Devon is rich with stunning scenery and nature, beautiful at any time of the year but watching the sun rise over the glittering frosted fields in winter is something spectacular to behold. Pack your woolly jumpers, hats and novelty Christmas socks and set out on one of our favourite Christmas walks this winter.
One of our family’s favourite Christmas walks is a circular walk on Dartmoor, packed with flasks full of hot chocolate and a hearty pub lunch at The Warren House Inn to finish. Choose from a selection of self-guided short walks direct from the National Park Visitor Centres at Haytor, Postbridge and Princetown. Another stunning Dartmoor walk is around Fernworthy Reservoir, a 3 mile mostly flat walk, soaking in the dramatic landscape reflecting on the water, finished off with a lunch in the quaint village of Chagford, a short drive away. Be sure to take a map and plenty of warm clothes as the weather can change in an instant!
This National Trust House is on the outskirts of Exeter, wonder around the grounds or enjoy the 2.5 mile circular loop walk which starts at Killerton House and winds its way through the estate to Danes Wood before looping back again. This route is dog friendly, and one of our favourite Christmas dog walks.
Orcombe Point Geoneedle, Exmouth
Stroll along the golden sands of Exmouth beach to the Eastern end, then up the zigzag steps to view the Geoneedle which marks the Western end of the Jurassic Coast. This ancient stretch of coastline stretches from here to Studland Bay in Dorset, with facts dating back to the Triassic period when this area was a desert. Enjoy a hot drink and cake from Hangtime next to Mickeys Beach whilst watching kite surfers brave the sea!
Salcombe Hill circular walk
Starting from the National Trust car park on Salcombe Hill just on the outskirts of Sidmouth. Explore the views of cliffs and valleys at the along the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site on this trail that follows parts of the famous South West Coast Path. Take a flask of tea and sit on a bench at the Frogstone Steps for a stunning view. Head through the valley and up to Weston Plats for its 19th-century cliff allotments, which back then rivalled Jersey’s early crop of new potatoes.
Woodbury Common Circular
One of our favourite Christmas common walks is Route 1 of the East Devon Way starts at Woodbury Castle car park and follows tracks and footpaths to Woodbury village with good views of the Exe Estuary. This is a This 4.5 mile leisurely walk with two pubs for refreshments in Woodbury.
Christmas Light Walks
Marvel at a range of Christmas walks with lights in Devon, from Connaught at Christmas, Powderham castle and Zooluminate at Dartmoor Zoo. Take the whole family and enjoy enchanted Christmas walks to make those precious memories.
We have a fantastic selection of properties and dog friendly cottages to choose for a Christmas or Winter break. Take advantage of the low season winter rates and take time to indulge in the beautiful East Devon nature.