Walking festival set for English Riviera in May

Devon walking Brixham
Near Brixham, Devon. Photo: Ruth Archer/Pixabay

If meeting up with other walkers during a walking festival is your idea of a great holiday, then Devon might well be a destination to look into in May 2024.

The English Riviera Business Improvement District (BID) Company is running the English Riviera Walking Festival again from May 4 to 19.

The English Riviera BID covers the southern coast of Devon from north of Torquay to (approximately) the Berry Head Nature Reserve, and includes the communities of Cockington, Torquay, Babbacombe, Brixham and Paignton.

The 22 miles of coastline will be celebrated with more than 20 walks, led by local guides.

The walks vary in length and difficulty from easy to strenuous, but organisers say there is something for everyone, from a half-mile stroll in a prehistoric cave to a 15-mile linear walk from Torquay to Shaldon along a part of the South West Coast Path.

There are themed walks and historical walks, with a pirate-themed event, Agatha Christie walks, yoga walks, and a heritage plaque walk. Other hikes include wartime history, nature, wine, music and birds.

Each walk has a limited number of spaces, and the cost for each varies. Online booking is available.  There are earlybird discount tickets available until March 15.

Because the event is expected to be popular, the festival website also has an accommodation section for those interested in attending.