Supporters of UK classical music festivals will surely know just how much work goes into putting on events of this kind every year – and just how important it is for the organisers to take a few days here and there to really unwind after the event is done and dusted with.
Certainly, we here at the Two Moors Festival relish the few days of quiet time we have after the festival comes to a close. Because we live in Devon, one of the most beautiful parts of the world, going for a day out means we don’t even have to travel very far – there are some amazing hotspots right on our very doorstep.
Here are our top three wintry walks to go on in this stunning county of ours.
1. The Tarka Trail
Tried and tested, this is a favourite stroll for many and as soon as you start walking, it’s not hard to see why. Running through 163 miles of beautiful coastline (no, don’t try to do it in a day!), the trail was popularised by Henry Williamson’s book Tarka the Otter (which we actually turned into a much-loved opera a few years ago).
2. The Mamhead Sensory Trail
This walk, near Exeter, is suitable for all ages so if you’ve got little people don’t be put off… get everyone in their wellies and simply set off! It takes you through Haldon Forest Park and is marked along the way with signs pointing out all sorts of interesting sights and sounds. It’s also pram-friendly so don’t leave the babies behind.
3. The Middle Dart Valley Walk
This south Devon stroll starts and ends in Totnes and is perfect for wintry walks because the going is easy no matter the weather. You’ll get some amazing views of the River Dart and the Dart Valley so don’t forget your camera, particularly if it’s a lovely day.