South West: discover hidden gems

Go for a Walk About and discover hidden gems.

One of the greatest joys of heading out for walk is the anticipation of what you might find on the way; a spectacular secret view, a hidden historical ruin or perfect picnic spot. Here are some of our favourite group walks in the South West.


Ancient oak woodland on Dartmoor - Sunday 27 May 2018

The highlight of this walk with the is Black-a-Tor Copse, one of only three remaining ancient oak woodlands on Dartmoor, lying below Black Tor in the beautiful West Okement valley. After the woodland, you’ll climb to Dartmoor's highest point. 

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Medieval wayside cross, guiding pilgrims - Saturday 2 June 2018

A walk above the beautiful valley of the River Taw on quiet paths and lanes, where you'll encounter historic features on the way. The medieval wayside cross near to Eastacott Barton is Grade II listed and would have been a waymark to guide pilgrims and local people between settlements.


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Rodborough Tabernacle’s Little Chapel - Thursday 31 May 2018

A walk through Butterow and Minchinhampton, which will take you past Rodborough Tabernacle Little Chapel, a real arts and crafts gem – converted from a coach house to a church in 1925, its stained glass windows and green glass pendant lights are well worth a visit. 

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A natural bridge across the River Bovey - Thursday 31 May 2018

A wander  taking in the River Bovey, Lustleigh Cleave, Foxworthy Bridge and Manaton Rocks. Look out for the Horsham Steps, where granite boulders have created a natural 'bridge' across the River Bovey in steep-sided Lustleigh Cleave.


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Haytor historic tramway - Sunday 3 June 2018

See parts of the historic tramway that was built to carry granite quarried in the Haytor area down to the Stover Canal and on to Teignmouth, on this walk around Dartmoor. The tramway was unusual in being built from granite blocks, shaped to take the iron wheels of the horse-drawn wagons, and ran for 8.5 miles.


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The Longstone - Saturday 26 May, 11am

This short Exmoor walk  will take you past the Longstone, a late pre-historic stone slab positioned amongst the heather and coarse grassland of a ridge. Standing a grand three metres tall, 1.2 metres wide and 0.15 metres thick it is situated in an erosion hollow close to Chapman and Long Barrow.  


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Nature in the park - Wednesday 30 May 2018

A great walk for families. Wander through the Wellington Park nature reserve, spotting wildlife as you go, and end up in the play park.


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A flight of locks - Sunday 27 May 2018

Head out on this lovely stroll taking in part of the Kennet & Avon canal. The flight of locks is particularly worth seeing; engineer John Rennie’s impressive solution to navigating a steep rise of 237 feet in just 2 miles. Still in frequent use today, the  site is also a haven for wildlife including kingfishers and herons.


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Views over the Blackdown Hills - Wednesday 30 May 2018

Put on your boots for a walk around Ham Hill, taking in the fantastic history of the site and seeing some of the local wildlife on offer.  Walk along Iron Age ramparts and discover a wonderful view out over the Blackdown Hills and South Somerset.  


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Nature on Brimsdown Hill - Wednesday 30 May 2018

Brimsdown Hill is the fifth highest hill in Wiltshire and is situated overlooking the Deverill Valley adjacent to Longleat.  The top of the hill is wooded and being on chalk, the flowers are a particularly attractive aspect of this area, especially in spring. This quiet and unassuming hill is home to deer, hares and numbers of buzzards, the the views are exceptional in all directions. 


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