Walk - Hartland Quay to Bude
15.2 miles (24.5 km)
Hartland Quay Bude
Challenging - Severe
This spectacular section is said to be the toughest part of the entire South West Coast Path and involves a long hard day of walking, with some very relentless and tiring ascents and descents. It is, however, definitely worth the effort! The Coast Path climbs above the rocky shoreline, notorious for shipwrecks (over 150 ships lost on the rocky outcrops between Morwenstow and Bude), past tumbling waterfalls, across secluded combes, crossing ten river valleys before easing on the approach to Bude.
There is a real sense of isolation here and the views are stunning, in particular those from Higher Sharpnose Point and Steeple Point. A less strenuous section, following enticingly sandy beaches, leads you into Bude and the end of this challenging and extremely rewarding section of the South West Coast Path.