Autumn is one of my favourite times to head to the coast; it is still light enough to make the most of your day but also cold enough to wrap up warm in as many cosy layers as possible and spend the evening curled up in front of a log fire. There are so many beautiful parts of the British coast but being Devon girls we are a little partial to that particular county and they do do a great cream tea too- if we say so ourselves!
Only last weekend we packed up our bags and braced ourselves for the crowds at Paddington station to grab a seat on the oh so popular 7.06pm train to Plymouth. (A M&S snack supply and tinnies are highly recommended here.) Pulling into Exeter St David’s you could always smell the salt in the air and the London grime wash away.
Our accommodation for the weekend was a large country house surrounded by rural fields nestled inbetween the thatched cottage villages of Farringdon and Woodbury Salterton. Despite a rather stormy Friday night the rest of the weekend was beautiful- that perfect autumn weather where it is crisp but bright. Great for country walks and river strolls.
One of our favourite walks actually started at the local Donkey sanctuary (too cute!) along a tree lined valley and ending up on the impressive Jurassic Coast. After rather a steep climb down we found ourselves on one of the most beautiful beaches we had ever seen, so remote and empty it felt like we were the only people to have ever visited.
Following our blue sky’s and sea aired filled weekend we were inspired to research further into easy to reach coastal spots, filled with British seaside charm, beautiful empty beaches and of course a great local pub.
- Prawle Point– South Devon. Just a few miles away from the pretty seaside town of Salcombe, this headland walk boasts amazing views across the Salcombe estuary and some pretty impressive cliff top climbs. Managed by the National Trust its a beautiful place to spend a Saturday afternoon exploring.
- Lulworth Cove– Dorset. From steep, windy cliff paths to long stretches of sandy beaches walking around Lulworth cove has something for everyone. The beautiful crystal clear water of the bay is perfect rock pooling and water sports. There is even a beach side cafe called The Boat shed selling delicious homemade cakes and daily specials.
- Kingswear– South Devon. Across the estuary from Dartmouth these pretty sailing towns are full of fish restaurants, art galleries and traditional pubs. This slightly more challenging walk is a beautiful costal circuit between these two towns with amazing views across the whole estuary.
- Woolacombe– North Devon. Woolacombe is one of Devon’s most impressive beaches, recently voted the number one beach in the U.K. this three mile stretch of golden sand can be found between the headlands of Baggy Point and Morte Point. Backed by impressive sand dunes and with amazing views across the ocean this is a great place for that Sunday stroll.
- Beer– Dorset. Explore Beer’s amazing if yet slightly demanding coastal path with dramatic views over the Jurassic coastline. A World Heritage Site, the village of Beer is surrounded by white chalk cliffs with a shingle beach that is lined with fishing boats bringing in their daily catches.