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Five great circular coastal walks to enjoy in Devon

PUBLISHED: 13:05 09 May 2016

Looking across Saunton Beach to Braunton Burrows.

Looking across Saunton Beach to Braunton Burrows.

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Get out onto the South West Coast Path this spring and you could win an iPad Mini 2. To get you in the mood here are five great circular walks to enjoy on Devon’s coasts.

Bandit at Searush Cove, Noss MayoBandit at Searush Cove, Noss Mayo

Best for families:

Noss Mayo and Revelstoke Drive. This is an easy walk of 4.2 miles that starts and finishes at Warren Car Park. The many faces of maritime South Devon are all here in one walk; wild open sea and rugged coast, sheltered estuary, wooded riverbanks, and the waterfront village of Noss Mayo with its chocolate box charm. There is a perilous path down to the beach at Cellars Cove, which offers a tranquil and secluded place to swim in calm water, paddle in the rockpools and do some crabbing. This route is also dog friendly and parts of this walk can be accessed by tramper, wheelchairs and pushchairs. To check if it’s suitable for you, take a look at the full downloadable route.

southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/91/

Aymer Cove.Aymer Cove.

Best for a picnic:

Brownsham and Clovelly. Be dazzled with colour on this five mile walk through some of North Devon’s finest landscapes, including National Trust land and the Clovelly Estate. The beach at Mouthmill is sheltered by high wooded cliffs and makes for a picturesque picnic spot with a stream running into the sea and views of Blackchurch Rock. The trail takes you through Culm grassland, woodland and heathland, all rich in plants and wildlife. A great walk in spring, when cackling pheasants strut through a woodland carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic, and nesting seabirds squabble on the cliffs.

southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/109/

Common Blue butterfly shows it's colours at Braunton Burrows.Common Blue butterfly shows it's colours at Braunton Burrows.

Best for wildflowers

Croyde and Saunton Down. From the National Trust’s Baggy Point car park, this 4.5 mile walk is perfect for summer strolls. A bracing walk that weaves its way through a network of old lanes to climb to a vantage point high above three miles of golden sand at Saunton, with breathtaking views right across Bideford Bay and the Taw and Torridge estuary. On the far side of the hill you follow a grassy path bordered with wildflowers to pick up the old coastguard path around the low cliffs at Down End, returning across Croyde Beach. A lovely walk in spring, when the gorse is blazing and the thorn bushes are covered in blossom and home to songbirds.

southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/106/

Best for wildlife and geology:

Exmouth seafront. A 4.4 mile walk from Exmouth railway station taking you through the sand dunes and along the seafront. Check out the wildlife of the Maer Local Nature Reserve and then travel on above a red sandstoe/mudstone coastline formed over 250 million years ago in a desert near the Equator. The famous Geoneedle at Orcombe Point provides a fascinating display of the rocks that can be found along the Jurassic Coast, which starts right here.

southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/560/

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Win an iPad Mini2

Millions of people from all walks of life flock to Devon every year to enjoy its spectacular coastline.

One of the best ways to explore it is on foot with a walk along the South West Coast Path.

To celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, the charity that seeks to protect the Coast Path has launched a competition to give seaside lovers the chance to win an iPad Mini 2.

The South West Coast Path and its lead sponsor South West Water, which has invested millions in improving the region’s bathing waters in recent years, are inviting people to send in their snapshots of a day out ‘Beside the Sea’. It doesn’t have to be taken by an expert using a great camera – just your mobile phone or tablet will do - the only rule is that it reflects something that people love about the coast or shows them enjoying a great day out ‘Beside the Sea’.

It could be a shot of a couple resting a while to admire the view or a child collecting seashells, whatever catches your eye. The winner will be chosen by the Pennon Photographic winner Marcus Brown, who is a waste water catchment operator with South West Water.

To enter simply send in your snapshots to hello@southwestcoastpath.org.uk with ‘Beside the Sea’ as the subject by the closing date of 31 May.

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