Love Moor Life: Protect wildlife and animals

With March marking the start of spring, dog owners are being urged to protect new-born livestock and breeding birds by keeping their dogs on leads while out walking. With miles of footpaths, bridleways and open access land, Dartmoor is the perfect place for people to enjoy with their canine pets. But livestock worrying is a major concern; already there has been an unusually high number of dog...

How watching your step can help rare breeding birds as we return to the countryside

People have been noticing nature much more during lockdown, as garden birds and other wildlife have helped lift spirits and connect us to the world outside. A recent YouGov survey, commissioned by the RSPB, showed that 41% of participants reported seeing wildlife near their homes that they had never noticed before over the last 12 months.

Almost half of the UK population (44%) have...

Please act responsibly when using public rights of way

With more people using Devon’s public rights of way and multi-use trails for their daily exercise during lockdown, Devon County Council has also received anecdotal evidence of increasing complaints about livestock being disturbed by dogs.

Dog owners are reminded to act responsibly and keep their dogs under close control. When walking your dog in areas used by other people it is...

Devon Ramblers keep walk-lovers active during lockdown

#roamsweethome connects everyone who loves walking and the outdoors

With the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ now extended for another three weeks, staying active is more important than ever, for both mental and physical health. A multi-faceted campaign by the Ramblers, called #roamsweethome, is encouraging everyone to keep active safely for leisure, health and happiness close to home and at home...

Shearings partners with SW Coast Path to attract walkers

The Shearings Hotel Group, an award-winning UK-based hotel operator with hotels all along the South West Coast Path, has teamed up with the South West Coast Path Association to help guests enjoy the coastline and offer great breaks for walkers.

The two Shearings hotel brands, Bay Hotels and Coast & Country Hotels, specialise in leisure breaks and are found in stunning locations...

New Government strategy launched to encourage travelling by bike or on foot

A blueprint to encourage more walking and cycling was launched by the Government on Sunday 27 March.

The new strategy has a clear ambition that by 2040 getting around by bike or on foot will be the natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey.

It includes ambitions to double cycling, reverse the decline in walking, reduce the rate of cyclists killed or...

Adventurers needed to explore local paths

The Ramblers is calling on young people in the South West to head off the beaten track to explore footpaths in their area, in the very first project to gather a complete picture of the state of footpaths throughout England and Wales.

The Big Pathwatch is the Ramblers’ biggest and most ambitious project ever to survey every right of way in England and Wales in order to build a national...

Appeal for volunteer dog walkers

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care.

We urgently need dog walking volunteers for some elderly residents of Plymouth who are unable to walk their lovely dogs. There is a Shih Tzu, Cocker Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier and a sweet Jack...

Daily walk could reduce risk of early death

Physical inactivity may be associated with twice as many deaths as obesity, according to research.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that just a modest increase in physical activity, such as a brisk 20 minute walk, could have significant health benefits.

Researchers, from University of Cambridge, studied data from 334,000 European men and...

Clearing the way for walkers at Marsh Mills

An overgrown and waterlogged section of path running past the speedway track at Marsh Mills is to be sensitively cleared and drained as part of plans to improve one of Plymouth’s most popular walks.

The informal path will get a makeover to stop walkers getting stuck in the mud and cyclists clobbered by overgrown brambles and bushes.

Plymouth City Council is funding the work as...