• SeaMoor Walker

Bank Holiday Recipe

Spring-time in Britain brings a wealth of bank holidays, each one hot on the heels of its predecessor. By the end of May, we’ve been rewarded with four in fairly quick succession. In case you’re running out of ideas, here’s a cheap, well-tried and tested recipe for a relaxing bank holiday.

Cockwood Harbour, Exe Estuary, Devon


  • alarm clock

  • weather forecast

  • picnic

  • walking boots & map (other equipment may be preferred; cycles work well as an alternative to boots)

  • assorted camera equipment (optional, unless you’re #SeaMoorPhotographer)

  • suitable clothing

  • small amount of money

  • a friend or two


  1. The night before the bank holiday, enjoy switching OFF the alarm clock!

  2. Check the weather forecast and organise/pack clothing accordingly.

  3. Then add the opposite, ensuring you have both suncream and waterproofs (just in case the forecast is wrong . . . or right . . . it is Britain after all!).

  4. Consult maps or guide books to check the length and difficulty of the route, noting any likely feeding or watering holes; take some money anyway, in case you discover some. (On a recent walk, #SeaMoorPhotographer and I were fortunate enough to find both a fund-raising stall selling coffee and cake on an almost deserted beach, and a village Post Office selling sweets. You just never know!)

  5. Make a picnic; include plenty of water, especially if the planned walk is long, the weather is particularly warm and/or the route is away from civilisation.

  6. Collect the friend(s) and your choice of equipment, head out into the wide blue yonder. Enjoy the freedom of a day away from clock-watching, targets, meetings, deadlines and all the other paraphernalia of routine daily life.

  7. Breathe deeply.

  8. Relax.

  9. Enjoy.

  10. Repeat as often as bank holidays come around, or more frequently if you can manage it.

River Teign near Steps Bridge, Dunsford, Devon

One final note:

Choose the route and distance to suit your own levels of fitness and enjoyment. And remember, half a mile to the pub is still a walk!