Walks courtesy of Hugh Westacott

Colyton makes an excellent centre for exploring the delightful countryside of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This series of short walks, which can be downloaded and printed at home, or used on any compatible portable device, has been written for visitors and residents who would like to explore the local countryside but prefer to follow instructions rather than read a map. Once downloaded, the instructions can be folded and placed inside a medium-sized transparent plastic  bag to protect it from the elements.

All the walks, with the exception of Walk 6, start from the Market Place in the centre of the town. Great care has been taken to describe them as precisely and accurately as possible. There are signposts and/or directional waymarks on every gate, stile, and footbridge wherever the route leaves a road or crosses from one field to the next. Where it is considered helpful, distances in metres are given from one point to the next together with the approximate time it would take the average walker to cover that distance at an easy pace.

Find more about Hugh’s books and  a preview of the fifth edition of his book The Walker’s Handbook; Everything you Need to Know about Walking in the British Isles