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East Soar to Overbeck's walk


This walk takes you along the runway of what used to be RAF Bolt Head. With panoramic views of the South Hams coast and countryside, the walk leads to Overbeck’s, an elegant Edwardian house with a hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and eclectic collections.

Palm trees and other exotic foliage at Overbeck's give the garden a great mediterrean feel
Explore the tropical gardens at Overbeck's National Trust Images / Andrew Butler


Map route for  East Soar to Overbecks walk
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East Soar National Trust car park, grid ref SX713375


From the car park, go through the gate to the left of East Soar Farm. From there follow the signposts for Overbeck's.


Follow the track that borders the former RAF Bolt Head airstrip until it bends round to the right, where you'll see a gate and signpost.

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Pass through the gate and cross the fields heading towards the next gate.

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After the gate turn left and then right, continuing to follow the signs for Overbecks.


Keep walking down the hedgerow path until you reach a stile and gate. Cross the stile, go through the gate and walk straight ahead, following the woodland path.


As you turn the corner you should see several tree stumps if you stand on these, you can just see the sub-tropical garden at Overbecks below and the view across to Salcombe beyond.


The walk finishes outside the Overbeck's entrance gates. Do come in, get some refreshments, and enjoy everything Overbeck's has to offer. There's a children's trail to accompany this walk.

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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


East Soar National Trust car park, grid ref SX713375

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East Soar to Overbeck's walk


This walk takes you to the National Trust's Overbeck's, on a waymarked route. The walk follows a flat gravelled track and crosses a grassy field. The last five minutes of the walk follow a woodland path that slopes gently downhill. Dogs are welcome for part of the walk but please keep on a lead. We regret that dogs are not permitted into Overbeck's garden.

East Soar to Overbeck's walk

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East Soar to Overbeck's walk

How to get here

East Soar car park, near Malborough, Devon
By train

Totnes, 19 miles (30.5km)

By road

Turn right from the Kingsbridge to Salcombe road (A381) into Malborough. Follow signs to Soar and take left fork when you come to final unsigned junction

By bus

Stagecoach X64 from Kingsbridge/Totnes, alight at Malborough then walk 2 miles (3.2km), following signs for Soar

East Soar to Overbeck's walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust Car park at East Soar (free for members)
  • Information point in car park
  • Refreshments, toilets and baby facilities at Overbeck's (National Trust)
  • Refreshments, toilets and small play area at Walkers' Hut (East Soar Outdoor Experience - NT tenant)
  • Toilets at South and North Sands (not National Trust)