Four years ago I decided to join a local walking group to meet some new friends in the area, having moved back down to the South West in 2010 after some years away.
I joined Devon Bootlegs, a walking group for the 20-30s though we have members in their 40s and 50s, and decided on this one. My fiancé is a long term member and everyone was hugely welcoming and easy to get along with, so I quickly got involved in the group and started to become a regular walker.
We have over 100 members, and we go on weekly walks organised by members of the group so there’s always something new to experience and a new part of the region to discover. The walks range from 8-13 miles all over the West Country and three or four times a year, in other parts of the UK, including an annual trip to Scotland. Most of our walks are in Devon, but with the gorgeous scenery that the county has to offer, we’re never short of beautiful walks or stunning views.
We’re lucky in that living in Devon, we have a diverse choice of landscape when it comes to choosing a walk, and we walk moorland, coastal, circular routes, linear routes and nearby towns, all of which have huge variety in them and varying difficulty.
My favourite walks are those just off the moors, especially Dartmoor. The great thing about them is that they don’t have the degree of difficulty of being on the moor itself, though you can experience the true beauty and all its colour at its best. An example of this is when I walked in and around Moretonhampstead recently, and discovered a really lovely area and one I would recommend.
This club has made an enormous difference to my social life, not to mention my fitness, and having only joined Blue Chip Holidays relatively recently, I look forward to spending many more happy weekends seeing where my feet take me.