Walking North Devon

North Devon offers some of the best walking routes in the region, and during autumn/winter I don’t think that there is a better time to explore what this sensational region has to offer.

Firstly, there are the many coastal paths that follow the rocky, untamed cliff edges. These are perfectly safe walks even in winter and on a clear day give the most spectacular views across the Bristol Channel, in some places you can even see Wales and the outline of the Brecon Beacons on the horizon!

Secondly, if the coast paths aren’t your thing or if the winds are at gale force, it’s easy to find shelter in the wooded paths on Exmoor. These sheltered and meandering walks are some of my favourite in the area, particularly because there is always something new to be found, whether it’s the wildlife or the interesting foliage.

If you enjoy walking, and want to see the region’s most scenic spots for yourself, an event not to be missed is the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival held in April 2013. The festival is a great 10 day event celebrating the beautiful scenery of North Devon and is open to walking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. For more information visit the festival website or the Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre.

What are you waiting for? Grab a thermos, wrap up warm and explore this magical winter wonderland on foot, I’ll see you out there!

Fishing in Cornwall

When the weather’s good, I really don’t think there’s any better activity than settling down beside the water and hooking up a line to do some fishing.

Since I was a young lad I’ve always enjoyed fishing, perhaps it’s the memories of long summer days enjoying the sunshine as it reflects off the water, with the (very) occasional catch!

Recently I made the most of a hot weekend by heading over to Falmouth. It’s a lovely port town that makes for an idyllic holiday destination. I went with a few buddies that I used to go to school with back in the day and we had a superb time catching up and chatting about times gone by, often actually reminiscing about the times we went fishing and actually managed to catch something… (We weren’t so lucky this weekend!)

However, one of the best things about the day was the new Rick Stein restaurant that’s opened here recently. Potentially the best fish & chips I’ve ever eaten – just a shame it wasn’t what we caught!

I found a really good map that details many of the different places that you can go to enjoy some fishing. Check it out by clicking here.

Horse Racing in Devon

The sport of Kings is well and truly alive in Devon, with a number of different courses for you to enjoy a spot of horse racing in this beautiful South west county.

So here’s a little preview of the courses where we’ll be reviewing some racing and considering horse-riding in general over the coming months!

If you choose to head to Exeter race-course you can enjoy some fine hospitality and some of the best racing around the whole of England.

Alternatively Newton Abbot race-course has a number of fantastic events throughout the year. As the leading summer jumping racecourse and only a short distance from the coast, whether you’re after your first experience of horse-racing or you’re a regular, the meets here offer something for everyone.

Check back here for updates on Devon horse-racing and our thoughts on some Devon horse-racing holidays soon!