Britain is one of the premier destinations in the world for long-distance hiking. Surprisingly, very few North Americans know about this. Many people are aware of the Appalachian trail in the eastern U.S. and the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, but ask someone about Offa’s Dyke or the Pennine Way and you’re bound to get puzzled looks. In short, these trails are a well-kept secret.
In part three of our North Devon coastal hike, we hike past a lighthouse to a rocky point that juts far out into the sea. We enjoy a day with spectacular weather, and hike around Baggy Point to the golden sands of Woolacombe Beach. We finish our hike at the pub in Croyde, a surfing town.
In part two of our North Devon coastal hike, we hike along spectacular cliffs overlooking the ocean. We find a little robin along the trail that agrees to have its picture taken. We hike through fields of bluebells and across endless moorlands. We catch the sunset at Combe Martin, and we explore the Victorian architecture and arts scene of Ilfracombe.
In part one of our North Devon coastal hike, we ride a steam train to our starting point. We check out the historic town of Dunster and its castle. We get caught in a rainstorm on the moors and seek shelter in a little tearoom. We hike along steep coastal cliffs to Lynmouth, where we ride a funicular train powered entirely by water.
We stumbled upon this wonderful day hike somewhat by accident. We were staying in a B&B on the outskirts of Laxe. When we arrived the day before, we had noticed a little sign indicating “praia” (beach) pointing down a country road. The next day we decided to investigate.