Walking

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Morwenstow walk: Reverend Hawker country

Walking trail

Explore the most northerly National Trust area in Cornwall in a parish made famous by the eccentric Reverend R S Hawker of Morwenstow. This is a walk of contrasts with dramatic, towering cliffs, sheltered wooded valleys, wildlife-friendly organic farmland and the opportunity to visit one of the Trust’s smallest buildings.

The view from Hawker's Hut, on the coast near Morwenstow.

Map

Map route for Bude to Morwenstow Reverend Hawker country walk

Start:

Rectory tea-room, grid ref: SS205153

1

From the Rectory Farm tea-rooms, pass through the lychgate into the churchyard. Taking the path to the right of the vicarage, descend into Morwenna Valley.

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2

Turn left along the valley at the waymarker signed Coast Path. This path was opened to the public under the farms Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Continue along the length of the valley, walking through woodland, scrub and then open grassland to reach Vicarage Cliff and the coastal path.

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3

Turn left at the path and ascend the cliff path to the farmland plateau above.

4

On reaching a kissing gate there's an option to turn left and return to the tea-rooms, or, continue along the cliff tops until you reach a walled entrance marked Hawkers Hut. The hut is just below you, down some slate steps. This intriguing little building was reputedly built by Reverend Hawker out of driftwood from shipwrecks. He would sit here and meditate, smoke pipes of opium and write poetry. For decades people have carved initials and messages in the timbers some are well over 100 years old.

5

Continue on the coast path, passing another gate into the next valley: Tidna Shute. Alternatively, for a slightly shorter route, take the path to the left to return to the tea-rooms.

6

Turn inland at the base of the hill. The farmland and valleys of maritime heathland are important areas for a number of rare species. See farmland birds and butterflies in the hedges and heath and look out for grey seals in the water far below, while kestrels and peregrines hover around the cliffs. The farm has recently undergone conversion to organic status.

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7

Turn left at the waymarker and enjoy a walk through the Tidna Valley and woodlands until you reach a waymarker directing you back uphill toward Rectory Farm.

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8

Crossing several stiles and a farm track you will see a sign for the tearoom where you started.

End:

Rectory tea-room, grid ref: SS205153

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Morwenstow walk: Reverend Hawker country

Terrain

Variety of terrain, including slopes, uneven ground, steps, stiles and unfenced cliff tops. Occasionally muddy in parts. Dogs welcome, please keep under close control through farmland.
Morwenstow walk: Reverend Hawker country

Contact us

Telephone: 01208 863046
 
Email: northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk
 
Morwenstow walk: Reverend Hawker country

How to get here

Address
Morwenstow, Cornwall EX23 9SR
By road

Informal car park adjacent to tea-room at Crosstown, Morwenstow. Turn off A39 at Crimp.

By bus

First Travel route 319, Bude to Hartland via Morwenstow.

By bicycle

Cornwall Cycle Route, 23 miles (37km), passes through Morwenstow. See Sustrans' website for more.

Morwenstow walk: Reverend Hawker country

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Rectory Farm tearoom at Morwenstow