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Calming coastal retreats

How they can work wonders for your wellbeing this Autumn

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey but there is no better place to be than by the coast to beat those autumnal blues. As the weather gets colder and the darker evenings start drawing in, autumn can feel tough as we make the transition out of those sunny summer months. A UK beach break may not be at the top of your holiday destination list, as dreams of sandcastle building and melting ice creams seem a thing of distant memories. However, booking yourself a trip to the coast can do wonders to help alleviate the impact of the changing seasons and improve your mental and physical health.

So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at what you can do to feel the benefits of booking an autumn break by the South Devon coast.

1. Get your walking boots on!

With the colder temperatures comes quieter coast paths and beaches as the throngs of summer

holiday makers have disappeared. Nothing quite compares to the bracing wind and far-reaching sea views on the stunning cliff top coast paths, especially if you’re lucky enough to catch a storm rolling in. A stroll along a sandy beach searching through the flotsam and jetsam for shells and hidden treasures that the autumnal tides have deposited is a favourite amongst children and adults alike. Of course, the crunch of leaves underfoot as you walk through the woods listening to birdsong with the dappled autumn sun on your face really brings you back to nature.

2. Cosy up with a book by an open fire

Autumn allows us to slow down and embrace some gentler activities that we may not have time to indulge in during the busier summer months such as reading, cooking or arts and crafts. Curling up by a crackling fire enveloped by fluffy blankets with a steaming mug of hot chocolate (or cheeky glass of red) in hand can only be improved by losing yourself in a good book. Luckily plenty of coastal retreats have the added benefit of wood burners to cosy up next to or stunning sea views to gaze at between chapters.

3. Wild swim

As the colder months approach and the air temperature cools off so too does the sea temperature but this should not deter you from experiencing the feeling of a cold water, wild swim! Seawater is proven to boost the body’s white blood cells in turn boosting your immune system. Taking a dip in the sea also activates endorphins helping to alleviate stress, relax your muscles and promote deep sleep, among many other benefits. Cold-water swimming should be practiced with caution so familiarise yourself with safety considerations before you take the plunge. If the thought of baring your skin to the elements leaves you shivering, simply gazing at distant sea views may be more than enough for you. Fortunately, plenty of our properties benefit from stunning sea views you can marvel at from the comfort of a warm home.

4. Exercise away those winter blues

We all know the benefits that exercise has on not only our bodies but our mental health and just

because the temperature might have dropped it shouldn’t mean our fitness levels should too. An

early morning beach run, a sunset stand up paddleboard session or a spot of clifftop yoga are as

exhilarating as they are calming and grounding. Combining the clean, fresh air of a coastal

environment and any form of exercise increases all those endorphins that help us to stave off

seasonal affective disorder and other autumnal colds.

5. Relax in a hot tub

After a long day of rambling along the South Devon coast path, a cold sea dip or discovering the

hidden delights of an English Heritage property, nothing quite gets the chills out of your bones than a dip in a hot tub. Baths, pools and hot tubs have a magical way of enveloping us in warmth, giving us that cosy, calm feeling which is heavenly after a hectic day. Fortunately, many coastal properties benefit from the added luxury of a heated pool or hot tub in which to take a dip in to warm weary limbs.

6. Hunker down in a local pub

The chimneys have been swept and the logs brought in as South Devon taverns and inns prepare for the colder months ahead. What better way to finish your invigorating autumnal stroll than finding a cosy corner of a traditional pub next to a roaring open fire with a pint of local ale and plate of delicious pub grub. These olde worlde meeting places have been offering food and shelter to wayfarers for centuries; history etched into their timbers, a place where smugglers once sipped on snifters of ‘mother’s ruin’ after moonlit scurries down sleepy hollows, where pirates downed flagons of rum after a spot swashbuckling and where fishermen still sing their sea shanties.

Hopefully that gives you some food for thought when it comes to booking a coastal trip this autumn.

Here at Saltwater Escapes, we firmly believe that holidays aren’t just for the warm summer months but can be equally rewarding to get to the seaside in autumn and winter. Enjoying the orange and red hues of an autumn forest, storm watching from a coastal clifftop, getting toasty next to an open fire, or hunkering down in a cosy pub are just a few of the reasons we can think of that make an autumn break one to be remembered.

Have you booked your autumn retreat yet? Head over to our search page to find the perfect coastal holiday home for your autumn getaway.

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