Over the past 60 days we have been walking our little JWalking socks off down here in Devon. Although the majority of people seem to gravitate towards the beaches of Croyde, Saunton, and Putsborough there are so many other places to see and explore in virtually every direction. We’ve walked miles and miles of footpaths and bridleways around Braunton which have all been fabulous but we have definitely stumbled onto a favourite.
Ash to Heanton Punchardon
There are a couple of different ways to get to Ash but it’s the walk from there through woods and over streams, past manor houses, and across beautiful green valleys that has captured our affections. Not too many words now, just a photo diary of yesterdays hike in the glorious English sunshine. What could have been better?
The whole walk is a little over 8 miles so not too difficult although the first part is immediately up a steep hill with no preparation so gets the heart beating a little faster. Takes 45 minutes or so to get through Braunton and then out on the Ash Road to Ash Barton and the manor house where our favourite walk really starts.
There may not be any beaches, or any sand dunes but we’ve done a variation on this walk three times now and enjoy it more each time. We hardly see another person except around the bridge over Knowl Water and the changes in scenery from woodland to ploughed fields to quaint English village just do it for us every time.
It won’t be the last time we do the Ash to Heanton Punchardon walk. We love it.