Walk - Lee Bay Coastal Heathlands

4.2 miles (6.7 km)

Lee Car Park - EX34 8LR Lee Car Park

Challenging - Some marshy sections and steep inclines

This rewarding walk combines some of the best of the South West Coast Path in North Devon with woodland and windswept farmland surrounding ancient farms.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Lundy House, Mortehoe

Lundy House B&B sits between Mortehoe and Woolacombe on the North Devon coast. Surrounded by National Trust land. Great breakfasts. Dogs and dirty boots welcome.

Marine House B&B, Woolacombe

We are a small modern B&B in the center of Woolacombe, just 2 minutes walk from the beach and the South West Coast path.

Lee Meadow Farm Camping

Traditional campsite set in lovely countryside beside the Coast Path. Visit the farm animals, free hot showers, farm shop & tea room on site. Ehup available.

Sunnymead Farm Camping & Touring Site

Small friendly family run 4 AA Pennant Campsite, stunning views, dogs welcome FOC, hot showers, EHU's, large level pitches, play area

Westwell Hall

Luxury, adults only, guest house with direct access to the Coast Path. Cordon Bleu evening meals available. Fabulous sea views.

Avoncourt Lodge

Simple, light, airy B and B with home cooked breakfast, honesty bar and drying room. Ideal base for Torrs Walk and a 10-minute stroll to town centre.

Pickwell Barton

Unique peaceful, stunning location, 4 star Gold award cottages with private access through fields to the Coast Path and fabulous beaches, 1 mile from villages of Georgeham & Croyde.

Harcourt Hotel, Ilfracombe

Small "dog friendly Hotel " with a clean, friendly, home from home environment, in very close proximity to all amenities, including the Coast Path.

The Olive Branch Guesthouse, Ilfracombe

4AA* Guesthouse just minutes walk from the coast path! Hikers/runners/cyclists most welcome! Free WIFI + Large Inclusive Breakfast.

Ocean Backpackers

Quality independent Youth hostel with large self catering kitchen, communal lounge and dining room. Private en-suite rooms and dorms. Open all year.

The Collingdale Guest House, Ilfracombe

Award winning Guest House directly on SWCP with stunning views of Ilfracombe Harbour. Minutes to the Moors, Seconds to the Sea. Book direct for best rates.

Combas Farm, Putsborough

Combas Farm is a 17th century farmhouse, located in a wonderfully secluded valley, with a beautiful garden and unspoiled views.

Hele Valley Holiday Park, Ilfracombe

Located in the beautiful seaside town of Ilfracombe along the stunningly rugged North Devon coast. The perfect destination for relaxing and for walking the South West Coast Path.

The Whiteleaf, Croyde

An AA award winning Four star Gold Guest House offering en-suite fully equiped rooms, some with balconies, close to the footpath.

You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Lee Meadow Farm Shop

The home of Glampig home reared pork cuts,our own eggs, fresh baked bread and pastries, cream teas, lite bites, amazing cooked breakfast, bbq products, dog friendly,free parking.

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Route Description

This rewarding walk combines some of the best of the South West Coast Path in North Devon with woodland and windswept farmland surrounding ancient farms. Of particular interest are the coastal heathlands, where hardy plants such as gorse and heather survive battering from Atlantic weather and centuries of use by man to create a unique landscape.

  1. Start at the car park at Lee near the sea–front. Take the footpath that runs inland and follow it to the far end of a meadow. Go over a stile on the right, cross the meadow and over another stile into Borough Woods. Go over a footbridge and turn left following the stream through the woods for about a mile. After the stile, take the right hand path signed to Damage.
  2. Climb steeply until you reach a stile leading into a field which you then cross to a stile leading into a lane. Go straight over this to the steps in the bank and another stile. Make for the footpath sign high up over the far side behind the hedge. Go over the stile in the right hand corner of the field.
  3. Bear right and head for a gate with a footpath sign. Follow the yellow way-marker arrows through a marshy area between gorse and rocky outcrops. Where another footpath is joined, bear left to a low stone wall. Go through the small gate to the ancient Damage Barton Farm, which stands on the old road between Lee and Mortehoe.

The present building probably dates from the 16th or 17th century but there is evidence of an earlier, medieval building. Its stout walled construction may suggest fortification against attack.

  1. From Damage Barton turn right along a lane for about 500 metres, bearing left where a footpath forks right and then turn left over a stile. Follow the path along the edge of a field with a standing stone in it, then drop down and cross a foot-bridge over a small stream. Climb steeply up the other side until you reach a road. When you come out on the road, turn right and go into the private lane leading, after about half a mile, to Bull Point Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was built in 1879 in response to complaints from “clergy, ship owners, merchants and landowners” to the Trinity House Brethren asking for a lighthouse and stating that the “barbarous conduct of lawless wreckers caused much loss of life and property”.

  1. From Bull Point Lighthouse return along the Coast Path over the splendid cliffs and back to Lee. When the footpath meets the road, turn left into the lane and continue downhill towards the cove car park.

Public transport

Limited bus service from Ilfracombe to Lee (DevonBus 305). For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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Lee Bay (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX34 8LR).

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