Last week, I headed back to North Devon to visit my parents for Christmas. And having moved away from the coast a few years back, I obviously insisted on heading out for a beach-based walk 😉
There’s something so lovely about being on the coast outside of the busy summer season, and I definitely took it for granted when I lived there!
We headed out a few days after Christmas to work off some of the holiday indulgence, and the weather was perfect. Cold, sunny, and a bit breezy (becoming VERY breezy by the end as the storm rolled in, but it’s all good fun!)
My parents live just a few miles inland, so the coast path really is right on their doorstep. And the views NEVER get old.
We started at Croyde beach, and walked around the headland to Putsburough and Woolacombe (where I used to surf, back in the day!) and then back along the country lanes to Croyde. It was only 3 miles or so, but it was just what we needed!
It’s easy to overlook walking when focusing on running all the time, but it’s so good for cross training and really works the little stability muscles that I tend to miss out at the gym.
One of my resolutions for 2016 will definitely be to get out on the local trails more – especially living in the middle of the Surrey Hills! (Route recommendations welcome!)
Plus, a decent walk is a great excuse for a pub lunch 😉
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Do you like walking/hiking? What are your favourite places/routes?