East Devon walks can keep you active in the festive season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 December 2016

Sunset towards Branscombe. Picture: East Devon District Council

Sunset towards Branscombe. Picture: East Devon District Council

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There are lots of walking opportunities in East Devon to help you stay active.

There are lots of walking opportunities in East Devon to help you stay active.

Christmas is a lovely time to gather with friends and family and enjoy mince pies, cheese, wine and other indulgent treats!

Luckily, in East Devon there are lots of opportunities for walking, to work off those extra Christmas calories and to enjoy the outdoors.

One great spot to explore is Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, where migrating birds have arrived to spend the winter. Look out for Brent geese and Slavonian grebe which have arrived from locations such as Arctic Siberia to feed on the plants and creatures found in estuary.

East Devon District Council’s Countryside Team, which manages the reserve, encourages you to walk around the site, rather than across the mud/sand, to avoid disturbing the birds during this important winter feeding period.

Those looking for a longer walk from Exmouth can join up with the East Devon Way or the Exe Trail.

If visiting, you are asked to use the Imperial Recreation Ground car park and enjoy a flat and leisurely stroll taking in views across the estuary.

For more challenging walks, there are over 26 miles of the South West Coast Path in East Devon, running from Exmouth through to Lyme Regis.

The South West Coast Path forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

The variety of challenging and hilly walks provide stunning views along the coast.

Tim Dafforn, of the Countryside team, said: “The coast path is very popular and attracts thousands throughout the year. There are a number of walks with stunning views including along the River Otter in Budleigh Salterton and the dramatic Underhooken walk between Beer and Branscombe.

“We live in a top location for walking, so we hope you enjoy exploring at this festive time of year.”

East Devon District Council’s Countryside team works alongside the National Trust and other landowners to maintain the path on behalf of Devon County Council.

For more information on the sites managed by the East Devon District Council Countryside team, and for walking ideas visit wildeastdevon.co.uk

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