Six short walks in the South West

Walking on the Yorkshire Dales

We all know that walking has a huge amount of health benefits from lowering the risk of numerous diseases and strengthening the heart, to combating depression and even helping to prevent dementia. But, despite this fact, Public Health England has found that around 41% of middle-aged people are endangering their health by not even taking so much as “one brisk 10 minute walk a month.”

This is a shame, as aside from the physical benefits of walking, we don’t think there are many better ways to spend some time off than by taking in some beautiful scenery on a short walk, and maybe treating yourself to a nice cuppa and piece of a cake afterwards to recuperate all those lost calories. 

So, If you want to get out and about a bit more, here are six easy one mile walks in the South West that people of all abilities will enjoy.

Six short walks

Silbury Hill, near Avebury, Wiltshire

Around the hill at Avebury

Take a nice, gentle one-mile walk through chalk grassland, with great views of the Silbury Hill ancient monument.

Tyntesfield walking

Sidelands walk

This walk meanders through some of the estate’s plantations. There are plenty of flowers to see all year round, but especially in the spring.

The house at Fyne Court in Somerset before the fire of 1894

Fyne Court red trail

Take in the fascinating wildlife and glimpse the historic landscape as you follow the red trail around the heart of Fyne Court Estate.

Cows walking in Woolacombe dunes

Woolacombe Warren and beach walk

Explore the sand dunes and wander alongside Woolacombe's wide, sandy bay.

Mum and daughter walk their dog through the spring park at Saltram, Devon
Walking trail

Saltram boundary walk 

This walk follows parkland and woodland, providing views of the estuary and Blaxton saltmarsh, where the woodland flowers are particularly beautiful at spring time.

There are stunning views across to Sidmouth from many sections of this accessible walk

Accessible walk: Salcombe Hill

Whether you have boots or paws, two wheels or four, this easily accessible short walk opens the South West Coast Path to everybody.