Beesands and Hallsands

All of maritime life is here in Start Bay’s great sweep of sea and land. Traditional fishing communities, and the mysterious and tragic lost village of Hallsands. The walk wends its way home again along green lanes and footpaths.

Technical sheet
No. 10050568
A Stokenham walk posted on 02/06/21 by South Devon AONB. Update : 06/07/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h15[?]
Distance Distance : 3.99mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 482ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 482ft
Highest point Highest point : 344ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 16ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Stokenham
Starting point Starting point : N 50.252755° / W 3.657051°
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(D/A) As you face the sea, turn right along the seafront. At the end of the road, bear right by a house called Seathatch up the coast path.

(1) Follow the coast path along the cliffs until you drop down to Hallsands.

(2) Walk along the back of the beach, and bear right and then left up a long flight of steps. If you wish to visit the Hallsands information point and see the remains of the lost village, bear left down the short path in front of Prospect House, retrace your steps back to continue the walk. By Prospect House apartments at South Hallsands, bear right down the road.

(3) After 150m, turn right opposite Hallsands village car park over a stile onto the public footpath signposted Bickerton. The path follows the fence line through the fields and enters a green lane.

(4) Turn right at the road. Go through the hamlet of Bickerton. On a left hand bend at Bickerton farm turn left then immediately at Tolcott House bear right onto green lane signed Bridgeway Lane.

(5) At the road, turn left. After 200m, turn right by a small stream onto a track leading onto a green lane.

(6) By the farm, bear right up to green lane following red waymarker.

(7) When you meet the surfaced road, turn right. After 120m, turn right again following the green waymarker for ‘Beesands’. At the bottom of the last field as you drop towards the sea, turn left following the waymarker. You will see the coast path below you on your right, continue along this permissive footpath until you rejoin the coast path.

(1) When you meet the coast path, turn left and retrace your steps down to Beesands.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 20ft - Seafront car park
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. 85ft - Coast path
2 : mi 1.06 - alt. 16ft - North Hallsands
3 : mi 1.38 - alt. 112ft - Hallsands village car park
4 : mi 1.75 - alt. 115ft - Bickerton
5 : mi 2.07 - alt. 49ft - Road
6 : mi 2.72 - alt. 243ft - Farm
7 : mi 2.83 - alt. 302ft - Surfaced road
D/A : mi 3.99 - alt. 20ft - Seafront car park

Useful Information

Start : Seafront car park, Beesands.
Terrain : Coast path with one long flight of steps; surfaced roads; field footpath; tracks and green lanes.
Parking : Seafront car park at Beesands. Free.
Public transport : See
Refreshments : In Beesands
Toilets : Public toilets by car park in Beesands.

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