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Friday, 6 July 2018

Hele Bay to Combe Martin Walk Summary

Salt marsh

Short Walk along the SWCP between Hele Bay near Ilfracombe and Combe Martin

This walk offers a few challenges but nothing untoward and is probably one of the best routes to introduce anyone to the SWCP. The views are outstanding and the numerous coves and small beaches tempting to spend a little more time in exploring. A very popular area with frequent transport links and plenty of refreshment options along the route.


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 Combe Martib Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Hele Bay View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Combe Martib View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
4 miles
Walk difficulty
Cliff paths with some road walking with some average ascents and descents
Observe caution when going off route, there are some steep descents to get to some of the coves


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 offers 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

Filers Travel - Bus Service
Service Number
301 - Filers Travel 301 service linking Combe Martin and Barnstaple via Ilfracombe. Note that the timetable can only be found on the Traveline website

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
13:00 to 15:30
Griffmonster, Kat, Dan, Anita
Weather Conditions
Bright warm sunny day


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