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The great outdoors

OutdoorsAhh the great outdoors, breathe the fresh air, take in the scenery, feel the breeze on your face and in your hair, and hear the bird song around you.

It’s wonderful getting away from the stresses and strains of everyday life to take a well-earned break.

Research has also shown that having some time in the countryside whether walking, admiring the view or enjoying the wonder of it all, can be a brilliant way to relax.

The National Trust found a couple of years back that 23% of Brits walk less than five miles in a month, even though 64% wish they could get out more. So, pull on your walking boots and wellies, it’s time to get some fresh air.

Here are four of our favourite locations in mid and north Devon for some outdoorsy R&R and much, much more…

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path can be joined from any beach anywhere in the South West of England, and the Somerset and north Devon coastlines are not far from us. The path, which takes in some superb coastline is 630 miles in total. This makes it the longest National Trail in the UK. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational. To find out more visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/. 

History in the dunes 

Saunton Sands beach, which has starred on album covers and in music videos, has many historical links. During WW2, more than 10,000 American GIs trained for the D-Day invasion on the Braunton Burrows dunes behind the beach, which are now a designated UNESCO biosphere. The dunes are great for walks. 

The National Trust and Exmoor

We’re also not far from some lovely National Trust walks and from Exmoor National Park. Find out more here.