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Baggy Point short circular walk


This short circular walk along the western flank of Baggy Point will reward you with far-reaching coastal, sea and farmland views. It's also an excellent place to see wild flowers and for a spot of bird-watching. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features.

The West facing cliffs of Baggy Point are a nesting place for Cormorants
You will almost certainly see Cormorants in the air or on the water during this walk National Trust Images / John Millar


Map route for Baggy Point circular walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Baggy Point car park, grid ref: SS432397


Go out of the car park by the kiosk and turn right up the asphalted lane, signed Baggy Point 1 mile. Be careful as there can be traffic on this section.


Go through gate posts to the fingerpost at the fork in the path, go left here. On your left at this point is the only dog waste bin in this area. Follow the asphalted track past the houses. Watch out for peregrines flying overhead.


Follow the track, keeping to your left at the next fork to your right here is a driveway to a modern house. About 28yd (25m) along here stop and look at the whale bones on the right side of the path. These bones are all that remains of a large whale that was washed up on Croyde Beach in 1915. They were preserved here for the benefit of visitors by the Hyde family, who gave Baggy Point to us in 1939.


Follow this mostly level, graded track along to the end of the headland. Look out to your left across the bays to Hartland in the far distance (we also have downloadable trails for this area - please look on our website for details). As you're walking along the paths on Baggy Point look for wild flowers in the spring and summer, bright yellow gorse and a variety of fungi in the autumn, and lichens and moss all year round. Be careful not to touch any of the fungi as many of them are poisonous.

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33yd (30m) past the gate you'll come to a fingerpost. Carry on straight here, signposted Baggy Point ½ mile. On the day this trail was walked there was a rare bird visitor to Baggy an Iceland gull that had brought a number of birders to have a look. There's a detour off this path that leads down to the rock pools if you do decide to take a look please be careful as the path and the rocks can be slippery. Look out for grey seals along the shoreline, especially in the summer. On a clear day you can see Lundy Island, 20 miles due west across the Atlantic Ocean. The island is owned by us and managed by the Landmark Trust and can be reached by boat in season and by helicopter all year. The waters around Lundy are world famous for scuba diving and, unusually, has licence to issue its own postage stamps. There are a number of holiday cottages and a renowned pub; please see for details.

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When you reach the headland do take time to stop and absorb the view it's magnificent at any time of year and in any weather. On clear days, and when the sea birds are not nesting, you may also have the chance to watch the many rock climbers that come to Baggy Point to take advantage of the variety of routes it offers. You can also see the headland at Morte Point from here, also owned by us. Please take a look at our website for walks from Mortehoe and Woolacombe.


From the headland follow the footpath sharp right, up the hill, to and through the gate. Follow the graded path straight ahead of you to the fingerpost. As you walk across this field look to your left at the dry stone wall covered with moss and lichen.

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Follow the gravelled footpath, signed NT car park 1 mile. Go through the gate and follow the stony track down the slope. To your right there are breathtaking views across bays to Hartland Point.


Follow the path as it goes to the right down the hillside to rejoin the path that you followed out to Baggy Point.


Turn left and retrace your steps back to the car park, signed NT car park ½ mile. We hope that you enjoyed this walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of coastline for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful landscapes. To find out more about how you can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to


Baggy Point car park, grid ref: SS432397

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Baggy Point short circular walk


A gently undulating walk with one short downhill that can be slippery when wet. Dogs welcome please keep on a lead due to proximity of the path to the cliff top and livestock in surrounding fields. No litter bins. Suitable clothing and footwear advised.
Baggy Point short circular walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01271 870555
Baggy Point short circular walk

How to get here

Baggy Point, Moor Lane, Croyde, North Devon
By train

Barnstaple, 7 miles (11km) from Croyde.

By road

Take A361 from Barnstaple to Braunton. At Braunton take B3231 to Croyde, then follow National Trust brown signs to Baggy Point. For SatNav use postcode EX33 1PA.

By foot

Access via South West Coast Path or along Moor Lane, Croyde.

By bus

308, Barnstaple to Croyde. Contact Devon Traveline 0871 2002233 or visit Traveline for more information.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 27 (Devon Coast to Coast) passes near Baggy Point. See Sustrans for more information.

Baggy Point short circular walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park
  • Tea room