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10 of the Most Scenic One Day Walks in Devon, England by Hike Bike Travel

This is a guest blog post by Kevin Darvill, marketing manager at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks, who offer campsites in Devon as well as four caravan holiday parks.

A lot of people travel to Devon to make the most of the countryside, but if you don’t really know the area, it’s very easy to bite off more than you can chew when it comes to walking. It’s disappointing setting out on a circular walk which ends up being too long to complete, and all too disappointing when your walk finishes just when you are getting going!  With this in mind, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite walks in Devon which are all manageable in a day.

Dart Valley Trail

The Dart Valley Trail takes in some of the prettiest villages in Devon. Dittisham is a real rural idyll, and both the starting point of Totnes and finishing point of Dartmouth offer plenty in the way of scenery. If you walk both ways it’s a challenging 24 miles, but it’s flat and easy going in most places. Public transport from either end is also available should you feel that 12 miles is enough for you.

Coastal walking at Dittisham on the Dart Valley Trail.

Bere Peninsula Circular

This fantastic little walk is quite manageable and at only 8 miles in distance, you should be able to conclude in a few hours, depending on your pace. This circular walk kicks off beside the Bere Ferrers, takes you alongside the River Tamar and gives offers at times spellbinding views of the expansive Tamar Valley.

Dartmoor ponies – a horse that has lived in the area for centuries

Exe Valley Ride

This is a lovely little 7 mile walk that is as leisurely as it is fascinating. Following the River Exe and the Exeter Canal, you will only find a variance in altitude of ten metres during the whole route. Exeter’s pretty quay is a particular highlight, but being able to look out across both the Canal and River together is an unusual and rewarding sight.

The River Exe at Exwick

Erne Plym Trail

The Erne Plym Trail doesn’t take in too much in the way of coastal scenery, but Devon is beautiful on the inside and out! This trail takes you through the lovely Ivybridge area, with worthwhile stopping points in Brixton and Combe. The Trail is 17 miles long, so it’s a good route to split into two.

Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Railway Path

This is a 4 mile walk that most should find manageable in a day. It’s perfect for families too because it is flat for its duration. For the most part this walk follows the old and now disused railway that ran from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton, and also takes in  some really beautiful rolling countryside. This peaceful walk is a delight.

Aerial map showing points of interest along the way

See the full details here.

Granite Way 

The Granite Way is what walking in Devon is all about. This incredible 112 mile walk takes you through the awe inspiring Dartmoor National Park, starting in Okehampton and finishing at the incredible Lydford Gorge which includes a spectacular waterfall with whirlpools at the bottom known as the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, this is definitely one for the kids!

The lake viaduct on the Granite Way

Ilfracombe to Ossaborough Railway path

This is just a short 5 mile walk and it’s another unused railway line that provides the route. Start at the pier in Ilfracombe, and head south, where you will pass the impressive Slade Reservoirs and the remarkable rural scenery that is associated with this part of Devon.

Little Dart Ridge and Valley Walk

This walk following the river Dart is more challenging than some might anticipate, with some big hills to negotiate, but if you roll your sleeves up you will be rewarded with some of Devon’s most beautiful sights. Start off at Eggesford Barton and then head west out to Leigh Bridge and the river Dart. You will finish up at Witheridge 12 miles later, ready for a well earned rest!

View over the River Dart

Plymouth’s Waterfront Walkway

Plymouth is not always the first choice when you are looking to discover the really beautiful parts of Devon, but you only have to travel a mile or two out of the city to discover some truly incredible sights. From the Cremyll Ferry Landing spot on the Tamar shore to Jennyclif on the eastern side of Plymouth Sound, this incredible waterfront walk really does show you a side to Plymouth that you might never have known existed.

Teignmouth to Dawlish

This is a really popular walk in Devon. Connected by two delightful coastal towns, this is a fairly challenging 17 mile circular walk. If you want to reduce the distance, you can simply walk from one town to the other, but you will miss some beautiful sights, such as the rolling hills above Dawlish and the staggering views over the town of Teignmouth from an elevated inland vantage point midway through this lovely walk.

The view from the path, looking down onto Teignmouth

Devon is a beautiful County, but by many it is characterised by its two coastlines. The coastal areas of Devon are indeed beautiful, but discovering what Devon has to offer inland is a real treat. The beauty of these walks is that many of them will take the average walker from coast to valley, through woodland and back again, without having to break too much of a sweat!

Credit: This awesome post is by Hike Bike Travel and can be seen with pictures HERE.

6 Hidden Corners You Should Not Miss in Seville,Spain by Sandra on ytravelblog.com

This is a guest post by Sandra from Seville Traveller

Seville is located in the South of Spain , and according to a large majority (including me), it is the most beautiful city of the country. It is not surprising though that it receives more than 1.8 million visitors every year.

As you can imagine, some prefer to discover Seville on a guided tour sharing the experience with another 30 people. But others, independent travellers like you and me, opt to wander around looking for authenticity and uniqueness.

