Walk - Westward Ho! Kingsley & Kipling Walk
5.8 miles (9.4 km)
The Post Office in the Centre of Westward Ho! - EX39 1LQ Westward Ho! Town Centre
Challenging - One short steep climb of 60m/230ft; 5 stiles.
A stroll uphill from the seaside resort of Westward Ho!, made fashionable in Victorian times by Charles Kingsley's novel of the same name. The route travels over Kipling Tor, named after another nineteenth-century novelist with Westward Ho! connections, Rudyard Kipling. Circling the high ground behind Bideford, with dramatic views out across the Bristol Channel as far as Lundy Island, twelve miles offshore, it then returns along the Coast Path. Here high cliffs drop to rocky ridges pointing out into the foam-fringed breakers that roll in from Bideford Bay. A good walk in spring, when seabirds nest on the cliffs and the blossom is lush on the gorse and thorn bushes. Look out for buzzards overhead. Also good in autumn, when the gorse and heathers are vivid in the heathland and noisy flocks of migrant finches raid the bushes for berries.
For a shorter walk along the Coast Path, take a bus to Abbotsham and follow the route directions from 5.