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We are Mile Makers!

In this guest blog from the staff at our newest Business Mile Makers we hear which walks inspired the team to give back to the National Trail…

Here at Classic Cottages, Boutique Retreats and Aspects Holidays, we are all great lovers of the fantastic coastal walks on our doorstep and that’s why we are delighted to be supporting the South West Coast Path Association charity with their #EveryMileMatters fundraising campaign this year by becoming ‘Mile Makers’. This means each of our three brands is really proud to have donated the amount it costs it on average to ‘make’ (or care for) a mile of the National Trail every year – currently no less than £1,400 for each of the 630 miles! Here we are pictured above proudly showing off our new Mile Maker signs!

Whilst our group head office is based in Hayle in west Cornwall, we have team members working and living in Devon, Somerset and Dorset, who all love to use the Coast Path too. To celebrate our collective new status of Coast Path ‘Mile Makers’ we put our heads together as a staff team to pick and share our five absolute favourite South West Coast Path walks and views…

Levant, Botallack and the Crowns

This walk takes you through Botallack Mine and Levant Mine, a great opportunity to experience Cornish mining history and enjoy the beautifully rugged and dramatic coastline. A truly unforgettable walk!

Ringstead to Osmington Mills

Soak up the stunning sea views along the Dorset coastline on this walk. We’d recommend parking at the top car park at Ringstead and then walk along the coast path to Osmington Mills. When you arrive at Osmington Mills, enjoy a pit stop at a lovely pub called the Smugglers Inn, before turning around and going back the way you came.

Godrevy Island and the Knavocks

There’s something so magical about this walk, with the pretty wildflowers and spectacular views across to St Ives Bay. Admire the Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’ and see if you can spot wildlife – seals and seabirds in particular!

Clovelly and Mouth Mill

A fantastic way to experience the colourful landscapes and amazing rock formations of the north Devon coastline any time of the year, we recommend stopping in the timeless village of Clovelly for a spot of lunch before continuing.

Hurlstone Point

Early Morning Mist over Hurlstone Point. Photographer Mike Watson, Somerset.

You hard work will certainly be rewarded on this walk, with fantastic views of the coastline! Enjoy the views over Porlock Bay and Selworthy Sand beach, then treat yourself to cream tea on your return. Bliss…

So there you have it – these are the walks that inspired our team to give back to the South West Coast Path and protect it for future generations – you can follow in our footsteps by becoming a Business Mile Maker here or simply by planning your own walks on the National Trail here.

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