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Our Favourite Pub Walks in Devon - By Alex Gwillim

29th February 2020
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Whatever the weather a good yomp is a must do whilst visiting East Devon and there’s no better incentive than a hearty pub meal at the end. With much of East Devon being a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it’s not surprising that walking is such a popular activity. From mossy woodland to dramatic coastal views, Devon has something for every nature lover.

 Be sure to pack your hat, coat and wellies and get ready to explore some of our favourite Devon walking routes.

Short Distance

Whether you have a young family or simply prefer leisurely strolls, Devon has a plethora of wonderful short walks. One of our favourites is along the River Otter, starting in the quaint village of Tipton St John just a few miles from Ottery. There is a donation box car park just opposite the garage, from here walk past the tennis courts and through the cricket field to cross the bridge. Following the river, you can see a variety of wildlife from rabbits and foxes to farm animals grazing in the fields, if you’re really quiet you may even be lucky enough to see a king fisher resting by the water. On your return we highly recommend the Golden Lion Inn, from fresh seafood to a Sunday roast you are sure to have a delicious meal here. With low wooden beams, stone interior walls and a log fire The Golden Lion retains a tradition pub vibe for you to warm up in, or on a sunny day one can also take advantage of the grassy beer garden. It’s always best to ring ahead and book just to be sure you will get a table.

If you still want to explore the beautiful River Otter but don’t have a big appetite, we recommend starting the walk from the picturesque town of Otterton. Here you will find scrumptious meals, light bites and cream tea’s at Otterton Mill. This ancient mill dates back to 1068, they use the water powered mill to produce stoneground wholemeal flour and it is fully open for public viewing. You will also find their Devon Food Shop selling an excellent selection of food and drink made by artisan producers in Devon and the South West. Leaving here you can choose to walk up the river, or down towards Budleigh Salterton.

Short or Long- The South West Coast Path has it all

The South West Coast Path covers a stunning 630 miles of challenging coastline, with Sweetcombe properties covering Topsham to Beer, they make the perfect base to explore it. If it’s a shorter walk you’re after we highly recommend Beer to Branscombe, both of these villages are a great place to visit. Our favourite hidden gem is The Fountain Head at the top of Branscombe, serving delicious roasts with a great selection of local ales through winter and hog roasts and live music through summer. Tucked away in the countryside lanes with no WiFi, it’s a truly authentic experience with excellent food to match. If you want to soak up the coastal views 24/7, why not stay in one of our gorgeous Branscombe beach chalets, these chalets really are a piece of heaven with un-interrupted views of Lyme Bay and genuine ‘peace and quiet’ to relax and unwind. 

If you want to stretch your legs a bit further why not base yourself in Budleigh or Sidmouth and try walking between the two (10km one way), the view from High Peak is not for the faint hearted but is certainly worth the climb. These two seaside towns host a variation of brilliant cafés, pubs and shops and friendly locals to match.

If you’re thinking about your next trip to Devon, or maybe even planning your first visit, why not call our friendly team at Sweetcombe. Between us, we have explored most walks in Devon and we’re happy to share our favourites with you and help you choose the perfect home from home from our beautiful portfolio of properties. For the dog lovers out there, we have plenty of pet friendly properties for you to enjoy with your four-legged friends and experience all the beautiful  dog walks in Devon.