While most of you may associate Seville with bullfighting, flamenco, delicious tapas and amazing sights like the Giralda tower or the Cathedral, the truth is that Seville has a lot more to offer. Actually, most visitors come back after realizing there is so much to see.

Here is a list of some of my favorite places, all of them are away from the touristic circuits and off the beaten path…

Iglesia de Santa Marina (c/ San Luis, 39)

IGLESIA DE SANTA MARINA

Seville is a very old city, dating from the times of the Roman Empire. As a consequence, it is full of monuments, buildings and structures that have been there for centuries. The Iglesia de Santa Marina is one of them.

It was built in the 14th century using the base of an old mosque and it has survived earthquakes, fires and wars. I am always impressed by the simplicity of its design and, at the same time, the personality it has. If you get there and you see that the doors are closed, have a drink at some of the bars around and wait until it is mass time.

Plaza del Cabildo

The Plaza del Cabildo is probably the only circled-square (plaza) in Seville. It is just 2 minutes away from the Cathedral but many miss it because you need to enter through a passage at the Avenida de la Constitución. Look for the entrace while you walk towards the Cathedral.

The action takes place on Sundays, when people from everywhere gather to sell, buy and exchange collectors (stamps, coins, stickers…). Even if you cannot make it on a Sunday, the detour will be worthwhile.

Convento de San Leandro (Plaza de San Ildefonso, 1)

CONVENTO DE SAN LEANDRO SEVILLE SPAIN

The convent is famous for the yemas (sweet made with egg yolk and sugar) the nuns sell there. It was built in the 17th century and, apart from the magnificent retablo mayor(altarpiece) it has two lateral retablos made by Martinez Montañés.

He was a Spanish sculptor (1568-1649) and he is considered one of the masters of the Sevillian school. These two masterpieces seem to be alive and any museum would charge you a fortune to let you admire them.

Plaza Doña Elvira

PLAZA DONA ELVIRA

Despite the fact that the Barrio de Santa Cruz (the old Jewish Quarter) is generally crowded, this little square is the perfect place to sit and relax while feeling the water flowing at the fountain. The mornings are usually not the best time of the day to get there as you will see lots of tourist groups walking around the narrow streets of the barrio.

I prefer to go there early in the afternoon, while everybody is resting after lunch. I consider it a very special place because every little detail is important: the tree’s shade, the mosaics of the benches and the balconies around. It makes me feel I am in a small village of Andalucia rather than in a big city.

Las Golondrinas (c/ Antillano Campos, 26)

TAPAS ANYONE?

After walking around the center, Triana neighborhood deserves a visit. Cross the Isabel II bridge (also known as Puente de Triana) and head to Las Golondrinas, my favorite tapasbar in the city!

There, you will have the chance to taste the best Spanish food and refresh yourself. The menu is not very long (ie. You will not have to choose among dozens of tapas) but the selection is so good you will come back if you have the chance.

Apart from the great local atmosphere, the bar is decorated with typical Sevillian elements. You will love it.

La Alameda de Hércules

LA ALMEDA DE HERCULES

According to the experts, this area is the origin of Seville. In fact, the oldest church of the city, Omnium Sanctorum, is a few minutes walk from there. On each end there are two  huge Roman pillars. At the top of one of them is a statue of Hercules, the founder of Seville according to an old legend.

However, the main attraction of the Alameda is not the columns but the bars and terraces that surround the area. Here, you will find the perfect spot to either have a great breakfast (Sevillanos love to have it at a bar), some nice lunch or a drink in the evening.

This lively neighborhood has developed in the last few years the most trendy atmosphere you can find in town. It is a mix of bohemian and cutting edge styles, where people dress and live differently from the rest. Some venues host independent music bands and the neighborhood is one of the best places to enjoy Seville’s nightlife.

Remember, this is only a sample of all the secrets Seville hides. I could have written an endless list, but I had to choose among all of my favourite places. I am sure that you will find many more plazas, corners and alleys that will marvel you.

Credit: This lovely article is by Sandra on http://www.ytravelblog.com

What are you doing this weekend? Hiking Yosemite’s Mt. Hoffmann

If Yosemite National Park is in your plans for a weekend getaway, consider leaving crowded Yosemite Valley to go stand in the center of the park — literally. Hiking Mt. Hoffmann — the geographical center of the park — is a challenge, but hikers are rewarded with sweeping views of the park’s backcountry. In fact, it’s a 360-degree, bird’s-eye view of the park.

–Mike Morris

( Mike Morris )

To hike Mt. Hoffmann, start at the May Lake trailhead. The trailhead can be found off Tioga Road — accessed by heading west over Tioga Pass or, if coming from Yosemite Valley, via the park’s Big Oak Flat Road. Driving west from Tioga Pass, you’ll pass Tenaya Lake and the Olmsted Point lookout before turning right (if coming from the valley, turn left after Porcupine Flat). Follow the unmaintained road to the May Lake trailhead, which can be found near the bathrooms. Be careful of the potholes.
Credit: An article by Mike Morris in the L.A Times.