20th January 2020

Walks on and around the South West Coast Path from The Park Hotel

The North Devon area is a coastal wonderland, perfect for stretching your legs during a walking break.

Meanwhile, the Park Hotel is situated in the heart of North Devon, making us the perfect place to stay for those looking for a walking paradise. 

Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such a beautiful shoreline that constitutes the UK’s longest National Trail? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Here are some walks from the Park Hotel, produced in partnership with the South West Coast Path Association

The River Taw Walk

Easy - 2.1 miles (3.4 km)

The River Taw walk is an extremely pretty and peaceful one. Rock Park with its formal lawns and shrubs and its riverside tree walk was given to the town in 1879 by William Frederick Rock, a shoemaker’s son whose early banking career was blighted by his habit of writing poetry during working hours. 

Home Farm Marsh Walk

Moderate - 7.4 miles (11.8 km)

Follow the ancient Bideford railway line along the River Taw along the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail. At Home Farm Marsh, Fremington, the Gaia Trust has restored the wetlands lost when the farm was an intensive dairy farming unit, and traditional methods of farming have encouraged the return of many species of wildlife. A nice walk for children, who will love the old limekiln that looks like a castle, as well as the remnants of the railway and the tour of the fields at Home Farm Marsh. The walk is level, and much of it is along a broad flat tarmac path. Home Farm Marsh can be wet, however, so wear sensible footwear.

Estuary Walk

Challenging - 11.5 miles (18.5 km)

A walk as long as you want to make it – mostly on a level tarmac trail along the Taw Estuary. Look out for wildfowl and wading birds as you walk past saltmarsh and small rocky beaches to the Heaton Court Pub. For dedicated walkers, the route continues through a once-bustling port and around marshland reclaimed from the sea to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Braunton Burrows. This is the UK’s largest sand dune system with a wealth of rare plants, especially inspiring in spring and early summer, when the blossom is lush on the bushes and the rabbit-cropped turf is carpeted with an amazing assortment of wildflowers.

Would you like some accommodation to turn a visit to these walks into a North Devon break? Here at The Park Hotel, we're ideally located in the heart of the region, meaning all of these beautiful walks are never far away.  


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