Amble on the Down

Walking trail

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.

Coastal view at Bolberry Down


Map route for Amble on the Down


Bolberry Down National Trust car park, grid ref SX689384


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


Continue along this path in between the pockets of gorse, being sure to take advantage of the breathtaking views. 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 and becomes hard standing gravel until the end of the Down. At this point, continue right along the path where the tarmac becomes gravel. 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 path along the dry-stone wall boundary. While this part of the route isn't surfaced, it is level underfoot and well drained for most of the year.

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Soon the former Port Light Hotel (currently being developed) will come into view, followed by the metal gate tothe 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

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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


Bolberry Down National Trust car park, grid ref SX689384

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Amble on the Down


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

Telephone: 01752 346585




Oceans Reach Restaurant

Amble on the Down

How to get here

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
  • Oceans Reach restaurant 01548 562467