Want to get fit but don’t want to join a gym? Why not combine a bit of gentle exercise with a great holiday on a walking break in South Devon? Walking breaks have become a popular holiday alternative to the usual bucket and spade beach break. They’re a fantastic way of leaving the demands of life behind you and enjoying all that the countryside has to offer. South Devon is rich with green lanes, coastal paths and Heritage walks that will let you see the sights that are reserved for those who choose to go off the beaten track a little.
Award Winning Campsites
As you have to carry everything with you on walking breaks, the best form of accommodation has to be the back to nature experience offered by campsites. South Devon has some top quality campsites catering for walkers and ramblers, many of which have been received awards for their standards and facilities. Ross Park in Newton Abbot is right on the edge of Dartmoor and has been awarded five AA stars and a further five from Visit Britain.
Along your walk, you are likely to discover some of the small villages and hamlets that other visitors miss on their dash to the coast. These hidden gems often have their own festivals and events throughout the year and you may be able to plan your walking break with some of these events in mind. The Occombe Beer Festival gives you the chance to sample over 60 local ales and ciders and culminates in a hog roast accompanied by live music. The walk the next day will clear any cobwebs you may have after the revelries of the night before, too.
A good way to plan your walking holiday is to give yourself a reward to work towards, such as a night in a B&B or a plush hotel. By tracing your route, you will be able to see which hotels are closest to your final destination and book yourself in for a night of luxurious clean sheets, warm surroundings and fantastic food.
Walking breaks are an invigorating and restorative way of taking a holiday. If you plan your route in advance you will be able to enjoy the best of South Devon and all it has to offer. And it’s cheaper than a gym membership.