2 bracing coastal walks in South Devon (short cuts included!)

By Clare Levy on January 13, 2014

Mattiscombe blogMattiscombe Beach

Every New Year is characterised by optimism and hopes for the future, so what could be a better time to start shaking off some of the cobwebs and extra pounds accumulated during the depths of winter? As the evenings start to draw out and the Sun begins to rise in the sky, it’s definitely time to don those walking boots and step outside for a bracing coastal walk in Devon.

Our little part of the county offers some of the most beautiful coastal walks in Devon and, in our view, the whole country. We have two suggestions for anyone enjoying a Winter break in Devon.

A Coastal Walk in Hope

HC blogView from Hope Cove

We’re not the only ones who consider this to be one of the most enticing coastal walks in Devon. This five-mile round trip features in the Devon Tourist Board’s top ten walks for the county. It begins and ends in the picturesque village of Hope Cove.

One of many options for coastal walks in Devon that include a stretch of the South West Coast Path, this route offers superb views along the coast towards Burgh Island and beyond. The trail also takes in the hamlet of Bolberry and passes a former World War II RAF radio station.

You can find the full route details here alongside directions for several other beautiful coastal walks in Devon. The guide also provides details of a short cut for those who don’t have the time or energy to complete the full five mile trek.

South Hams Coast Walk

Torcross Start2Torcross looking to Start Point

Another of our favourite coastal walks in Devon comes courtesy of the Ramblers’ Association and covers another spectacular section of the South West Coast Path. The entire length of this route is 12 miles, so most people choose to do it in bite-sized rambles. The complete walk stretches all the way westward from Torcross near Dartmouth right around to East Portlemouth where there is a ferry connection across the estuary to Salcombe.

It is described as the best coastline in South Devon, and it certainly takes in some magnificent views of landmarks such as the Start Point Lighthouse, Lannacombe Bay and the Kingsbridge Estuary.

Prefer A Shorter Coastal Route?

If you’re looking for a shorter section of the South Hams Coast Walk then consider parking up at East Prawle where there is a café and the famous Pig’s Nose, an authentic smuggler’s inn. From here you can walk the clifftops to Prawle Point, the most southerly tip of Devon, a distance of under four miles. People have been keeping watch over the English Channel from here for several centuries, looking out for enemy vessels as well as sailors in trouble at sea.

Already completed these walks? We have plenty of other suggestions walks in South Devon to keep you going.

Stay In South Devon

If these walks sound appealing to you, you might like to stay in a lovely South Devon holiday cottage nearby. Browse our South Devon cottages here.