Walk - Buck's Mills & Peppercombe Castle
4.7 miles (7.5 km)
Bucks Mills Car Park - EX39 5DY Bucks Mills Car Park
Moderate - Coastal and inland paths and tracks, quiet roads. Some of the paths are rocky and may be slippery, and there is a lot of ascent and descent, some of it steep, with steps and stiles.
A high coastal walk through ancient woodland teeming with wildlife, with glimpses of stunning sea views through the trees and optional steep descents to two remote sand-and-shingle beaches. The village of Buck's Mills dates back to Saxon times, and it has a colourful history; while at Peppercombe the prehistoric cliff fort was superseded by a Victorian castle that was abandoned when it looked as though it might fall into the sea. Detour halfway around to visit the thatched thirteenth-century Hoops Inn, one of three coaching inns where horses were changed en route from North Devon into Cornwall.
Dogs are welcome at The Hoops Inn. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog-friendly beaches and pubs.