow Hill

First walk of the new year and choices on where to go. Dartmoor, coast, east, west, north. In the end it was the weather that made my mind up, a few days earlier I had walked on the north eastern side of Dartmoor and the weather had altered from the gloomy drizzle to the west…

Looking back at 2021 and onwards to 2022

Well 2021 has now passed and we all start to make plans for the new year, I will get around to mentioning my plans lower down but for now lets look back at 2021. It started badly for the first 3 months with lockdown and the dreaded words “a short drive”. I had no idea…

Wembury

The title says it all, nothing more than this location. The walk is an easy one, no more than a mile but between Christmas and New Year its sometimes all you need, just to get out for a bit of fresh air. This bimble bookended, nicely, the walk around Clearbrook, two days before. Being the…

Starcross to Dawlish

This perambulation was one of the 3 walks I needed to do in order to have completed a section of the South West Coastal Path reaching from Lyme Regis to Whitsand Bay. I’ll be honest I haven’t a clue how far that actually is but I might try and work it out for my annual…

Caerhays Castle to Pendower Beach

A walk deep in the Roseland Peninsular in perfect weather which made for a spectacular walk. I was looking for walks for this weekend and was deliberating back and forth. Coastal or Dartmoor. I have plenty of Dartmoor to explore and the weather was set fine, but at this time of year the light is…

Shaldon to Petit Tor Point

Back on the coastal path trail and a walk I wasn’t expecting too much from. Look at the best days on the coastal path and this area won’t feature, but don’t be too quick to dismiss it, its a good walk along here. That said the walk back can be a bit scruffy to start,…

Slapton Ley to Strete

Time for another bimble with the boys, and carrying on with the coastal path at Slapton. We had previously done the section to the south of this last summer (here) and we enjoyed the area, so a return was in order. Again we weren’t great at getting out of bed and settled for lunch at…

Tintagel to Dannonchapel

Back to the northern coast this week and a good forecast which looks very promising indeed. I was a bit worried driving over Bodmin Moor area, driving through low and some very dark clouds. As I descended towards Bossiney to cloud cleared but not enough for the sun. I needn’t have worried, before long the…

Paignton

As is the case on the coastal path, sometimes you have to walk through a town, along streets and pavements with cars whizzing by. People all around being busy, the weather was warm for October. This walk was a result of me struggling to get the boys out of their pits at a reasonable hour…

Seaton to the edge of Devon

A walk to hopefully change the fortunes a bit with the weather, as a rule east is better than west for the weather and the same goes for coastal rather than moorland. So I went east and coastal hoping to double up the luck. The forecast itself was very positive with sunny spells forecast all…

Crackington Haven to Wanson

Those will a keen eye will recognise this starting point from earlier this year, when I walked the other direction towards Boscastle and back over High Cliff (here). Nothing quite that high today, but the distance was there and then some. The ups and downs where there as well, making this a tough walk but…

Looe to Polperro

Another week and another coastal walk, and one I’d had my eye for quite a while and never got around to. This weekend I wanted not to drive as far, less than an hour and this one fits the bill nicely, especially as I found a nice National trust car park inland near to Hendersick…

Branscombe Church to Seaton

Back to the coastal path this week and choices of where to go. The south west coastal path is vast, and it can take a good 90 minutes or more to get to its furthest points to walk. Naturally I’ve picked off lots of the nearby spots and some of the good spots, but recently…

Broadsands to Paignton

A short walk today mainly due to the heavy rain forecast to arrive around midday at home. I headed east to try and extend that time a bit and actually found an area that missed the worst of the rain, whilst I was there anyway. I’ve walked from here with the boys last November around…

Boscastle to Tintagel, almost

The plan of getting out and getting away whenever possible continued. Things are booked for the future weeks and months and loads of plans for weekends inbetween. Revisits to places, new visit to places, the idea is not to stay in the same town that I’ve been forced to frequent these last 12 months and…

The Lizard, Britain’s most southerly place

The one thing about these lockdowns imposed upon us is that they can damage and hurt people. Simple things such as staying overnight with your children is one of life’s simple things. I’ve not done that since September (two camping trips) with these two rascals. A combination of not having enough rooms for them to…

Crackington Haven to Boscastle

I felt I’d done walking in Cornwall a bit of a disservice last week with my post on walking in northern Bodmin Moor, so I set out to put that right. This walk should do that nicely, and then some. This is arguably one of the best days coastal path walking in the country, you’ll…

Plymouth seafront

It had been a while since I’d been to the seafront of Plymouth, probably about 18 months. Which seems ridiculous when I live here. So I thought I’d put that right and take the boys for an ice cream. I expected it to be busy and it was with plenty of cafe’s open selling the…

Berry Head and Brixham

Back, back to the coast and further from home. Finally a release and a chance to move a bit further and get back to some coastal path walking which I have missed hugely. If you had told me this back in 2019 then I would have said you were talking c**p. Last year was my…

Mothecombe

Whilst the rest of the country has been covered with a blanket of the white stuff, us down here in Devon have endured (rather than enjoyed) day after day of strong winds from the east and plenty of rain. This was another of those days, but we managed to pick a gap in the weather…

Heybrook Bay and Lentney Battery

Another walk from home but this one felt different to the previous weeks. Not sure why but I just didn’t enjoy it as much. The weather was good, the scenery was brilliant considering what some people are having to put up with. However I just wasn’t feeling it, maybe its this lockdown, another one. Maybe…

250,000 up

The title is a nod to the director of the 7up series of Tv programmes, Michael Apted who has died recently, he was also known for Gorillas in the Mist. The title is relevant as the website has hit a quarter of a million views (approaching 100,000 individual visitors). The numbers are mind-blowing for me…

Wembury Wood, Warren Point and Langdon Court

So far this walkdown I’ve found myself improving on walks I did in Lockdown 1 or combining a couple of those walks together. Anything really to have some variety to things. It still makes me laugh (or is it groan) when people ask what you are doing at the weekend. The answer, well not much…

Staddon Heights and Bovisand with the boys

Those with children will know that to get them outside sometimes involves a bit of a white lie. Something like, it not that far, we’ll be back before that tv programme or I’ll buy you a cake on the way back. That sort of thing. Well we had festered in the house all morning, watched…

Looking back at 2020 and onwards

Where do you start with last year, best not to dwell on it wherever possible in my opinion. A pandemic and a response to it which has left us all shaking our heads, u turns, broken promises, a tier system which nicely protects big business and leaves the small business owners piling on debt to…

Hope Cove to Bantham

This is a great walk from Hope Cove to Bantham and completes a long section of the South Devon coastal path for me, this pretty much means that I have completed everything from Slapton Sands to Plymouth, except the short town walk of Salcombe and a mile or two at Mothercombe, which I am pretty…

Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth

Another double weekend walk after the previous one at the start of November. I was still in a fine mood, having managed to get out for a pub lunch alongside a fine walk with the boys around Burrator reservoir, the day before. And to improve things further the weather was set for a cracking day.…

Dawlish to Teignmouth

Finally some sun in November. It feels like it has been years since I last had a good November walking day. This one was perfect, no wind, cold to start but warming as the day went on and a haze that only appears at the start or end of winter. The sky felt liquid, photos…

Dartmouth and round to Little Dartmouth

The weather for the weekend wasn’t looking too good, I ummed and arred about going out. Looking closer at the weather there was a window, not too long but a few hours before 2pm on Sunday, where the odd passing shower was forecast but the main rain would be at 2pm. Well they got the…

100,000 up again

The last time I wrote with this title was to thank those that visited my site and helped me reach 100,000 views. That was mid 2019 and can be found here. Now I’m writing again, to thank for the next 100,000 which I’ve got to within 2020 alone (by November to be exact). I can…

Broadsands to Brixham

Today was my first proper walk after Lockdown 2 The Revenge had started, and as it turned out this was also the end of the blonde buffoon in the good old United States. For me, during this lockdown, I’ve kind of drawn a line from Tavistock across to Bovey Tracey and decided to stay south…

Mevagissey to Caerhays Castle

Another fantastic coastal path walk today. The weather was perfect, sunny and a bit of a breeze. Yes it was a little hazy but it didn’t detract at all. This walk is a brilliant one, the coastal path is rolling, more gently up and down, than other places. Only once you get past Hemmick Beach…

Sidmouth to Branscombe Church

2nd walk in 3 days and if I’m honest my legs were still aching from the previous days’ hike over Dartmoor. Once I got going though the aching went away as I made my way along the coastal path towards Branscombe. The day had started well, I was up early and parking in Sidmouth at…

Porthpean to Pentewan

A walk in this area has been on the back burner for a while, when looking at the map I was struggling to put together a loop that got me where I wanted to go. The initial idea was to walk from around Porthpean down to Mevagissey from somewhere just inland which allowed me to…

The Tank Museum and West Bay

This was a proper Dad and lads day. Big boys toys. And if I’m honest the best day I’ve had this year, easily. I’d had a bit of a thought and decided that I’d have a look at the Tank Museum, my eldest spouts many facts about tanks, planes and other WW2 facts, he’s been…

Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth, the Jurassic Coast

I wasn’t sure where to walk today. North Cornwall, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and East Devon all were looked at. I decided to head to the latter for no reason more than the others. I’d been here once before, nearly 30 years ago and it was to play golf, rather than look along the coastal cliffs.…

Slapton Sands

A walk I should not have been here for. Instead I should have been driving north and walking up Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike in the Lake District. However a simple, but huge, water leak in the property we should have stayed at, has stopped any hope of a week in Lakes. The phone call…

Fowey and Gribbin Head

Back to the coast today and a walk I looked at when I was I was in Polruan on my walk from Polperro. This walk is from Fowey to Par Sands and gives you plenty to see, with the focal point being Gribbin Head. I will say that when you make these walks up on…

Man Sands, Coleton Fishacre and Kingswear

Another in this years’ series of coastal walks, this one however is a lot harder than last weeks’ walk from Polperro to Polruan. Even though the distance last week was much further, the terrain here is a lot tougher, much more up and down. The start was again along country lanes, very little traffic but…

