When you visit the South West you can’t miss out on some of the fantastic walks around the coast. Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have lots of different walking routes all along our coastline and with the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail right on our doorstep there’s plenty of routes to choose from now matter on your ability.

Beginners

From our campsite there are 3 recommended walks for beginners on the South West Coastal Path site. 

Torridge Ships and Shipbuilding’ 3 miles

This walk takes you from Bideford Quay along the riverside of the River Torridge and ends in the delightful village of Appledore just a short drive, bus route or further walk from Livit Adventures campsite.  If you have an interest in boats and maritime this walk will really interest you.

Westward Ho! to Cornborough Cliffs’ 1.5 miles

Walking along the old railway line this route is perfect for all abilities as the flat pathway takes you on a scenic route along the coastline. You will reward yourself with the view at the end of the walk.

Torridge Tarka Trail’ 3 or 6 miles

Perfect for cyclists, prams and all abilities this flat part of the Tarka Trail takes you along the river along the old railway line. You can either catch a bus to make the journey back or turn around and make it a loop.

Slight challenge

Abbotsham and Westward Ho!’ 5.3 miles

Taking a mixture of country lanes, public footpaths and the coastal path this route offers a chance to follow in some famous authors footsteps such as Charles Kingsley and Rudyard Kipling along the Westward Ho! Coastline. If it’s been raining prior you may want to wear some suitable footwear as some spots may be muddy!

Appledore and Northam Burrows’ 6.8 miles

We love the Burrows and you won’t be disappointed on this walk for a mostly flat route with some gentle climbs and traditional stiles to mount! You’ll pass through Appledore famed for its shipbuilding and the beach of Westward Ho! with its pebble ridge.

Expert hiker

Westward Ho! Kingsley and Kipling Walk’ 5.8 miles

Here you can follow in Charles Kingley’s footsteps on this challenging uphill walk from the town of Westward Ho! You’ll find cliff side walking, views across the channels and plenty of good ol’ countryside to get your heart pumping on this walk along the coast.

If you love walking you will love our coastal walking activity camp. Find out more about our adventure weekends.

If you haven’t tried yoga before, why not? It’s got so many health benefits and can be quite a relaxing way to do some exercise. Here’s ten reasons why you have to try yoga now!

It increases your posture

If you work at a desk then yoga can be a fantastic way of maintaining a good posture and keeping you more aligned. This will help reduce pain in your back, neck and shoulders.

It builds muscle

It may seem like it’s all about stretching but actually yoga takes a lot of core body strength. From doing the plank to the complete downward dog you will build up a lot of different muscles.

It increases your flexibility

With frequent yoga sessions you can increase your muscle flexibility. You will soon notice the difference after just a few sessions.

It can help you sleep

The practice of yoga will help you to get a better night of slumber. The practice of yoga before bedtime can help put you in a better space of relaxation to drop right off.

It helps with concentration

Yoga is just as much about the mind as it is about the body. You will find that observing your body and mind through the practice of yoga helps clear your mind and helps you concentrate better in everyday life.

It can reduce stress

As with the above it can help you focus on the matter at hand which can help to reduce your stress levels. It also helps you take the practice to the real world where you can reflect during the day so you don’t get overwhelmed.

It helps you lose weight

It may not be a heavy cardio session but yoga can help you shed those calories. You’ll leave a session with a real sense of a workout but without the sweaty mess!

It helps you to learn to breathe correctly

You may not know it but you may not be using your full lung capacity! Taking yoga can teach you to focus on your breathing and find out about using every part of your lung.

It can help to lower blood sugar

If you have a high blood sugar or cholesterol you should definitely consider yoga. Along with weight loss this low impact exercise is great for correcting body imbalances.

It will lead to a happier mindset

As well as boosting your confidence, you can also gain a happier mindset through the practice of yoga.

If you want to try yoga why not consider one of our activity camps with a dedicated weekend of yoga for all abilities – whether you are an expert at downward dog or can’t ever envisage being able to touch your toes we are here to help!