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Walk off the Christmas pounds with these beautiful South Devon New Year walks

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Walk off the Christmas pounds with these beautiful South Devon New Year walks

(Beesands. Credit: Reading Tom

Once the presents are unwrapped, the turkey is eaten and the Christmas cake mere crumbs on a plate, the one enduring legacy of Christmas are those Christmas pounds. Your midriff feels a little softer, there may be some excess love handle spilling over your waistband and you feel a tad sluggish. It’s time to shift the hangover from the excesses of Christmas, and there’s no better way than taking a New Year break in South Devon.

The weather will still have that crisp winter edge to it, but South Devon has a much milder climate than the rest of the UK so there’s no excuse for not getting out of your holiday cottage and enjoying the scenery. You  can book a great place to stay by visiting

Wrap up warm and enjoy these 4 beautiful South Devon New Year walks.

1. Bolberry Down. This is a nice easy walk that clocks in at just under 2 miles so is suitable for all ages and abilities. The paths run along the high cliff tops giving sweeping views of the surrounding area and coastline. It’s a circular route that takes you along Soar Mill Cove, which is a dog friendly beach. If you fancy something a bit longer you can extend the walk on to Hope Cove where you’ll find pubs and shops.

2.Beesands And Hallsands. This walk will take you along the coast past Hallsands, where a village was abandoned shortly before the land it was situated on collapsed into the sea. On a blustery winter day the sea crashes over the rocks along the shore, sending spray high into the air. It’s a beautiful circular walk that should pose little trouble to most people.

Walk off the Christmas pounds with these beautiful South Devon New Year walks

Hallsands. Credit: Stephen Jones

3. Westcombe and Wanwell. If you’re up for a longer walk with some challenging climbs then this is the route for you. At almost six miles long, and with plenty of steep ups and downs you’ll certainly know that you’ve been on your feet by the end of this one. This walk really shows off the rugged beauty of the South Devon coastline. You’ll follow cliff top paths that let you view the dark winter seas crashing around stacks and islets in the craggy inlets and coves. At the end of the walk you can drop into the dog-friendly Dolphin Inn for some hearty food.

Walk off the Christmas pounds with these beautiful South Devon New Year walks

Scabbacombe. Credit: Shirokazan

4.Scabbacombe and Mill Bay. One for the history buffs. This lengthy trek will challenge even more experienced walkers, but you’ll get to explore a World War II battery and a National Trust property. After a bit of cross country walking you’ll reach the coast and get to wander through the remnants of the old Brownstone Battery. An information centre will let you in on the interesting history of the defences before you head on to Pudcombe Cove. You can visit Coleton Fishacre House with its beautiful gardens before finishing the walk.


There you have it: 4 wonderful walks along South Devon’s charming coastline which will make you feel alive again.

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