Walk - Croyde & Saunton Down
4.5 miles (7.2 km)
National Trust Baggy Point Car Park - EX33 1FF Baggy Point Car Park
Moderate - The paths are narrow and stony and there is plenty of ascent and descent, some of it steep, with steps as well.
A bracing walk to blow away the cobwebs, weaving your way through a network of old lanes to climb to a vantage point high above three miles of golden sand at Saunton, with breathtaking views right across Bideford Bay and the Taw and Torridge estuary. On the far side of the hill you follow a grassy path bordered with wildflowers to pick up the old coastguard path around the low cliffs at Down End, returning across Croyde Beach. A lovely walk in spring, when the gorse is blazing and the thorn bushes are covered in blossom and home to songbirds; also in autumn, when the heathland is bright with heather and small birds feed in the fields and hedges.
This walk is part of our "Summer Strolls". Use the walk (or part of it) to visit either Saunton Sands or Croyde beach.
While Croyde beach is not dog friendly this walk starts in the car park and heads to Saunton, which is dog friendly with miles of golden sands for playful pooches! Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs.