Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Walking for Charity

There's a new page up at the site dedicated to charity walks in Devon. I will be using this page to keep you all up to date on all the great Devon walks you can attend to help raise some money for charity. 

They say that there's nothing better than getting paid for doing what you love, but how about raising money for charity doing something that you love. Everyone is a winner, the charity gets so much needs funds and exposure. And you get to go for a good walk and get some exposure to the elements (and hopefully nothing else!). 

These charity walks are always great fun with a brilliant atmosphere. They might also get you out on a walk you wouldn't have normally considered. There are some many excellent charitable organisations working in Devon and so many of us walking in Devon that these events can make a real difference to people's lives. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

The Lost Village of Exmoor - Found!

Insipred by an article on the BBC website about a local historian's quest to uncover more information on the Lost Village of Clicket, we decided to set out and see if we could find it for ourselves, and we did! In fact it was surprisingly easy but is such a lovely walk I wanted to share it with you. However as Clicket is in Somerset I couldn't post it on the main Devon Walks site so am taking a small liberty with the blog to post it here!

The village was abandoned in 1891 and it seems as if the inhabitants made a mutual decision to leave for reasons unknown. To help keep the village still a bit lost my directions are going to be deliberately vague...

We parked in a small village to the north of Clicket. Parking here is limited so please be considerate to local residents. From here head south and you will soon find the footpath to Clicket. We were lucky that there had been some snow overnight and walking through the woods and fields in the snow was absolutly wonderful.

After not too long we came to the footbridge into the village. Here we found some buildings on the route out to the Quarry before heading over the footbridge into the main part of the village. There are the remains of two or three buildings here and it is very interesting exploring their layout and surmising what life may have been like for the inhabitants.We left this area and continued uphill and came to a larger property with a magnificent fireplace.

From here it was a simply walk over the common to return to our car, stopping off at the village pub for a drink first of course.

If you fancy straying over the border please visit my site for more information on walking in Devon