Walk - Park Hotel Barnstaple - Estuary Walk
11.7 miles (18.9 km)
Park Hotel, Barnstaple Park Hotel, Barnstaple
A walk as long as you want to make it – 2¾-11½ miles (4.25-18.5km) – mostly on a level tarmac path along the Taw Estuary. Look out for wildfowl and wading birds as you walk past saltmarsh and tiny rocky beaches to the Heaton Court Pub. For dedicated walkers, the route continues through a once-bustling port and around marshland reclaimed from the sea to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Braunton Burrows. This is the UK's largest sand dune system with a wealth of rare plants, especially inspiring in spring and early summer, when the blossom is lush on the bushes and the rabbit-cropped turf is carpeted with an amazing assortment of wildflowers.