The South West Coast Path literally passes our door. As you descend from the Great Hangman, (tallest cliff in mainland Britain) there are magnificent views across to Wales and as far round as Lundy Island, as well as deep into beautiful Watermouth Bay, before descending a grassy slope overlooking Combe Martin.

Many coast path walkers fall in love with the area and come back. There are so many walks of breathtaking beauty; the frozen lichen at Tarr Steps in winter can bring to mind Narnia; the sunken miners’ trails over Knapp Down lead to stunning views over our valley with its Norman church sitting in the village; from the end of January through February, the snowdrop valleys nearby; the short walks through Old Combe Martin to discover packhorse bridges, lime kilns and narrow lanes; the wide miles of sand and dunes a few miles away, reckoned by some to be among the five best beaches in the world. We have information on 25 nearby walks other than the coast path. They only scratch the surface though and we keep adding to them.

Walk – Holdstone Down

holdstonedown walkSTART:Overhead barrier car park at Holdstone Down
FINISH:Overhead barrier car park at Holdstone Down
LENGTH:2.3 miles (3.7 km)
SUMMARY:A short walk through a high-level wilderness with ancient settlements, plans for an ambitious Victorian housing estate which fortunately came to nought, and a history of spaceships and extra-terrestrial forces.
Difficulty – Easy
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

 

Walk – Trentishoe Down

trentishoeSTART:Elwill Bay, ‘Glass box’ car park north west of Trentishoe Down
FINISH:Elwill Bay, ‘Glass box’ car park north west of Trentishoe Down
LENGTH:2.4 miles (3.9 km)
SUMMARY:Moorland, heathland and woodland, with coastal views over dramatically plunging hillsides and across the Bristol Channel
Difficulty – Easy
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

 

Walk – Heddon’s Mouth

heddonsmouthSTART:Hunter’s Inn
FINISH:Hunter’s Inn
LENGTH:2.1 miles (3.4 km)
SUMMARY:A gentle stroll through ancient woodland, along a babbling stream to a tiny secluded shingle beach strewn with boulders and shadowed by steep,scree-clad hillsides, with dramatic cliffs of geological importance and tales of smugglers and U-boats.
Difficulty – Easy
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

 

Walk – Combe Martin

combemartinSTART:Kiln Car Park, Combe Martin
FINISH:Kiln Car Park, Combe Martin
LENGTH:3.6 miles (5.8 km)
SUMMARY:This walk takes you from sea level at Combe Martin’s lovely beach, which once bustled with coastal vessels, to the hills up high behind the village from stunning panoramic views down the valley to the sea.
Difficulty – Moderate
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

 

Walk – Little Hangman

littlehangmanSTART:Car Park, Hillsborough Road, Ilfracombe
FINISH:Car Park, Hillsborough Road, Ilfracombe
LENGTH:1.4 miles (2.3 km)
SUMMARY:This trail guides you along a dramatic coastline that has been in conflict for centuries; from the prehistoric hill fort of Hillsborough, smuggling, wrecking, naval activities and fortifications, to fist fights on the beach! This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome.
Difficulty – Moderate
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

Walk – Hilsborough

hilsboroughSTART:Car Park, Hillsborough Road, Ilfracombe
FINISH:Car Park, Hillsborough Road, Ilfracombe
LENGTH:1.4 miles (2.3 km)
SUMMARY:This trail guides you along a dramatic coastline that has been in conflict for centuries; from the prehistoric hill fort of Hillsborough, smuggling, wrecking, naval activities and fortifications, to fist fights on the beach! This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome.
Difficulty – Moderate
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

Walk – Great Hangman

hangmanSTART:Combe Martin – Kiln Car Park
FINISH:Combe Martin – Kiln Car Park
LENGTH:5.3 miles (8.5 km)
SUMMARY:The North Devon Coast is characterised by high cliffs and deep valleys, or combes. This walk explores two of the more spectacular examples of these features.
Difficulty – Challenging
For more information visit http://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

 

 

Walk – Sherrycombe and Girt Down

shericombeSTART:Overhead barrier car park at Holdstone Down
FINISH:Overhead barrier car park at Holdstone Down
LENGTH:4.9 miles (7.9 km)
SUMMARY:A high-level walk on coastal heathland, with far-reaching views and a fascinating variety of archaeological remains.
Difficulty – Challenging
For more information visit http://www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

 

 

 

Walk – Cherryford Hill

cherrifordSTART:Hunter’s Inn
FINISH:Hunter’s Inn
LENGTH:6.1 miles (9.8 km)
SUMMARY:A bracing walk around a rocky headland high above the sea and into ancient hanging oak woods, then up onto Martinhoe Common, with a breathtaking coastal waterfall, unusual rocks and a tale of a mythical fish along the way.
Difficulty – Challenging
For more information visithttp://www.southwestcoastpath.com