The best of the North Devon Coast

Submitted by GaryShipp on 19 September 2008
OS Explorer Maps: 139 - Bideford, Ilfracombe & BarnstapleOL9 - Exmoor
(4 votes)
A linear, full-day coast walk in England starting at Croyde Village, Devon, about 19km (roughly 12 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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An invigorating coastal walk taking cliffs tops and sandy beaches. The distance of the walk will depend on the mulitude of route choices you make. Follow the coast line all the way and you'll at least double the route as the crow flies! For a shorter walk, you can avoid some of the headlands and travel cross country - but you'll be missing out.
Start: Croyde Village, OS Grid: SS444390
End: Ilfracombe Town Centre, OS Grid: SS517475
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139 - Bideford, Ilfracombe & Barnstaple buy with 10% off)
OL9 - Exmoor buy with 10% off)
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 488m (1604ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 977m (3207ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 488m (1603ft)
Max. Elevation: 180m (590ft)

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OS Grid: SS444391
Start of the walk
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SS437392
Take the well worn path to this surfer's paradise.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SS432396
Join up with the South West Coast Path - a long distance footpath covering 630 miles between Minehead and Poole Harbour.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SS421405
Fantastis views abound - keep your eye out for Rock Climbers on the cliffs below.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SS448405
A good spot for an ice cream as you decide whether to take the high or the low road to Woollacombe
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SS457438
You'll find this place a bit busy for comfort in the summer, but head on round the coast a little further and tranquility will once again return.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SS457452
The Ship Aground Public House always make for a good refreshment spot. How long you stay may influence your decision to take the route via Morte Point, or cut out the dog leg.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SS484463
A lovely village with a beautiful bay down the road.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SS515476
This large town has plenty of facilities. And plenty of tourists in the summer months!
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