On 23.1.16, the Telegraph published a list of 20 nice winter walks with pubs at the end of them.
See the report at
The South West entries, including a nice local one, were …
- St Michael’s Brent Tor, Dartmoor, Devon (3 Miles)
Few churches reward quiet contemplation, both inside and out, as much as 13th-century St Michael de Rupe (St Michael of the Rock) atop Brent Tor on the western fringes of Dartmoor. Like a smaller version of Glastonbury Tor but much wilder, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It’s a blowy but relatively easy walk to the top, first through meadows followed by a short, steep scramble with panoramic views over Dartmoor to the east.
Start/Finish: North Brentor/Mary Tavy Elephant’s Nest Inn (01822 810273, elephantsnest.co.uk); OS Explorer Map 112
- Perranuthnoe to Porthleven, Penzance, Cornwall (9 Miles)
A cliff walk to rival the very best. It begins with a St Michael’s Mount panoramic before continuing around Cudden Point to Prussia Cove where time has stood still for a century or three. At Praa Sands, wind-whipped rollers replace the summer sun worshippers while the tin mine above Rinsey Cove seems to step straight out of a scene from Poldark. OK, so this one’s not circular, but there are regular buses from Porthleven back to base. The Victoria Inn is a ‘Thou shalt not miss!’ delight with excellent food. Start/Finish: Victoria Inn (01736 710309, victoriainn-penzance.co.uk); OS Explorer Map 102
- Porlock Weir to Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor, Somerset (10 Miles)
This walk is a serious challenge. From the delightful old fisherman’s snug pub in Porlock, it’s a lung-bursting 1,704ft climb from sea level to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. From up top on a clear day, you can see both the north coast (Bristol Channel), the south coast (English Channel) and even the Brecon Beacons (Wales), Dartmoor (Devon), Bodmin Moor (Cornwall) and Cleeve Hill, (Gloucestershire). Just imagine how good you’ll feel when you’re back in the pub next to a roaring log fire, pint in hand! Start/finish: Ship Inn (01643 863288, shipinnporlockweir.co.uk); OS Explorer Map OL9
- Worth Matravers & Dancing Ledge, Purbeck, Dorset (7 Miles)
From the terrace of this wonderfully atmospheric pub, the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast spreads out before you. There is a rawness and a wildness to coastal walking in winter and this route is a fine example. There are options both east and west along the South West Coast Path, taking in St Aldhelm’s Head and Dancing Ledge. The latter is a flat area of rock at the bottom of the cliffs that appears to dance when the tide first covers it. Start/Finish: The Square and Compass (01929 439229, squareandcompasspub.co.uk); OS Explorer Map OL15