Walk - Beesands and Hallsands
3.5 miles (5.7 km)
Seafront Car Park, Beesands - TQ7 2EL Seafront Car Park, Beesands
Moderate - Coast path with one long flight of steps, roads, tracks and green lanes, footpath through fields. May be muddy or wet in places. The green lanes can be overgrown at certain times of the year.
As you stroll past the 'Village that Fell into the Sea', it is easy to understand the massive power of the ocean on a windy day here. The waves crash on the rocks, dashing spray high in the air, and there is the muted roar of the shingle being dragged back and forth on the seabed. 'Hallsands looks as if it properly belonged to the sea,' wrote James Fairweather in his 1884 Guide to Salcombe, 'and had only been borrowed from it for a time.' Within 30 years the sea had claimed the village back again – with some help from local dredgers. A lovely walk in spring, when the ley (lake) is still home to migrants such as grebes, coots and warblers. Good in autumn, too, when they start to arrive. Look out for a hobby or a sparrowhawk circling above the flocks of swallows getting ready to leave.
Beesands is a dog friendly beach. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs.
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