A Christmas walk in the Westcountry

upcott-farm-heddons-mouthWe can’t believe it’s only three weeks until Christmas! The Two Moors Festival HQ is getting more and more festive by the day… we’ve already turned on the carols, have been hunting out the perfect tree and have brought dusty boxes of decorations down from the attic to make sure we’re ready for the silly season.

One of our favourite ways to relax and unwind over Christmas is to bundle up in scarves, hats and gloves and take festival dog Flora out onto the moors for a (very) bracing walk. We used to do a lovely hike around the hills of Landacre on Boxing Day, with a big party of about 20 people, and then head back home for lots of food and games of all sorts.

While that’s one lovely tradition that’s been replaced with other (equally lovely) ones, there is one walk that we thought we’d recommend if you happen to be in this part of the world in December (or any other time, for that matter!).

If you make your way from Woody Bay to Heddon’s Mouth, you’ll be sure to have a brilliant time. There are some really beautiful views and a lot of history just waiting to be discovered – and you start off on an old carriageway, so you can immediately imagine all the different people who have passed that way over the years.

Watch out for Heddon’s Mouth Cleave as you go – it’s one of steepest valleys to be found around here and is definitely worth paying a visit. And when you get to Heddon’s Mouth itself, you’ll find yourself in an area steeped in history. Nazis used to pull up around here in their U-boats to stretch their legs and find fresh water and it was once the bay of choice for smugglers!

Let us know if you do go on this beautiful walk – we’d love to see any photos you take as well!


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