Walk - Salcombe & Soar Mill Cove
6.6 miles (10.7 km)
Salcombe's North Sands car park - TQ8 8JT North Sands
Challenging - Several stretches of ascent and descent, some of them steep or prolonged, with steps, stiles and paths that are rocky in places. There is a short section of narrow road with steep hedge banks: it is generally quiet, but listen out for traffic.
A loop through the woods and picturesque thatched villages behind Sharp Tor, returning along a stretch of high heathland seamed with ancient stone walls, where there are panoramic views from Dodman Point in the west to Prawle Point in the east. Ravens and buzzards circle the dramatic craggy cliffs above an estuary that is a haven for wildlife but a menace to shipping. Look out for dolphins, seals and basking sharks. In spring the hedges in the narrow lanes are alight with wildflowers such as primroses and violets, and the woods are carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic. Look out for early purple orchids too, and pink-headed thrift around the cliffs. It is a good place for birdwatching in the autumn, and is the only place in Devon where sometimes an American migrant bird can be spotted, such as a blackpoll warbler.
This is a dog friendly walk. Use this walk (or part of it) to visit the hidden beach at Soar Mill Cove which 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.