Walk - Bolberry Down

1.7 miles (2.8 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. 

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.

Ocean Reach Holiday Homes

Modern holiday homes with 360-degree coastal & countryside views. Situated on the SWCP on Bolberry Down. Pet friendly with enclosed gardens.

Shute Farm

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.We are willing to pick up and drop off walkers between Salcombe and Bantham

Waverley B&B

Luxury B&B just 200yrds from the Coast Path 5 en-suite rooms, large choice of breakfast, 1-night stays welcome. Parking available

Downtown Salcombe

Period B&B property, five minutes level walk from coastal path. Guests’ fridge,sky tv, king size bed,nespresso coffee machine. Conveniently located in town.

Parkdean Resorts Challaborough Bay Holiday Park

Set right in the the bay with unrivalled views of nearby Burgh Island and Bigbury beach, this park is the ideal located close to the Path.

Merrifield House Devon

Views of Dartmoor, 3 Ensuite Rooms (7 adults). Off Road Parking. CCTV. Dogs Welcome. Near Bantham, Aveton Gifford, Bigbury & Salcombe

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.

Hope and Anchor

Set in the heart of Hope Cove a stone’s throw from the beach & Path. Individual boutique rooms and al fresco dining.

Salcombe Dairy Shop & Café, Salcombe

Our ice cream parlour and bean to bar chocolate factory is set in the beautiful coastal town of Salcombe. It’s an irresistible spot for walkers in need of sustenance.

The Venus Cafe, Bigbury

Take away, with inside seating available

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 Information Centre

Walking the Coast Path? Call in for all you need including books, maps and our popular accommodation guide, bus and 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 and cattle 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 wildflowers, which in summer attract many butterflies.

  1. To follow the loop path leave the car park and head along the sealed path towards the Oceans Restaurant, Bolberry. At the entrance to the restaurant (cattle grid across the 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.


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


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