Winter Walks

31/01/2012

With the winter in the UK having been pleasantly mild, and the days getting longer, what better way to see England at its finest than by walking the South West Coast Path?

Listed as one of the National Trails, the South West Coast Path is 630 miles of coastal scenery along Dorset all the way around the Cornish coast ending at Exmoor National Park. You don’t have to walk that all in one go, there are several easy winter walks listed to ease you into walking outdoors which are all listed on the National Trails website.

You could try a short walk which takes you along and through the docks and quays of Penzance to the charmingly named village of Mousehole. When in Mousehole you can try a stargazy pie, a traditional Cornish dish which is a pie made from baked pilchards whose heads are left to poke out the top to give the illusion of star-gazing. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you could also take a circuit of the Isle of Portland, along the high cliffs and passing old limestone quarries.

When embarking on coastal walks, it’s always best to check the weather prior and tides. There’s nothing worse than walking in cold and wet weather whilst being battered by sea winds. With all the paths, it is also wise to check there aren’t any accessibility issues especially if you are with young children or have mobility issues.  A good pair of all round walking shoes and thick socks will serve you well on a winter walk, as well as wrapping up in a scarf and gloves to keep the chill wind out. If you also feel you might need some extra support during your walk, a compact walking pole would also be a good bet to bring along as well as a water bottle to keep you hydrated.
 

Portland Circuit Map