Subscribe to our newsletter None saved

Five of the best Boxing day walks

Winter at Holywel Bay by Winter at Holywell Bay. Photographer John Ray, Cornwall.Walk off the mince pies and blow away the cobwebs with a bracing stroll along the world-famous South West Coast Path. Stretching 630 miles from Minehead to Poole, the Coast Path is the perfect antidote to Christmas lethargy – whether you’re after a hearty hike crossing Cornish sand dunes or a rosy-faced ramble with stunning views across the Exmoor coastline, there’s a walk to suit all ages and abilities. Here’s the South West Coast Path team’s pick of the best…

  1. Berry Head (5.7 miles) Berry Head is a prominent feature on the South Devon coast, with views that encompass the whole of Tor Bay and beyond to the red cliffs of the East Devon coast. St Mary's Bay to the East of Sharkham Point is dog-friendly all year.

  2. Tyneham Village and Flowers Barrow (4 miles) A spectacular walk taking in the deserted Dorset village of Tyneham, chalk grasslands, and the Iron Age hill fort at Flowers Barrow with its stunning views along the coast and inland across the Dorset countryside. This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and there is a nearby pub where dogs are welcome.

  3. Sir John Betjeman (3.7 miles) A gentle walk through the dunes beside the golden beaches on the eastern bank of the River Camel, taking in Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman's grave in the churchyard of the tiny St Enodoc Church. The route passes Brea Hill, site of Bronze Age burial mounds and later a Roman encampment, and there is an optional detour to the holy well used by the Welsh hermit Enodoc to baptise his converts. The walk is mostly flat and travels through sandy grassland. DaymarBay is dog-friendly.

  4. Bossington to Selworthy (4.6 miles) A pleasant half-day walk that takes in three picturesque villages with chocolate-box thatched cottages and has stunning views of the Exmoor coastline, over the heights of Selworthy Beacon and the shaded paths of Selworthy and Allerford Woods. Generally easy walking on good level wide tracks with just one long very steep climb.

  5. 5. Holywell (3.7 miles) A varied walk crossing sand dunes, cliff tops and maritime heathland. There’s an Iron Age cliff castle and the walk is good for wildflowers and bird watching. Polly Joke and Holywell are dog-friendly beaches. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog-friendly beaches and pubs. 

Published on: Dec. 20, 2013

Latest News

Latest Events

Facebook

  • Godrevy Lighthouse from Gwithian Towans, Cornwall. The coast path from Hayle to Godrevy is largely undefined as it crosses the towans (sand dunes), but whichever route you take there are good views of Godrevy Lighthouse. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • St Uny Church, Lelant, Cornwall The church overlooks the Hayle Estuary and is unique as it sits on two popular rights of way, the South West Coast Path, and the St Michael's Way, (which starts at St Uny and crosses to St Michael's Mount on the South Coast). St Uny's church dates back to the 12th century, originally called St Euny's church. St Uny (or Euny), is a popular saint in the area, there are several local churches dedicated to the saint Hayle and Redruth for example). The present church at Lelant largely dates from the 15th century. It is thought that the church was rebuilt at a time when wind blown sand silted up the Hayle estuary and encroached on Lelant, the vicarage itself was buried in sand. A number of ancient Cornish crosses can be found in the graveyard. In the 14th century, Lelant lost an estimated 40% of it's population with the Black Plague, many were buried in the church grounds. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • 3 miles of Golden Sand. The view over Porth Kidney to Hayle and Godrevy. It is a short walk through the golf course at Lelant to Porth Kidney and the Hayle Estuary. For the more energetic you can follow the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay or St Ives. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • http://nortcote9.com/2015/08/02-1eventful/2
  • http://northcote9wordpress.com2015/01/08 northcote9wordpress.com more
  • The South West Coast Path added 2 new photos. Very pleased to see our #Challenge630 event in this month's Devon Life Magazine and we made it as a cover line too! Who's up for the challenge? http://t.co/3NlsIFIaG6 more
  • Out on the Coast Path this weekend? Then #voteforus in the #FTAwards2015 http://t.co/QF4BfAVfWK best Eco holiday! Share your pictures of family walks and let your friends know you voted by 31 August t.co more
  • St Michael's Mount from Longrock St Michael's Mount is a tidal island linked to the town of Marazion by a granite causeway. It has a resident population of about 35 and has been the seat of the St Aubyn family since the mid 1600's The earliest buildings, on the summit, date to the 12th century, the harbour is 15th century and the village and summit buildings were rebuilt between 1860 and 1900. The chapel on the summit is appropriately enough dedicated to St Michael, patron saint of high places. The Mount is now managed by The National Trust. A boat service operates from Marazion to the Mount, when the causeway is under water. The path on the left of the photo is the South West Coast path which has been widened and surface between Penzance and Marazion to provide a dual purpose route for walkers and cyclists (bike hire is available). Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • Had a fab time at Yealmpton Show yesterday! Thanks to everyone who popped by to say hello and good luck to all entries in our hike & dine giveaway. Winner to be announced very soon! more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. surveygizmo.com more

Tweets