Walk - Sandymouth & Coombe Valley
6.8 miles (11.0 km)
Northcott Mouth beach - EX23 9ED Northcott Mouth beach
Challenging - Coastal path, woodland paths and inland footpaths and bridleways that may be muddy, quiet roads and tracks. There are several stretches of steep gradient, including steps.
A breathtaking walk above a stunning rocky shoreline. Towering spires and pinnacles soar over a jumble of blocks and boulders, strewn along the sandy beach where the Atlantic swell has demolished tall cliffs, themselves created by enormous forces in an ancient mountain-building period. In summer the path is fringed with wildflowers, and in the winter waterfalls tumble over cliff-faces green with moss and algae, to rocks crusted with mussels and shimmering with rockpools. The route returns through woodland in Coombe Valley and on past the country home of the Elizabethan explorer Sir Richard Grenville, in a gentle pastoral landscape of sheep and hay bales.