A Father's Day to remember

Treat your Dad to a special day out on the coast this Father’s Day with a walk along the South West Coast Path, followed by a good pub lunch with great sea views.

There’s nothing quite like a good hike to spend some quality time together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are five of the best walks with a gastro pub en route for a top Father’s Day treat:

1 - Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall

The Walk – St Just to Gurnard’s Head

10-mile challenging walk

A journey through one of Cornwall's most illustrious mining areas, (now a key part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site) where the miners worked in tunnels deep under the seabed to extract the ore. The landscape is littered with stunning rock formations and a multitude of archaeological remains from all periods of history.

Start and finish -  Park at Gurnard’s Head (TR26 3DE) and catch bus to start the walk at St Just.

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The PubGurnard’s Head

2 – Babbacombe, East Devon

The Walk – Babbacombe and Oddicombe

2.2-mile moderate walk

A short but fairly strenuous walk on one of Britain's highest cliff-top promenades, but you can avoid the long and steep downhill section by riding down on the famous funicular railway, built in 1926 and still carrying a quarter of a million passengers a year! This is a very important area geologically and it is rich in wildlife, with 35 nationally scarce species to be found in a grassland habitat found nowhere else in the world. Children will be fascinated by the cliff railway, and by the different kinds of rock and the way they have been overturned.

Start and Finish - Walls Hill Road carpark, Babbacombe -TQ1 3LZ

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The Pub – The Cary Arms

3 – Worth Matravers, Dorset

The Walk – Chapman’s Pool from Worth Matravers

5.7-mile moderate walk

A breathtaking walk around a limestone coastline carved into dramatic caves and platforms by millions of years of erosion by the sea, and hundreds of years of human quarrying. From prehistoric times humans have lived here and exploited the cliffs and coves for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from prehistoric tools and burials through mediaeval farming to nineteenth century smuggling. Children will love Chapman's Pool, a wonderfully wild beach where the stream joins the sea from a plunging ravine carved through high cliffs, and there is a fossil museum in the pub at Worth Matravers.

Start and Finish - Worth Matravers Car Park - BH19 3LE

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The Pub - Square and Compass

4 – Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

The Walk – Treliga and Trecarne

4.4-mile moderate walk

A high cliff walk above a rocky coastline carved by the sea into dramatic forms and then scuplted further by the mines and quarries that have been worked along here for several hundred years. In the Second World War this area of remote farmland was used for an aerial bombing and gunnery range, staffed entirely by women, and the control tower and other buildings still stand on the clifftops. The exposed conditions and the salty winds have led to a profusion of unusual wild herbs and other flowers in the maritime grasslands. Listen out for the ghosts of shipwrecked sailors in Backways Cove!

Start and Finish - Trebarwith Strand main car park - PL34 0HB

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The Pub - The Port William Inn

5 – Heddon’s Mouth, Exmoor

The Walk – Heddon’s Mouth

2.1-mile easy walk

A gentle stroll through ancient woodland bright with fresh leaves and wildflowers in the springtime, along a babbling stream to a tiny secluded shingle beach strewn with boulders and shadowed by steep, scree-clad hillsides, with dramatic cliffs of geological importance and tales of smugglers and U-boats. Children of all ages will love the rugged terrain, as well as the beach and the ruined limekiln. A stunning walk in autumn, when the trees start to turn and birds and small mammals rummage in the fallen leaves for winter provisions.

A 'Tramper' all terrain mobility scooter can be hired (book in advance) from the National Trust at Heddon Valley and this can be used to explore many of the paths in this area.

Start and Finish - Hunter's Inn - EX31 4PY

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The Pub - The Hunter’s Inn


For the Dad that's known for leaving mucky footprints, take advantage of our special gift membership this Father’s Day. It includes membership to the Association for a full year inc. a copy of our Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path and one of our fantastic Boot Bags, (RRP £18.50). At just £34.95, it's the perfect gift this Father's Day. Take up this offer by calling us on 01752 896237 and quoting 'Father’s Day Offer'. Please note: This is a UK members offer only, price includes postage. Orders need to be with us by the latest Monday 11th June for us to post in time for Father’s day, all of our parcels are sent 2nd class and we cannot guarantee delivery by a certain date.

Pictured above: Trebarwith Strand by Dan Martin

Published on: June 1, 2018