Walk - Duckpool & Woodford
5.1 miles (8.2 km)
Duckpool beach car park - EX23 9JN Duckpool car park
Moderate - Coastal path with some stretches of steep gradient, inland paths and tracks through fields and woodlands, with streams to cross.
While the balls and bowls of GCHQ's radio station lend this area an air of science fiction, still the landscape feels wild and remote as the Coast Path follows high cliffs above the rocky debris strewn along the sandy shoreline by millions of years of Atlantic surf. Duckpool is noted for its wildlife, especially moths, butterflies and glowworms, while its cliffs are of geological importance (and an SSSI) for the traces of prehistoric wildlife displayed in the fossils in their dramatically-folded rock-faces. The small romantic beach at Duckpool is a little-known gem, although most of it disappears at high tide. The currents are dangerous at all states of the tide, so it is not suitable for swimming.
If you are starting the walk at Sandymouth, first take the Coast Path northwards over the hill to Duckpool.