The Hangman Hills is September walk of the month


This challenging walk providing much inspiration amply rewards the effort involved, with far-reaching views over coast and hills, through an area rich in history. The Hangman Hills walk on the South West Coast Path is the walk of the month as featured in our calendar.

A good walk in early autumn when the colour of the hills turn vibrant with heather in abundance. Listen out for warblers, as well as nesting seabirds on the cliffs and ravens on the hillside.

Starting at Combe Martin, a picturesque village, which was once a busy port, with its share of tales of seafarers and shipwrecks. The walk takes you to the top of Great Hangman. At 1044 feet, or 318 metres, it is England's highest sea cliff. From the cairn at the top here are tremendous views over the surrounding countryside. As the walk returns to Combe Martin you will follow tracks and path and pass an abandoned medieval settlement.

Start the walk at the main Combe Martin car park.

If you enjoyed this walk and love the Path, why not become a member of the South West Coast Path Association and help to protect it for future generations?

For just £20, you’ll receive the ‘Complete Guide’ to walking it and a year’s worth of news, reviews and discounts from selected partners that support the Association’s work including a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

Picture Caption: Heather and gorse line the South West Coast Path on Great Hangman heading down to Combe Martin, with views along the ruggedly beautiful north coast of Devon to Watermouth and Lundy Island

Photographer: Andrew Wheatley


Published on: Sept. 1, 2016