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Saturday, 16 June 2018

South West Coast Path - Westward Ho! to Barnstaple

Salt marsh

One of the few low level and flat walks on the SWCP, 12.5 miles between Westward Ho! to Barnstaple

A very easy walk that can be split into two if required. The first part navigates around Northam Burrows, the duned area that juts out into the Taw and Torridge estuary. A ferry at Appledore links across to Instow where the trail continues making use of the former Bideford and Barnstaple railway trackbed.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

South West Coast Path - Bucks Cross to Westward Ho!


An 8 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Bucks Cross to Westward Ho!

A moderate walk along the cliffs to Westward Ho!, the town renowned for being the only place in Britain to have an exclamation mark in its name. This walk presents a good introduction to the South West Coast Path being under 10 miles and with few difficult or strenuous ascents and descents. There are amazing panoramas of the coastline throughout with views to Hartland in the west and Westward Ho! and north Devon to the East and North.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

South West Coast Path - Bucks Cross to Hartland

Blockchurch rock

An 16 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Bucks Cross and Hartland

An easy start to a walk through the tree covered clifftops makes a pleasant ramble through to Clovelly. There follows a couple of challenging valleys to cross and then broad open meadows for more easy walking through to Hartland Point. At this stage the coast turns South to reveal a coastline that can only be described as truly spectacular.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

South West Coast Path - Hartland to Bude

Screda Cove

An 19 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Hartland to Bude

The section from Hartland to Bude is the most challenging part of the whole South West Coast Path. There are ten deep valleys to cross which seem unrelenting but the reward is some of the most spectacular scenery of the whole trail. This is definitely something for the more experienced hiker to undertake.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

South West Coast Path - Plymouth to Yealm Estuary


A 15.5 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Plymouth and the Yealm estuary with an extension along the Erme Pym Trail to get across the River Yealm

Plymouth is not a place to find a country walk, in fact the South West coast Path leads you around some of the more industrial areas of the docks and along the busy road across Laira Bridge. From this point, however, there is an alternative route using the West Devon Path which traces the trackbed of a former railway to Hooe Lake. An easy walk around Clovelly Bay and Mount Batten Point finally brings the path onto the cliffs along the coast. The going is not too strenuous all the way way through to Wembury and it is worth taking time out at Heybrooke Bay to search out the Eddystone Inn from where you can see the lighthouse of the same name on the horizon. From Wembury the Erme Plym Trail leads back to the main road in order to get around the Avon Estuary and the 93 bus service links the two ends of this walk.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

South West Coast Path - Salcombe to Torcross


A 12.5 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Salcombe and Torcross

This walk begins with taking the ferry across the estuary from Salcombe to Portlemouth before heading around the estuary and eastwards along the coast to Prawle Point which is the most southerly point in Devon. The going is, at times, strenuous on the craggy cliff face through to Prawle Point after which there are a few miles of low lying pasture that is a real pleasure to wander through. The route then negotiates the craggy cliff around Start Point before slowly descending the cliffs along Start Bay, passing through Hallsands and Beesands and finally arriving at Torcross

Thursday, 14 July 2011

South West Coast Path - Avon Estuary to Salcombe

Hope Coast

A 17 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Churchstow and Salcombe.

This walk heads out from Churchstow through country lanes down to the South West Coast Path at Bantham on the Avon estuary. The Coast Path starts with easy walking along the low cliffs past Thurlestone and includes an 80 yard footbridge across South Milton Ley before it arrives at Hope Cove, a picturesque little fishing village. The section from Bolt Tail to Bolt Head is a little more strenuous with the path tracking up and down the cliffs and around a few craggy sections with steps built out of the stone. At Bolt Head the coast bears round to the north passing Sharp Tor which is cut out of the cliff-face, before it heads down into the pretty village of Salcombe.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

South West Coast Path - Yealm Estuary to Avon Estuary

Erme Estuary

A 19.5 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between the Yealm and Eastuaries, using additonal footpaths to access transport to link each end of the walk.

