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Explore the South West Coastal Path, secret coves and glorious countryside

Gara & Mill Bay

One of our favourites. Start at either Gara Rock or Mill Bay. This walk takes in the beach at Mill Bay, a climb up through forest before breaking out into the most fabulous views of the estuary and Bolt Head. 

At approximately 3 miles long, this is accessible to almost everyone. Enjoy drink or bite to eat at Gara Rock Hotel or hop on the ferry to Salcombe just up the road from Mill Bay.

Views along the south west coastal path, Devon
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Start Point lighthouse, near Whitehouse Hotel, Devon

Beesands Circular

Stunning coastal scenery and rolling Devon countryside. Begins in nearby Beesands. On the way out you'll see the iconic Start Point lighthouse and on the way back beautiful Start Bay. 

Just over 3.5 miles long, you can double this by heading all the way to the lighthouse and add a further 2 miles by looping around Mattiscombe Sands. This is well worth the effort and you may spot seals along the way. You'll earn your pitstop at The Cricket Inn or Britannia back at Beesands.

East Prawle Circular

Another firm favourite, stupendous, craggy coastal views with a quirky pitstop at the finish line.


This walk of circa 4 miles can be extended easily but has some challenging ups and downs. It starts from the East Prawle village green and winds west in land through bridleways before cutting towards the coast and the mighty Gammon Head and beautiful Elender Cove. Do take the path down to this sandy spot.

Investigate the Pigs Nose Inn when you get back to the village. There is also a cafe and a well stocked village shop.

Devon farmland on the coast,
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Bolberry & Soar Mill Cove

The highlight of this walk is the cove so try and time it for low tide, you may even have the place to yourself. Starts from the car park at Bolberry and heads east along the coastal path. You can return from the cove via a pretty inland route and extend by pushing on from the car park through to Hope Cove.

Refreshment options at The Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Oceans Bar & Restaurant or the many establishments at Hope Cove.

Slapton Ley nature reserve Torcross near

Slapton Ley

Great option for a windy day. This inland walk skirts Slapton Ley, the largest freshwater lake in the South West and a protected site of scientific interest.

There are 3 trails varying from 1.5 miles to 2.5 miles. Each of them passes through Slapton, a picture postcard village where you can treat yourself to a meal at the excellent Tower Inn.

Slapton Ley nature reserve Torcross near Slapton Sands Devon UK, by the Sherman tank.jpg
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