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Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove walk


Explore the beauty and remoteness of the Ringmore Valley on a journey through old smugglers' lanes down to an unspoilt, secluded cove, boasting magnificent coastal views. Return through fields and woodlands rich in wildlife.

Walkers along the coast path above Ayrmer Cove
Ayrmer cove is a hidden gem - only accessible by foot or by boat Eric McDonald / National Trust


Map route for Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove walk
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Ayrmer Cove car park, grid ref: SX649456


At the far end of the car park follow the sign for Ayrmer Cove along the path known as Smugglers' Lane. The path veers left then winds down to the beach. Ringmore Valley contains many hedgerows from the 1800s which are still maintained by traditional cutting and laying practices. The hedgerows also provide great nesting sites for a variety of birds, including the nationally rare cirl bunting. Halfway down is a resting point and your first real glimpse of the cove.


Just before the beach there's a stretch of restored dry stone wall. At the beach turn right, cross the bridge over the stream and head over the sand dunes.

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Follow the path from the sand dunes through a gap in the wall, then up a steep hill and on to the South West Coast Path. Continue along this path until you get to a fence line and a way-mark post to Ringmore. From the coast path you'll notice the cliffs are eroding and we've had to move the path a number of times.

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Take a moment to savour the breathtaking coastal views before turning right along the top of Ringmore Valley and along the footpath inland, following a dry stone wall.


The footpath follows a stone wall back towards Ringmore. Go through two gateways and after the third head downhill, following the path by the fenced bank to the woods. You'll see fields of wild flowers and some which contain rare arable plants that require cultivation to exist.


Enter the woods and take the path straight down the hill (there's a short excursion to the orchard area signed on your left). In the woodlands you'll find a mixture of oaks and softwood plantings; the timber is used on the estate. The site of an ancient orchard lies at the top of the woods and is currently being restored with traditional Devon apple varieties. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto the track and follow this round to the right until you come to a small stone bridge.


Cross the main stream over the bridge (this is a good place to see brown trout and watch for kingfishers), following the footpath. Go through a gate then walk up the hill. Veer left around the back of Lower Manor Farmhouse and follow the road up.

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Just before the brow take the public footpath to the right. Continue to the road then veer left towards Journeys End Inn. At the inn turn right up the hill and follow the road to a T-junction. Turn right and walk along verge back to car park.


Ayrmer Cove car park, grid ref: SX649456

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Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove walk


A 3 mile (5km) circular walk or 1.5 mile (2.4km) walk to the cove and back. Fairly strenuous with several steep slopes and steps. Route can be muddy in places after wet weather. Resting points, with some benches, located at various points along the route. Dogs welcome under close control.

Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01752 346585
Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove walk

How to get here

Ringmore, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7
By train

Ivybridge, 9 miles; Plymouth 16 miles

By road
Follow A379 from Plymouth, turn right onto B3392 and head south to Ringmore.
Parking: Ayrmer Cove (Ringmore) car park (free to NT members), £2 per day.
By foot

South West Coast Path from Plymouth through to Wembury. Continue on to Warren Point, where you can take the seasonal ferry across to Noss Mayo and rejoin the path through to the River Erme (can only be crossed at low tide). The path continues towards Netton and heads on through to Ayrmer Cove.

By bus

Tally Ho! SH875, Plymouth to Ringmore, Friday only

By bicycle

Visit the Sustrans website to find the cycle routes around our special place and plan your trip.

Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove walk

Facilities and access

  • Public toilets (South Hams District Council) at Bigbury-on-Sea
  • Ayrmer Cove (Ringmore) car park: Pay & display (NT members free), Charge £2,
  • Numerous benchs along footpaths to rest and enjoy the views
  • Very steep section can be avoided if you walk through the village and along the valley