Kingswear and Dartmouth Castle, Devon, U

WALKS

There are dozens of incredible coastal walks in the area and this is one of our favourites. Start at either Gara 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 mouth, Bolt Head and the path winding its way along to Gara Rock. 

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

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Stunning coastal scenery, ruins, rolling Devon countryside, this begins in nearby Beesands and is one of our favourites. On the way out you'll see the iconic Start Point lighthouse and on the way back the beautiful 15 mile stretch of 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.

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.

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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 abound, pick from The Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Oceans Bar & Restaurant or the many establishments at Hope Cove.

Slapton Ley nature reserve Torcross near

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.

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Whitehouse, Chillington

nr Kingsbridge, Devon

TQ7 2JX

Tel: 01548 581748