To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Salcombe to Bolt Head walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/salcombe-to-bolt-head/
Passing through an enchanted landscape of rocky spires and jumbled pinnacles. With inspiring views in all directions, this is a coastal walk guaranteed to lift the spirits.
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) From South Sands as you disembark from the ferry turn left along the road which curves uphill.
(1) Continue straight on past National Trust hut. Follow sign for Overbecks along winding drive uphill. Right in front of gates to Overbecks, turn right up the footpath, keeping the wall on left. At the next fingerpost turn left up steps signed for Sharp Tor, Starehole and Bolt Head.
(2) Continue along the footpath past Sharp Tor – marked by compass on a plinth. Go straight on at the next fingerpost signed for Starehole and Bolt Head to drop down into the valley.
(3) Cross the stream at the bottom. Turn left here down the valley and left again onto the coast path.
A short diversion will take you to East Soar Farm Experience which has a walker’s hut with self-service cakes, cream teams and drinks. (follow the signs, before returning to this point). Otherwise, continue on the path leaving the sign to the farm on your right.
(Alternatively, for an extended walk taking in Bolt Head itself, go straight on after crossing the stream up the steep path opposite and along the wall. At the fingerpost take the 2nd path left signed ‘Coast Path Salcombe 2½m’. This path drops along the flank of the ridge. Bear round to the left at the tip of the ridge to follow the coast path. At the fork, take the right hand path downhill. You re-join the shorter route at the bottom of the next dip at Starehole Bay.)
(4) Follow the coast path back into the estuary mouth and through the woods.
(1) Bear right where you meet the road to return to South Sands.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 39ft - South Sands
1 : mi 0.24 - alt. 167ft - National Trust hut
2 : mi 0.96 - alt. 351ft - Overbecks
3 : mi 1.4 - alt. 276ft - Stream
4 : mi 1.65 - alt. 121ft - Coast path
D/A : mi 2.69 - alt. 39ft - South Sands
The ferry for South Sands leaves from Whitestrand Pontoon in the centre of Salcombe. To get there from the car park and bus stop at Shadycombe, follow pedestrian signs into the town centre, turn left along Fore Street, and left again after 100m to the waterfront at Whitestrand.
Start : South Sands, Salcombe.
Terrain : Coastal footpath, uneven and rocky in places; surfaced road; field footpath.
Parking : Shadycombe Car Park, Salcombe for ferry to South Sands from Whitestrand Pontoon. Pay and display. (Summer Only).
Public transport : See www.travelinesw.com
Refreshments : At Salcombe and South Sands.
Toilets : Public toilets at South Sands; also at Whitestrand, Salcombe.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Salcombe to Snapes Point walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/salcombe-to-snapes-point-walk-4-5m-shorter-route-2-5m/
Explore upstream from Salcombe. This lovely tranquil mosey winds around sleepy creeks and fingers of land nosing out into the lapping waters, with brilliant and surprising views to keep your senses sharp.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The East Portlemouth to Gara Rock walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/east-portlemouth-to-gara-rock/
Step out along the coast path from the Salcombe Estuary to meet the wide open sea. Exhilarating scenery, and a wonderful way to get the wind in your sails. This walk crosses one of our beautiful estuaries, make sure you check the ferry timetable to help plan your route.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The East Prawle to Prawle Point walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/east-prawle-to-prawle-point/
A wonderful walk taking in spectacular coastal scenery and ancient green lanes. In one of the richest spots in Devon for plants and wildlife.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Hope Cove to Bolberry Down walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/hope-cove-to-bolberry-down/
A walk of towering cliffs, endless coastal views.Scenes and stories of shipwrecks, and the charm of Devon lanes winding between abundant hedgebanks with the beautiful, nestled fishing village of Hope Cove to start from and return to.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Kingsbridge to Bowcombe Creek walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/kingsbridge-to-bowcombe-creek-3-5m/
A delightful route following creeks and green lanes steeped in the trade and travel of past times. This short moderate walk offers melting views of the boat-bobbing estuary and charming South Hams countryside, and a host of waterfowl and wading birds into the bargain.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Kingsbridge to West Alvington woods walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/kingsbridge-to-west-alvington-woods-2m/
A stroll through parkland and woodland. Stroll out of Kingsbridge for a tranquil dawdle through parkland meadow and dappled woodland, just a hop, skip and a jump from the town – an unexpected delight.
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Kingsbridge to Frogmore circular walk can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/kingsbridge-to-frogmore-circular-7-5m/
Creeks and countryside. This walk exploring some of Kingsbridge estuary’s creeks – Bowcombe and Frogmore. Steep in places but the views are worth the climb!
To see a complete list of walks and access up to date walk information and difficulty please go to www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks/. The Kingsbridge town trail can be accessed via www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/portfolio_page/kingsbridge-town-trail-2m/
Discover clues to the history of the town. A 1.5 hours easy walk around the town of Kingsbridge. Leave at least an extra hour if you wish to explore the museum, churches and pubs. There is an audio guide for this walk which is best listened to along the route via the South Devon AONB walks webpage.
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