Walk this May
A brisk march to burn off some energy. A gentle amble to drink in the delights of nature. Discovering hidden gems in your neighbourhood. Finding respite during the toughest of times. Spending precious moments with family and friends, or a chance to escape for some time alone!
Whatever walking has meant to you in this past year, it has certainly been significant in the lives of many. Who would have thought that something as simple as going for a walk would have become such a lifeline?
Below you’ll find some simple walks to get you started, with maps and instructions that you can download to take with you.
If you have little ones to entertain along the way, why not try out some of the activities in our Explore and Create videos.
Hembury Hillfort, near Payhembury, is the finest prehistoric hillfort in Devon, with massive defensive ramparts and a great place for a walk. Hembury is particularly beautiful place to explore at this time of year as the bluebells come out. It is also an excellent site to introduce children to life in the Iron Age. To help you get the most from your walk, watch our Hembury – Explore and Create video and these Hillfort videos before you set off.
To view Hembury from a distance, you can follow our Broadhembury and North Hill walking route. This is a superb 4.5-mile walk with magnificent views and the special atmosphere of the picturesque village of Broadhembury. It starts with a climb, then a flat section and finally a good downhill stretch.
Hemyock and along the Culm Valley
If you’re walking with young children, check out our Colour Spotting – Explore and Create video for an idea of what you can do along the way.
Take a Monumental Meander!
From Wellington town centre footpaths will take you all the way to the Wellington Monument. The Monument is only a few miles away, so it’s a great way to access the countryside if you don’t have transport from town.
It you’re looking for a very gentle stroll, you can park in the Wellington Monument carpark and amble along the tree-lined approach. It’s a great place for a picnic too!
Staple Hill Easy Access Trail
As the name suggests, Staple Hill Easy Access Trail enables everyone, including those with limited mobility, to enjoy the beautiful countryside the Blackdown Hills AONB has to offer. The viewpoints have picnic benches and seating and the kissing gates are big enough for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are also no steep gradients and the wide compacted path surface makes pushing wheelchairs and pushchairs easy.
Chard to Chaffcombe
The is four-mile Chard to Chaffcombe walk will take you through some attractive and interesting countryside. There is one hill to climb, but you’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view at the top. The route starts from the nature reserve car park at the end of Oaklands Road, Chard.
Otterhead Lakes is a beautiful nature reserve on the site of a former Victorian estate. This circular walk at Otterhead Lakes will take you around the various semi-natural habitats including wet woodland, dry deciduous woodland, grassland, and freshwater streams. It’s a great time of year for bluebells too!
Follow for more
Throughout May, discover some more of the routes you can take via our social media channels. Follow along and we’ll have you walking on air!