This circular walk from Croyde explores the section of the South West Coast path which leads to Baggy Point. From this headland, you can enjoy nice views of Croyde Bay and Morte Bay, especially at sunset!
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Join crossroads next to "Blue Groove". Go past the restaurant in Hobb's Hill.
(1) Bear right to Sandy Lane before "Billy Budd's. The lane becomes quickly a path joining an open field after 500 metres. Go diagonally right across the open field.
(2) Then, ignore the first footbridge on the right but take the second one after a few yards (yellow arrow) and go up the steps. Follow the beautiful path across the dunes until you join Beach Road. Go past public toilets and the car park before you turn left onto the South West Coast path next to Moor Lane. At the end of the path, walk Moor Lane which bends left and go past another car park on your right. You finally reach a fork.
(3) At this fork, leave the track which goes up but descend the left one leading to impressive remains of a whale. continue this way and go through Baggy Point gate.
(4) When you reach the junction signpost, turn right on the ascending path to Baggy Point. Follow this nice path overlooking the bay for one kilometre until you reach the point. Notice that, here at Baggy Point, American units practised cliff assaults from the sea during World War II. These events prepared troops for the historic capture of Pointe du Hoc (France), a German fortification during this war! Past the point, continue the (quite) levelled coastal path along the cliff with great views of Woolacombe Sand and Morte Point until you reach a junction signpost.
(5) Bear right "Croyde 1m". Ascend the hill, go through the stile and go down the field along the fence. Turn left onto the track, then immediately right to the descending one. Follow this wet and muddy track for half a mile before you join Stentaway Lane.
(6) At crossroads, continue down in Jones's Hill leading to the car park in Croyde village. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 56ft - Croyde car park
1 : mi 0.12 - alt. 69ft - Billy Budd's
2 : mi 0.57 - alt. 39ft - Second footbridge on the right
3 : mi 1.39 - alt. 69ft - Fork
4 : mi 1.58 - alt. 52ft - Signpost
5 : mi 3.29 - alt. 276ft - Hill
6 : mi 4.24 - alt. 102ft - Crossroads
D/A : mi 4.43 - alt. 52ft - Croyde car park
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