Chapman’s Pool – April walk of the month

Chapman’s Pool on the Dorset coast is our walk of the month as seen in the 2016 calendar for April. This is a 7-mile 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. The view, as pictured above on a sunny spring day, reveals the coves and inlets used by smugglers.

From prehistoric times humans have lived here and exploited the cliffs and coves for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from prehistoric tools to medieval farming to smuggling in the 18th and 19th century.

Chapman’s Pool itself is a wonderfully wild beach where the stream joins the sea from a plunging ravine carved through high cliffs. The natural and quarried caves make it a great playground for swashbuckling kids and would-be smugglers.

Picture caption: This fine view of Chapman’s Pool was taken by photographer Brian Howe, who won the annual South West Coast Path Association photography competition in 2014. Find out about the competition and see all the images that feature in the 2016 Calendar on the Association’s website here.

Valley of Rocks – March Walk of the Month

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Valley of the Rocks, Lynton Photographer Christian Schoter (2014 Photo Competition entry)

Lynton and the Valley of Rocks on the north Devon coast is our walk of the month for March, as featured in our 2016 calendar. Pictured above, the grey clouds loom above the impressive bulk of Castle Rock, which makes up one of the highest sea cliffs in Britain.

This is a classic easy walk along a relatively level section of high cliffs and is suitable for pushchairs so a good one for the Easter holidays at the end of March.

Children will love the stories associated with the spectacular rock formations, and the herd of friendly feral goats that perch precariously of the edge of the cliffs.

There’s also the added attraction of the Lynton Cliff Railway.

This walk has five star reviews on Tripadviser – take a look and if you rate it yourself leave a review. We’d also love to hear what you think, so feel free to post in the comments section below this post.

Happy walking!