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 NORDIC Adventure Walks

Price: £8.00

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Bruce Perkins

Walk Description:

We’ll kick start our senses (and our body) with a warm up in the field adjacent to the car park before beginning our walk along the path on the outskirts of the village. We’ll climb up through the wood until nearing the top of the Kipling Tor, which is named after The Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling, whose schooldays here in the 1870’s inspired his novel Stalky and Co. We turn right along a very narrow and uneven path running parallel to the summit which offers magnificent sea views and the Westward Ho! vista. The climb onto the Tor is worth the effort especially when at its end is the Lookout post, with the best views of Bideford Bay. From here you can see the white Saunton Sands hotel. The beach below has featured on Pink Floyd album covers, a Robbie Williams music video and was a training ground for American GIs during WWII. We will carefully start our descent down a steep, narrow footpath until we reach sea-level and join what was once the Bideford to Westward Ho! railway constructed in 1901. In the 1920’s, the valley below was home to Shebberton racecourse which claimed to be ‘the most beautifully situated racecourse in England’ and to Abbotsham Cliff beach. The gullies and crevices of the beach are home to lobsters, shrimp and Conger eels (no time to fish I’m afraid). If extremely lucky we might just spot a porpoise or seal among the kelp. Here we leave the coastline and move inland across stiles and fields. At the brow of the hill we will enjoy one last look at Lundy Island, with Clovelly and Hartland Point to the left and Baggy Point to the right. The path opens up onto a paved lane that leads to Abbotsham Court. Here we turn left and follow the lane upwards to the crest (more views of rolling countryside await us) before turning left down a second lane at the end of which we cross two fields before picking up our last lane, crossing a main road and venturing down the wooded Kipling Tor to our meeting point. After a good cooldown, well-earned refreshments await us in a smart and contemporary venue offering spectacular views of the local coastline.