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Morte Point and Bull Point walk


Once notorious for smugglers and wreckers, this stretch of coastline is now a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the dramatic scenery of cliffs, rocky headlands and sandy bays. Look out for seals as you walk from Morte Point towards Bull Point and enjoy the coastal heathland and maritime grasslands, which are great habitats for birds and other wildlife. The secluded coves of Rockham Bay and Bennett's Mouth are worth a peek too.

Visitors on the rocks at Morte Point, Devon
Visitors climb the jagged rocks at Morte Point whilst the waves crash below them National Trust Images / John Millar


Map rout for Morte Point and Bull Point walk
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Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS458453


From Mortehoe Village car park turn left past the village shop. Take the lane on the right between the Church and the The Ship Aground pub, signposted Coast Path. Continue onto the National Trust path to Morte Point, keeping to the right of the cemetary and entering through the official gates onto Morte Point itself.

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Continue straight on, taking the broad grass track downhill. Turn left after 220yd (200m) to join a footpath which links to the coast path. The path will now take you around Morte Point.

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Follow the coast path through to Bull Point and the lighthouse, passing Rockham Bay and its sandy beach. Take the gravel path on the left round the back of the lighthouse and rejoin the coast path.


Continue uphill until the path starts to descend steeply down the steps to the secluded rocky bay of Bennett's Mouth. Before the bridle gate, turn a sharp right onto the path signposted Mortehoe. Follow the path, keeping the stream on your left.

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Pass through a bridle gate and continue to a signpost. Keep to the lower footpath until you come to a bridge on your left. Don't cross the bridge, but follow the path uphill until you reach the tarmac path at the top. Turn left to head back towards Mortehoe.

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Follow the lane to a metal gate, pass through the gate and continue on the road back to Mortehoe village car park.


Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS458453

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Morte Point and Bull Point walk


Strenuous circular walk along high cliffs and steep valleys. Beware of high winds on the coast path. Paths can be muddy and slippery in wet weather. Children should be supervised at all times. Dogs welcome under close control.

Morte Point and Bull Point walk

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Morte Point and Bull Point walk

How to get here

Mortehoe near Woolacombe, North Devon
By road

A361 Barnstaple to Ilfracombe, then onto B3343 to Woolacombe and Mortehoe. Follow signposted road to Mortehoe. Car park at Mortehoe Museum (not National Trust, parking fee applies). Use postcode EX34 7DT

By foot

The South West Coast Path runs through this area from Croyde to Ilfracombe.

By bus

Stagecoach Devon 21A, Barnstaple to Mortehoe Hail & Ride, then 10 minute walk to Mortehoe Musuem

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 27 runs from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple, above Woolacombe Bay, passing close to Mortehoe

Morte Point and Bull Point walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome