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Walking

Amble on the Down

Walking

A circular walk around the flat plateau of Bolberry Down, offering easy walking and far-reaching views of South Devon. Take your time and visit the viewpoints, take a seat and immerse yourself in this spectacular coastline.

The view over the Salcombe estuary from the house and garden at Overbeck's, Devon.

Map

Map route for Amble on the Down

Start:

Bolberry Down National Trust car park, grid ref SX689384

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From the National Trust car park, follow the easy access trail along the edge of the road towards the Port Light Hotel. When you reach a metal gate on the edge of Bolberry Down, bear left on the tarmac path which heads out towards the sea.

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Continue along this path in between the vast swathes of gorse, being sure to take advantage of the breathtaking views from the signed viewpoint. In May, the seaward slopes here offer spectacular displays of spring squill and the rocks are dotted with thrift, stonecrop and kidney vetch.

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The path gradually bears round to the right turning and becomes hard standing gravel before joining the South West Coast Path. At this point, continue right towards the Iron Age hill fort of Bolt Tail, perched on the end of the headland in front of you. Breaking free from the corridor of gorse, views over Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island will open up in front of you.

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Once you reach a kissing gate set in a dry-stone wall, it's time to head back inland across Bolberry Down. Follow the well walked path along the dry-stone wall boundary.

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Soon the Port Light Hotel will come into view and the metal gate with the National Trust car park, allowing you to retrace your steps back to the car. To take in a longer walk of the area you can combine this walk with the Bolberry Down and Soar Mill Cove Walk. This 5 mile (8km) walk also starts from the National Trust Car Park at Bolberry and can be downloaded from our website. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks.

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We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside 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 and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

End:

Bolberry Down National Trust car park, grid ref SX689384

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Amble on the Down

Terrain

The first section of the walk along the cliff, from Bolberry Down towards Bolt Tail, is on a tarmac trail which passes several benches and viewpoints before turning into a surfaced gravel path. The return leg is on a well walked grass path. Dogs are welcome on leads.

Amble on the Down

Contact us

Follow A381, Kingsbridge to Malborough. Entering village take second right towards village centre. Continue past church, then take third turning on right signposted to Bolberry. At Bolberry take next left signposted to Port Light Hotel. Continue up steep lane to National Trust car park.

Amble on the Down

How to get here

Address
Bolberry Down, near Malborough, South Devon TQ7 3DY
By train

Totnes, 18 miles (28.9km)

By road

Follow A381, Kingsbridge to Malborough. Entering village take second right towards village centre. Continue past church, then take third turning on right signposted to Bolberry. At Bolberry take next left signposted to Port Light Hotel. Continue up steep lane to National Trust car park.

Amble on the Down

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome