These Boots Were Made for Walking – Part 20
Minehead to Westward Ho – (46 miles)
Walk along the picturesque path of the South West Coast between Minehead and Westward Ho. It begins with the extraordinary high ‘Hog’s Back’ cliffs and purple shaded moors, not to mention the beautiful coastal oak woodlands of Exmoor, where you can catch glimpses of the famous Exmoor ponies. Around Combe Martin the coast softens to one of low cliffs, tiny coves and sweeping sandy beaches.
While on your journey immerse yourself in quiet village life, and visit the delightfully picturesque towns of Bossington, Porlock and Lynmouth where you will find a wide assortment of independently owned shops and tearooms. Walking days range from one to two days up to 9 days, covering on average 12 miles each day – taking the car to finish this long trail probably seems like a good idea now!
If you have decided to venture away from Minehead to experience a little bit more of what Devon has to offer, travel around 50 minutes from Minehead down the A39 to Honiton, here you will discover The Railway Inn. Independently owned, this restaurant is nestled amongst rich countryside, and serves up only the best local food and ales.
Any passionate carnivore will feel at home in this Devonshire eatery, with their 35 – day dry aged British beef selected as their steak of choice. If seafood is more your thing you will find only the best Cornish clams and mussels hiding at the bottom of the menu.
Hadrian’s Wall Path – East to West – Wallsend to Bowness – on – Solway – (84 miles)
In 122 AD Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a wall stretching across northern England to keep the advancing Barbarians from invasion, this colossal landmark was named Hadrian’s Wall. This famous wall remains the largest ancient monument in the North of Europe, and stands as one of the most remarkable developments in our history. Take the legendary walk and absorb the breathtaking views across the endless rugged landscape by following in the footsteps of the Legionnaires.
The walk starts at the most easterly outpost of Hadrian’s Wall – standing proudly on the banks of the River Tyne located in Wallsend. Even before the walk has begun you can visit the commanding officer’s house, hospitals and legionnaires barracks. Continuing along the path, views of soaring mountains and vast lakes of the outstanding Lake District create the perfect backdrop of this ambitious walk.
The further west you walk the scenery transcends into the quiet farmland of Carlisle, a city dominated by its magnificent Norman Castle. The walk in total is 134 Km – but don’t be fearful of the distance, there are plenty of alternatives available for different walker’s needs. Walk days range from 4 to 10 full days, so even if you don’t want to cover the entire expanse you can still experience plenty of what this tremendous setting has to offer.