Walking

Walking trail

Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

Walking trail

A stroll down Woodhuish Lane to Man Sands beach takes in the wetland area at Man Sands which is a haven for birds. For a circular route you can follow the South West Coast Path to Scabbacombe beach and finish off back at Woodhuish, a Victorian working farm complete with restored cider press.

A National Trust ranger van parked at Man Sand beach

Map

A map of the Woodhuish circular walk

Start:

Woodhuish Farm, grid reference SX913530

1

Follow the path from the car park down Woodhuish Lane to Man Sands. Along this route you will pass a bird hide which is the perfect place to stop and look out over Man Sands wetland area, see the birds enjoying the wetland and find out more information about the wetland. The rangers are allowing a natural process to re-profile the beach and the lower valley which now floods - perfect for the many ducks and waders which use this area.

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The wetland and Man Sands beach

2

From Man Sands beach, strike out on the coast path heading right, following signposts to Scabbacombe beach (approximately 1.5 miles). Enjoy the spectacular views and note Staddon Shales and Meadfoot Slates rocks, which regularly 'slump' onto the beach.

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Dartmoor ponies on the South West Coast Path near Coleton Fishacre

3

From Scabbacobe beach head inland, following signs for Scabbacombe car park. This secluded beach is a popular spot with nudist bathers and dog walkers. Take care if swimming here as the currents are strong - don't use inflatables.

4

Head back down Woodhuish Lane until you reach Woodhuish Farm, which completes your circular walk.

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Three of the ranger team operating the restored Victorian cider press at Woodhuish near Coleton Fishacre

End:

Woodhuish Farm, grid reference SX913530

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Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

Terrain

The route follows a quiet country lane down to Man Sands beach, and leads to a well maintained but naturally uneven coastal path which is steep in places. Be aware of cliff edges and keep children and dogs supervised.

Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

Contact us

Telephone: 01803 842382
Email: englishrivieracountryside@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dart-estuary-brixham/
Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

How to get here

Address
Woodhuish Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ
By road

From Brixham or Kingswear follow signs to Coleton Fishacre from the B3205, but turn left towards Woodhuish Farm when signposted, before you reach Coleton Fishacre.

By foot

South West Coast path plus link paths from Kingswear, Hillhead and Brixham.

By bus

Regular Stageboach service from Kingswear to Brixham stopping off at the turn off to Coleton Fishacre on B3205 and Hillhead Caravan Park. Bus stops are approximately two miles from Woodhuish.

Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park (free for members) at Scabbacombe and Man Sands
  • Bird hide overlooking Man Sands wetland area