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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hele Bay to Braunton Walk Summary

Salt marsh

Extensive Walk along the SWCP between Hele Bay near Ilfracombe and Braunton

This route provides an alternative to the official SWCP whereby it short cuts the headland at Baggy Point and goes directly into Braunton omitting the section around Braunton Burrows. This achieves a sub 20 mile walk with bus access between Braunton and Ilfracombe. The cliffpath from Hele Bay to Woolacombe provides spectacular views and challenging walking whilst the sands of Woolacombe and Croyde make an easier terrain to navigate across.


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Hele Bay to Braunton Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Hele Bay View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Braunton View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
20 miles
Walk difficulty
Cliff paths to start, beach walking and some road walking
Some steep climbs on the initial stages. The walk into Braunton is along the road observe caution.


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Hele Valley Holiday Park Camp site View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Situated close to Ilfracombe, this family owned holiday park is set in the picturesque valley at Hele Bay. It offer a peaceful, clean and well maintained park with static caravans and lodges, camping pitches and camping pods. This site has been awarded Silver Awards from the Devon Tourism Awards, a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation and a Trip Advisor Excellence Certificate.


Details of public transport that is required for the walk

Stagecoach - Bus Service
Service Number
21 - Stagecoach 21 Service linking Westward Ho!, Bideford, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
05:00 to 14:00
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Bright warm sunny day


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