Close Icon
East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk - Gara Rock feature image

Welcome to our visual guide to the walk from East Portlemouth to Gara Rock Beach (also known as Seacombe Sands).  This exquisite circular route takes you from the picturesque Salcome Estuary along the Salcombe Estuary to meet the breathtaking sight of the wide open sea.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


At a glance

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Views: Stunning coastal and estuary views
  • Terrain: Pavement, tracks, grass, muddy and rocky paths. Steep and uneven in places
  • Circular? Yes
  • Starting point: East Portlemouth car park, Mill Bay car park, or take the passenger ferry from Salcombe to the East Portlemouth jetty
  • Destination: Gara Rock Beach, or pop into the café at the Gara Rock Hotel for a bite or a drink while you take in the view.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk

OS © Crown copyright 2018 CS-49390-P7H3Y2

To view the OS map for our East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk, please click here.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock – the route

1. Head towards Mill Bay National Trust car park. From East Portlemouth Beach, head inland and take a right, then go straight. You’ll see Mill Bay on your right and the car park in front of you.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


2. Go right at the car park, up the hill. Keep to the right for the coastal walk.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


3. You’ll soon come to Sunny Cove, giving you the choice of either popping down to the sand for a detour or carrying on along the coastal path.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


4. You’ll pass blackberries, sloes and even a plentiful supply of crab apples overhanging the path – great for foraging if you time it right.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


5. You’ll come to a gate, which signifies that there may be sheep grazing in this area, so please keep your dog under close control.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


6. The trail will take you past a memorial plaque, dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster of 1910.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


7. Before long, you’ll catch your first glimpses of the beach ahead.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


8. When you come to the Gara Rock signpost, head right to go down to the beach or left to make your way to the Gara Rock restaurant for a well deserved bite to eat or refreshing drink whilst watching the magnificent scenery from their restaurant or outside seating area.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


9. If you’ve chosen to visit the beach, you won’t regret it! Gara Rock Beach (Seacombe Sands) is a beautiful, unspoilt sandy cove. Find out more from our full guide to Gara Rock Beach.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


Walking back to East Portlemouth

10. Head back up the trail towards the white building above. When you reach the top, take a right, going along the left side of the hotel.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


11. With the hotel on your right, walk up the road until you come to a Coast Path sign, pointing to a stile to your left. Go over the stile.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


12. Cross the car park to the next sign, almost directly opposite.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


13. Follow this trail.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk

14. When the trail reaches a muddy track, cross the track and go through the gate opposite.


East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


15. Follow this path, which will lead directly back to the Mill Bay car park.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


16. Turn right at the end of the car park.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


17. Simply follow the road back along the coast to where you began.

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk


There’s a Venus Takeaway at East Portlemouth beach, another great option for picking up a bite or a drink as you enjoy the stunning view of Salcombe across the estuary.

Download our FREE South Devon Walking Guide for lots of other great routes, including:

Where better for a walking holiday?

East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk

With miles of unbroken paths on the South West Coast Path, the stunning Dart Valley Trail, and acres of unspoilt woodland and farmland to explore, South Devon makes a wonderful base for a walking break.

Browse around 400 luxury properties in South Devon now.