Polperro to Polruan

This one is a long coastal path walk, in fact the way I’m walking the coastal path they are all quite long walks. So far none of the walks have been linear, all being a loop and return back to the car. So this way if I actually get to doing the whole lot I’d…

Great walk around Start Point with the boys

With the ticks that were involved in my last walk, I decided (and was told) to stay away from Dartmoor! The obvious choice is to therefore head to the coast. I’ve been to Start Point before however I haven’t walked the coast from there to Lannacombe Beach, so this walk sorts that out. The weather…

East Portlemouth, round Prawle Point to Lannacombe Beach

Recently it seems as though heading to a beach, national park, moorland, lake, reservoir or beauty spot for a walk/sit/picnic has been the thing that gets people’s blood boiling. The fact that it is now allowed in England after the lockdown lift a couple of weeks ago seems to have not changed some opinions. I…

Bigbury to Mothercombe

Well a bit of freedom, but only a bit. No sooner than lockdown was lifted and we were allowed to go as far as we wished as long as we returned home at the end of the day (in England anyway), than the National Parks and everywhere that people would visit, claimed they were still…

Langdon Court, Bovisand and Staddon Heights

Another walk from the door, number 6 in this lockdown series!! This one is a bit of a mash of the others to be honest and I’ve saturated this area now, although another visit down to Wembury Woods and Cofflete Creek would be fantastic, this would be a mash together of two previous walks. The…

Wembury Woods, Warren Point and lots of wild

It had taken me a bit of time to get out again, the odd walk up to the local football field aside, I hadn’t been out for over a week. I’m not sure what it is, maybe I feel guilty for living close to open land, where walking is easy. As a result I’m not…

Bovisand and round to Wembury

This one is a bit of a mix between walk 1 of the lockdown and walk 2, making for 7 1/2 miles. I wanted to get out and walk a bit further, see the rapeseed fields again and get down by the sea for a stretch. There were a few people out but I saw…

Bovisand and to the Manor Bourne

Another day and another walk from home. This one was 6 days after the last and no change in the weather during that time, I went early and was back home by mid morning, still there was a few people around on the walk, particularly around the Bovisand area, where I met some police who…

All around Rame Head

2020 has been the year, so far, of walking in different places where possible. That has meant plenty of woodland walks of eastern Dartmoor and some coastal walks to change the scenery a bit. This is partly due to the amount of rain we have had since October leaving the proper part of Dartmoor at…

A quick walk from Jennycliff

Not much to this walk at all, a mile and a bit maybe if that. It’s on my doorstep though and when you need a quick fix, 5 minutes down the road and you are there. This was the leap year day and I’m not sure I’ve walked on the 29th Feb before. We started…

St Anchorite’s Rock

I’ve wanted to walk to this outcrop for quite a while now, probably about 17 or 18 years, since spying the rock from my many visits to Revelstoke caravan park. The only tricky part was trying to make a bit of a loop of it, being that I’m not a fan of the out and…

Wembury wander

Just a short evening walk from the NT car park at Wembury, mainly heading west towards the Mewstone along the good coastal path. This is nothing more than a change of scenery for me, to get in some coastal sea views rather than the normal moorland that I get most weeks. Don’t worry I’ll be…

On the coastal path around Bolt Head

I’d seen a walk in one of the walking magazines about a good loop around Bolt Head, near to Salcombe. The distance was around 9 miles and involved walking the coastal path from Overbecks (National Trust) to Hope Cove, involving plenty of plunging views down to the sea below. Now I wasn’t expecting to see…

Coastal walk around Wembury from home

Time for something different as it is the Easter weekend. I had to be home for lunch at 1.30pm so decided to remove any driving on to Dartmoor from the equation which would only shorten any walk. I hadn’t walked the South West Coastal path for quite a while now and it doesn’t take long…

Pre Christmas wander at Heybrook Bay

This isn’t a long walk, but looking back this is one I’ve done a few times with the boys. Its very easy (apart from the steps at the start!!) and the boys love the old swimming pool part down by the sea, overlooking The Mewstone. This was just a quick walk, with bad weather forecast…

Warren Point walk

Something different today, the weather on the moors hasn’t been the best this week and doesn’t look like changing for a fair few more days at least. Strong winds, low cloud and lots of drizzle seem to be the order of the day. However today the weather on the coast was forecast to be dry…

Bigbury Beach

Time for something a little different, this was my last day on holiday before heading back to work the next day. I’d not been to Bigbury for a while and whilst the car park charges are steep its a good place for a little walk, especially across to Burgh Island. The tide was just about…

Boys, beach and BBQ

Slightly different from the norm for me, no Dartmoor, no tors and no bogs this time. Instead it was a trip after work with a BBQ to the beach to catch the teatime sunshine and have a some fun. We headed for Wembury Point, mainly because its quieter than Wembury beach itself but also so…

Mountbatten Fort and Breakwater

Just time for a quick walk this afternoon. The hope was to dodge between the showers and stay dry, this was pretty much accomplished and with the added sunshine it made for a nice half an hour. Hopefully I can get out onto Dartmoor tomorrow (Sunday) although the forecast is pretty poor.