Walking holidays on the Devon coast
Here at Oakdown we are surrounded by the most beautiful scenery! The best way to see it is to get out on foot …. below are our picks of circular walks, coastal strolls, woodland wanders and river rambles!
- A lovely walk through fields and woods around the picturesque hamlet of Branscombe, with its thatched cottages and workshops. Almost every footstep offers up a fascinating glimpse of Branscombe history – from the Stone Age men who made their tools with local flints, through sixth and seventh century Celtic saints and medieval Saxons, Normans and Crusaders, to the sixteenth century, when most of the village was built.
A ramble through the Hooken Undercliff, where a dramatic landslip in 1790 left a tumbled landscape where thick vegetation is speared through by spectacular white cliffs and pinnacles, providing a haven for wildlife. Returning along the clifftops above, where there are spectacular views in either direction of red cliffs soaring beyond the white, the walk links the villages of Beer and Branscombe with tales of smugglers, Romans and lacemakers.
An invigorating hike through the woods and moorland inland from High Peak, with standing stones that moved, a woodcutter who hid contraband beneath his logs when times were hard, and a landscape crisscrossed with ancient pathways.
An inland walk exploring the history of a community which turned to farming when the river silted up and the maritime trade began to wane. Two of the farms featured are listed buildings, with thatch and cob farmhouses and brick and flint outbuildings.Â An optional shortcut bypasses some of the steep ascent and descent.
An invigorating hike through the woods and moorland inland from High Peak, with standing stones that moved, a woodcutter who hid contraband beneath his logs when times were hard, and a landscape crisscrossed with ancient pathways
- The Masons Trail is a short trail using the South West Coast Path and footpaths that reveals the rich legacy of stoneworking and quarrying in the area. This can be traced back to Roman times and has been a major industry in the area. With this walk discover the stories of these past industrial relics that lie hidden behind the tranquil beauty of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.