SW Coast Path

WALKING THE SOUTHWEST COAST PATH

We are ideally situated for walking the Southwest Coastal Path between Lynton and Hartland. These walks are all within easy access. Many of which we have completed ourselves. We have produced our own mini guide below to highlight the various walks. We try to regularly update these and add new paths. We hope that you will come and stay with us and enjoy them.

The bus station in Barnstaple is only a 10-15 minute walk from us. There is a regular bus service to all of the start and end points on the walks. Some of these are more frequent in the summer months. The Southwest Coast Path passes through Barnstaple itself and therefore, it is possible to begin two of the walks straight from our front door, as we are located less than a mile from the path.
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ON THE DESCENT TO COMBE MARTIN

Stunning views along the coast path

LYNTON TO COMBE MARTIN


13.3 miles / 7 hours / total ascent 3766 ft

This fairly remote section of the path passes through some of the most stunning landscapes of Devon. The Valley of the Rocks at Lynton is the first port of call and is quite spectacular. Heddon's Mouth valley and Woody Bay are equally beautiful, as is the walk from Great Hangman to Little Hangman and down to Combe Martin. This is a fairly strenuous walk and can be broken up to do a smaller section local to the Valley of the Rocks at Lynton.

Lynton is approximately 19 miles from us and takes about 40 mins by bus (Filers 309 or 310)
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WATERMOUTH BAY TOWARDS ILFRACOMBE

A beautiful natural harbour

COMBE MARTIN TO ILFRACOMBE


5.3 miles / 2.5 hours / total ascent 1280 ft

This is a pleasant half day walk taking in the beautiful scenery around Watermouth Cove and some impressive sea cliffs. The descent into Ilfracombe is very impressive with Damien Hirst's 'Verity' towering over the harbour. This is a moderate walk with a variety of terrain and on a good day amazing views.


Combe Martin is approximately 11 miles from us, and takes about an hour by bus (Filers 301)
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LEE BAY ON THE WAY TO WOOLACOMBE

A delightful Bay with dramatic rock formations

ILFRACOMBE TO WOOLACOMBE


8.3 miles / 3.5 hours / total ascent 2037 ft

Ascending Ilfracombe along the Torrs gives a fabulous view back over the town and along the coast. The walk takes you down to Lee Bay which is a delightful cove with stunning rock formations. There is a fairly strenuous climb thereafter, along the path to Bull Point and its lighthouse. The path continues around the beautiful Morte Point and its impressive jagged slate ridge. From here it is a leisurely stroll around the sandy coves to Woolacombe, where there are a number of places for a well-earned drink!

There is a delightful shorter walk from Morthoe, around Morte Point and along to Woolacombe if you are feeling less energetic. This is one of our favourite afternoon walks from our North Devon bed and breakfast and is only a few miles, but still, takes in the incredible scenery.

Ilfracombe is approximately 12 miles from the house and takes about 25 mins by bus (Filers 31)
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BAGGY POINT ON THE WAY TO CROYDE

A striking landscape just off the coast path

WOOLACOMBE TO CROYDE


5.6 miles / 2 hours / total ascent 725 ft

One of the best and most leisurely walks along the North Devon coast path. The extensive golden beach between Woolacombe and Putsborough, makes for a simply beautiful stroll. Baggy Point headland has some stunning caves and rock formations and is an amazing place to take five and reflect on things. The walk around to Croyde opens up a picture postcard sandy bay. Croyde beach has some of the best surf in the UK, and if you catch it on the right day it is truly spectacular.


Woolacombe is approximately 12 miles from us and takes about 25 mins by bus (Filers 303)
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CROW POINT ON THE WAY TO BRAUNTON

with views of Appledore and Instow

CROYDE TO BRAUNTON


8.9 miles / 3.25 hours / total ascent 506 ft

This is a particular favourite of ours, and one that we have done many times. We prefer to walk along the length of Saunton Sands, as opposed to walking through Braunton Burrows behind. Crow Point, at the far end of the beach, is a stunning area overlooking the estuary to Instow and Appledore. The walk back into Braunton adjacent to the estuary is very picturesque, leading into Velator Quay. This is an easy walk, predominantly on the flat, and very enjoyable if the weather is permitting.

Croyde is approximately 10 miles from our door and takes about 40 mins by bus (Stagecoach 21A)
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ON THE WAY TO BARNSTAPLE

View from the Waterside Cafe on the Tarka Trail

BRAUNTON TO BARNSTAPLE


5.2 miles / 2 hours / total ascent 16 ft

A very leisurely walk along the old railway route renamed the Tarka Trail. The path follows the Taw estuary from Chivenor and is a delightful walk adjacent to the water. The Waterside Cafe is a great halfway stop for refreshments with a view.
Braunton is approximately 5 miles from our door and takes about 15 mins by bus (Stagecoach 21 or 21A)
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INSTOW HARBOUR

Alongside Instow beach

BARNSTAPLE TO INSTOW


7.4 miles / 2.5 hours / total ascent 36 ft

The Southwest Coast Path passes approximately 0.8 miles from us. We regularly cycle this path and enjoy an Ice Cream at Fremington Quay Cafe halfway along the route. This follows the old railway route and as such is a flat leisurely walk. The path takes you along the estuary and then inland for a section before emerging on near the sand dunes of Instow. There is a water taxi to Appledore, when the tides are right. We can thoroughly recommend John's Deli & Cafe in Instow for a spot of lunch overlooking the harbour.