These are a  just few examples  of  the 36 stunning walks and wild swimming trails available on the blog page. 


12. Dorset: Osmington Mill - unusual and unpredictable Durdle Door - and Lulworth Cove


6. Cornwall: Polzeath - The Rumps (circular)


33. Dorset: Martyrs, Holloway and Colmer's Hill (circular)

These walks can be muddy and strenuous. Please wear appropriate gear and take care.  

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Location: Exeter, Devon.

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8. Devon: *Sidmouth - Otter - Ladram Bay (circular)

36. Lyme Regis: A hike and fossil hunt on the Devon Dorset border

West Coast Ramblings

In case the pictures lead you to think the Westcountry - or West Country to most (I don't hear a pause between syllables) - has permanently benign weather, check the video above. Durdle Door, sun blazing, beach crowded, and suddenly the wind got up and the sun went elsewhere. The sunbathers were so surprised it took them a while to stampede for home. Chilly! 

Don't be put off. Along with interesting weather, beautiful and varied countryside, and fabulous beaches, it's rich in history myth and characters, too (not to mention great pubs). Each trail-blog guide contains some of those pleasures.

Some of these walks are in remote areas. A good map and compass are essential - particularly on the moors. Dartmoor is probably the only place in the UK where you can escape all signs of human occupation. If they were there, they sank in the bog with a Celtic 'Damn, I knew I should have brought that vellum map and lodestone.'    


So, slide those smelly boots on and enjoy, but be safe.

Ps... It used to be Tor Quay before Torquay became  a safe haven for naval ships in preference to exposed (before the breakwater) Plymouth. Seems to me losing the gap between West and Country is long overdue.