There are ferries across both the Avon and the Yealm estuaries but this route takes a trail that enables navigation around them using footpaths and lanes. Even so, there is still the Erme estuary to negotiate midway along the coast. There is no ferry here but it can be waded across one hour either side of low tide. This is quite an experience but requires planning with reference to the tide times published for Devonport. There are few other features apart from the stunning scenery along this section of the coast walk until it gets to Bigbury on Sea where Burgh Island sits just off the coast and hosts the renowned Pilchard Inn. The island can be reached on foot at low tide and at other times the inn makes use of a sea tractor to drive visitors across.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

South West Coast Path - Dartmouth to Torcross


A 9 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Dartmouth and Torcross.

This section of the walk starts at the charming deep water port of Dartmouth which is famed for being where the second and third crusades departed in the 12th century. Across the River Dart is Kingswear, and down the estuary is Dartmouth Castle, built in the 15th Century. Passing the castle, the path heads round the coast and up to the village of Stoke Fleming, then meanders across the hills and lanes either side of the main Dartmouth road until it meets Strete. Here it descends down to Slapton Sands, which despite its name, is a shingle beach on one side and Slapton Ley, a natural freshwater lagoon, on the other. A simple walk with a few hills to negotiate and the number 93 bus linking the two ends of the walk.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

South West Coast Path - Brixham to Paignton

Paignton Harbour

A 12 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Brixham and Paignton.

There are a few moderately strenuous sections to this walk but nothing too arduous. The walk starts by heading out to Berry Head, the site of a an iron age fort, although most of this has been destroyed by late 18th century fortification for the Napoleonic Wars. The path then descends down into Brixham town where there are refreshment houses and shops set around the harbour. Brixham is much more of a heritage fishing town rather than its commercialized holiday resort neighbours of Paignton and Torquay. Out of Brixham, the path makes its way across the cliffs descending to Broad Sands and Goodrington Sands before reaching Paignton.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

South West Coast Path - Starcross to Paignton

Dawlish Sea Wall Railway

A 22.5 mile walk along South West Coast Path taking in the the English Riviera between Starcross and Paignton

From the Exe estuary where the ferry links Exmouth and Starcross, the South West Coast Path heads southwards through the English Riviera Towns of Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay and Paignton. This section is a mixture of level walking through towns interspersed with hill walking through Maidencombe, Watcombe and Babbacombe and out to Hope's Nose. There are excellent transport links throughout including the railway which runs along the sea wall from Teignmouth up to Starcross and is as inspiring as the walk itself. This iconic stretch of the coastline is probably Britain's most photographed railway.

Monday, 27 June 2011

South West Coast Path - Brixham to Kingswear

Looking towards the Dart Estuary

A 10 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Brixham and Kingswear.

This section is one of the most strenuous walks along the Exmouth to Plymouth section of the Coast Path but offers some spectacular views. There are craggy cliff-face paths as well as gentle wooded zig-zags before it finally meets the lanes that emerge by the railway station at Kingswear. A frequent bus service operates between Brixham and Kingswear to allow the walker to return to the start point.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

South West Coast Path - Salcombe Regis to Lyme Regis

This was the second stage of 10 days walk along the Jurassic Coast section of the South West Coast Footpath between Exmouth and Poole. Using a basecamp at Salcombe Regis we aimed to walk through to Abbotsbury before moving onto Langton Herring. Each days walk would use the Jurassic CoastHopper bus service to get us to/from our start and end point.

Friday, 18 June 2010

South West Coast Path - Exmouth to Sidmouth

This was the first stage of 10 days walk along the Jurassic Coast section of the South West Coast Footpath between Exmouth and Poole. Unlike previous National Trail undertakings where I have walked using accommodation en route, this one, due to logistics of getting to and from the start and end, was going to based around 3 base camps using public transport to get to and from each days start and end point.

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