Walking the coastal paths
Walking appeals to most people – changing scenery across the seasons, a sense of purpose, gentle exercise and it’s free. And if like us, you sometimes follow the coastal paths this can a variety of other dimensions. I’m thinking about the smell and the sounds of the sea, the different types of coastal terrain and the bracing sea air. It certainly blows away the cobwebs.
Peace and quiet
Recently we have taken to exploring some of the small villages and towns close to Bel-Air Gites. We take the dogs, and as long as the weather forecast isn’t for torrential rain then we will stay out for 2 or 3 hours. The coastal paths are quiet, but can be a little too blustery in the winter, even for us locals. So instead we just stick to the country lanes and paths. They are quiet enough for us to let the dogs do their own thing, while we take in the scenery and plan for the coming year.
In a recent UK government survey over 70% of the people questioned said walking is their favourite outdoor activity. Maybe because it’s something all the family can do together, or because it is free. Whatever the reason, it’s a well known fact that regular, brisk daily walks are good for you.
Walking can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. And if you go hiking along the coastline near to Bel-Air Gites, not only will you witness some amazing views, but you will also breathe in lungfuls of rejuvenating sea air.
There are so many pretty paths and quiet lanes for you to walk, or even cycle. Although we don’t provide bikes, we can recommend Bike Hire Direct if you can’t bring your own bikes with you. They hire bikes by the day, or for the length of your stay, and can arrange to drop off at Bel-Air Gites. Whether you walk, cycle or drive, we recommend a trip out to Talmont-sur-Gironde. This wonderful fortified town is classified as one of “The most beautiful villages in France” and is less than 30 minutes drive for us.
The Great Outdoors
After months of staying at home, we think the prospect of fresh air will prove a big attraction in summer 2021, and the Charente-Maritime has plenty of wide, open spaces to explore. If you want to take up a new sport, there’s nowhere better. With long stretches of coastal paths and countryside, visitors to Bel-Air Gites can try everything from sand yachting to zip-wiring. Or like us, you can just pull on your walking boots and tackle one of France’s Grandes Randonnées, an impressive network of well-preserved and signposted footpaths.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are introducing a new holiday package, aimed at giving you some peace of mind during these difficult times. With our new ‘Exclusive Use’ package you can hire both of our large family gites, that can accommodate up to 13 people. You will have exclusive use of the gite complex, including the gardens, children’s play areas and our huge outdoor pool with sun loungers. And we guarantee that no other guests will be booked in to any other accommodation for the same dates.
So if it’s rest and relaxation in quiet, peaceful and safe surroundings that you are after this summer, then check out Bel-Air Gites in the Charente-Maritime. We promise you won’t be disappointed.