Walk - Bolberry Down

1.7 miles (2.7 km)

Bolberry Down - TQ7 3DY Bolberry Down

Easy - This section of coast is relatively flat and the National Trust have undertaken work to ensure that a network of paths can be used by people in wheelchairs, or with buggies.

Bolberry Down has a network of paths running along high cliff tops with great views, providing a choice of walks of varying lengths. It is a great place in springtime, when rare cirl buntings and dartford warblers call from the bushes, and the coastal heathland is full of wildflowers. In autumn the heathland is vivid with gorse and heather, and the migrant birds gather ready to leave.

Soar Mill Cove is dog friendly. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs. 

To check that this walk is suitable for you click here where you can find additional mapping and photographs showing gradients, path surfaces, and other detailed information.

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.

Ashleigh House, Kingsbridge

Ashleigh House is a 7 Bedroom 4* Victorian B&B with parking, used by walkers as a base for 2-4 day walks using local buses and taxis. There are good Restaurants, Pubs and Shops within walking distance of the house.

Bolberry House Farm, Marlborough

Nestled in the rolling hills of South Devon, between the old fishing village of Hope Cove and the boating paradise of Salcombe. An ideal base to explore the magnificent South West Coast Path.

Bolberry Farm Cottages, near Salcombe

Half a mile from the South West Coast Path at Bolberry Down. Short breaks available. Dog friendly.

Ocean Reach

Luxury holiday homes with 360-degree coastal & countryside views. Restaurant & Bar.Food locally sourced, cooked and presented to the highest standard.

Little Waverley, Hope Cove

Just yards from the South West Coast Path offering weekly lets & short breaks for 2-4 people – TV, wifi, parking, 2 mins walk to post office /shop, pub & cafe.

Higher Rew Touring Caravan & Camping Park

Higher Rew is a 4 star family run park close to beautiful Salcombe and the South West Coast Path. The Squire family have, over many years, created a relaxed caravan and camping park for your enjoyment.

The Old Post Office, South Milton

The Old Post Office is a small friendly B&B with a big welcome for walkers and families in a great location close to the South West Coast Path.

Shute Farm, South Milton

16th Century character farmhouse in quiet position. A short distance from the Coast Path and lovely sandy beaches. 3 comfortable ensuite rooms. Open all year.

Rocarno B&B

SINGLE NIGHT STAYS. Lovely views. Free wi-fi, free tea & coffee, great breakfasts.

Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury on Sea

Basic farm campsite located right on the Path.  Showers, toilets, electric hook ups, camp fires and a field with a view.  Ideal stopping point before crossing the River Avon. 

Summerwinds, Bigbury

Views to Bantham and Burgh Island. Full English breakfast.Wifi.One night stays welcome.

Heart and Sole Wellbeing

Beautiful 4-bed house 2mins from beach.  I offer fitness sessions, mindfulness, nutritious superfoods to reenergize, refocus and reinvent.   

Kimberley B&B, Ringmore

Sleeps up to 4 in King and Twin rooms with private bath. Cooked breakfast.  Sea views. Local pub. Dogs in twin room. £40 pppn, single supplement £20 per room.

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.

The Cove Café Bar

Multi-award winning, the best local produce, Little Sailors and takeaway options Over 70 craft beers, ales & ciders Live sport multiscreen.

Coast @ Gara Rock

“Spectacular views and food to match”  Family friendly food that does not cost the Earth. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or website.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Kingsbridge Tourist Info Centre

Walking the Coast Path? Call in for all you need including books, maps and our popular accommodation guide, bus & ferry times and much more!

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Route Description

The area around Bolberry Down is looked after by the National Trust and you are free to wander the network of paths at will. The paths highlighted on the map are all fairly flat (generally a maximum gradient of 1:10, with a minimal cross-slope), and have been levelled and compacted to make access easier for people in wheelchairs or with buggies.

The National Trust manage the rare and vulnerable coastal grassland found here as a habitat for a variety of species. The area is grazed by sheep to keep the turf short and prevent scrub from taking over. Gorse is also cut back so that there is a mixture of old and young shrubs, which provide food and shelter for a wealth of wildlife. Some of the wildlife you are likely to see include skylarks (listen out for them singing as they fly high above), ravens (with their croaking call and acrobatic flight) and the rare Dartford warbler and cirl buntings hiding in the scrub. Either side of the path there's a wealth of wild flowers, which in summer attract many butterflies.

  1. To follow the loop path leave the car park and head along the sealed path towards the Port Light Hotel. At the entrance to the hotel (cattle grid across road, with pedestrian gate beside it), turn left and take the track towards the sea. After about 100 yards take the left hand path again, which leads to the viewpoint and resting area at Saltern Pike.
  2. From here continue along the coast for about ½ mile and you will reach the viewpoint and bench at Fernyhole Point.

Here you can look down over Bolt Tail (with its Iron Age fort), along the coast as far as Rame Head in Cornwall, and on a clear day you should be able to see the Eddystone Lighthouse guarding a dangerous reef 8 miles out from Rame Head.

  1. From here the Coast Path continues through a gate down to Bolt Tail and Hope Cove. To return back to the car park take the path across the field and past the Ocean Restaurant Bolberry Down.
  2. The other path starts at the bottom of the car park and runs along a rougher stone track and descends gently (maximum 1:10) for about a third of a mile.

Look for the rows of upright local stone (called mica schist) in the ‘hedge’ on the left - these are Bronze Age field boundary stones.

  1. The path then rises over a small stone outcrop, (1:8 ascent for 10 yds, 1:6 descent for 10 yds, with 1:10 camber) and whilst easy to walk over, could be difficult for a wheelchair user.

About 100 yds past this, is the bench and viewpoint at Cathole Point.

  1. From here the Coast Path descends steeply down to the lovely beach at Soar Mill Cove, known locally as ‘Dartmoor by the Sea’ due to the tor-like rock outcrops that surround the cove.
  2. If you decide to go down to the beach, you can avoid retracing your steps by taking the alternative path back that goes up the valley and rejoins the Coast Path at West Cliff.

Public transport

No buses go to Bolberry Down. The closest bus stop is at Hope Cove (2 miles along the Coast Path) which is served by the 162 from Kingsbridge 3 times a day. For details visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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Bolberry Down (Postcode for Sat Navs: TQ7 3DY).

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