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Bolt Head walk


Discover the dramatic coast around Salcombe, walking from East Soar to the charming secluded beach at Soar Mill Cove. After a rest on the beach, journey around the jagged rocks at Bolt Head and discover fantastic views as you walk up the Salcombe Estuary.

Panoramic view over the Salcombe estuary towards Rickham Common and Portlemouth Down from the coastal path at Bolt Head, Devon
Take in the view from Bolt Head National Trust Images / John Hammond


Map route for Bolt Head walk
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East Soar car park (National Trust), grid ref SX713375


Leave your car at East Soar car park, just past Soar hamlet. Walk down the lane and opposite the brick building turn right, through the gateway, towards Middle Soar. Follow the track, past the buildings of Middle Soar, to reach the warren wall. Continue straight ahead, through the gate and onto the cliffs. Turn left at the signpost, towards Bolt Head.

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Continue along the coast path, through gates and along the lower path (signposted 'Bolt Head and Salcombe'). Go through another gate to arrive at Bolt Head, with its dramatic jagged rocks. The views from the headland stretch from Dodman Point in the west to Prawle Point in the east.

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Follow the coast path to Salcombe, around the headland and down the slope towards Starehole Bay. To visit the beach, turn right before the stream and follow the path to the steps.

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Return to the coast path, cross the bridge and go through the gate, soon passing on your right the ruins of a telegraph cable testing house. Continue along the path towards the crags of Sharp Tor. Follow the path along the cliffs and into Fir Wood. You are now above the treacherous Salcombe Bar which stretches across the ria to Leek Cove.

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When you reach the road, turn left uphill towards Overbecks, before taking the path on your right into Tor Woods. Continue along the path, keeping left, as it winds uphill to offer views of South Sands. Climb the steps out of the woods and follow the path across the fields, through the gate, then turn immediately right. Continue through another gate and follow the edge of the field towards the windsocks until meeting the track to the car park.

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Go through the gate, turn right (to Malborough) and cross two fields. Turn right at the track, and follow it to the car park.


East Soar car park (National Trust), grid ref SX713375

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Bolt Head walk


A 4.5 mile (7.4km) walk; for a longer route combine with the Bolberry trail. One steep climb, uneven paths and muddy in winter. Dogs are welcome, provided they are kept on leads.

Bolt Head walk

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Telephone: 01752 346585



Bolt Head walk

How to get here

Salcombe, Devon
By train

 Totnes, 15 miles (24km); Plymouth, 16 miles (25km)

By road

A379 from Plymouth and A381 from Totnes both meet at Kingsbridge. A381 continues south to Salcombe and A379 heads east to Torcross. Minor country lanes provide access to this whole stretch of coast.

By foot

South West Coast Path, Plymouth to Salcombe

By ferry

Daily ferry services from Salcombe to East Portlemouth (all year) and to South Milton Sands (April to October); ferry service, Kingsbridge to Salcombe (May-September).

By bus

Totnes service 164 and Plymouth service 93 to Kingbridge; X64, 92 and 606, Kingsbridge to Salcombe, Hope Cove and Thurlestone (162); Tally Ho! 606 stops at Malborough, 35 minutes from Port Light Inn.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 2 travels from Totnes to East Portlemouth on east side of estuary. See Sustrans.

Bolt Head walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome