Walk - Salcombe Harbour Hotel - Soar Mill Cove
8.1 miles (13.1 km)
Challenging - Several stretches of ascent and descent, some of them steep or prolonged, with steps, stiles, and paths that arerocky in places. There is a short section of narrow road with steep hedge banks: it is generally quiet, but listen out for traffic.
A loop through the woods and picturesque thatched villages behind Sharp Tor, returning along a stretch of high heathland seamed with ancient stone walls, where there are panoramic views from Dodman Point in the west to Prawle Point in the east. Ravens and buzzards circle the dramatic craggy cliffs above an estuary that is a haven for wildlife but a menace to shipping. Look out for dolphins, seals and basking sharks. In spring the hedges in the narrow lanes are alight with wildflowers such as primroses and violets, and the woods are carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic. Look out for early purple orchids too, and pink-headed thrift around the cliffs. It is a good place for birdwatching in the
autumn and is the only place in Devon where sometimes an American migrant bird can be spotted, such as a blackpoll
warbler. This is a dog-friendly walk. Use this walk to visit the hidden beach at Soar Mill Cove which is a dog-friendly beach.