Mill Bay walk

Walking trail

Leave the Salcombe crowds behind and take shady, woodland paths to quiet sandy coves. The path climbs to the old lookout at Gara Rock, where you can rest and enjoy a bite to eat at the restaurant before returning back over the fields.

Follow the coast path and take in the views out to sea


Map route for Mill bay walk


Mill Bay car park, grid ref SX743381


Start at the National Trust car park at Mill Bay and follow the Coast Path, signposted to Gara Rock, past the toilet block and into the wood, soon passing a path leading upwards to the left. Follow the path through the trees (a path down to the right takes you to Sunny Cove). Go through the gate and onto Rickham Common.

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Stop for a moment beside the Salcombe Centenary Memorial Stones to admire the views across the estuary. Continue along the path out onto the cliffs and follow the path across Portlemouth Down, with Gammon Head and Prawle Point coming into view.

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Continue along the coast path as it curves above Rudder Cove. Soon after, you'll pass the top path leading back to Mill Bay on your left and on the cliff top ahead, the Gara Rock look-out hut. At the next fork, take the lower path to the right, passing above Rickham Sands and down to Seacombe Sands.

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Go through the gate, and at the stream turn right to explore the beach. Return to the coast path. For a short detour around the ancient fields of Decklers cliff, cross over the bridge, otherwise turn left, back up the hill to the gate and then take the upper path to the look-out.

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Leaving the look-out, walk down the lane going west of the hotel for 200 metres and then take the path over the stile on your left. Follow the path through two fields, over a farm track and through a gate onto Rickham Lane. Continue down the avenue of lime trees all the way to the car park.


Mill Bay car park, grid ref SX743381

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Plenty of moderate hills and paths can get muddy. Please take care when walking above the cliffs. Please keep dogs on leads and be aware of grazing sheep.

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How to get here

Mill Bay, Salcombe, Devon
By train

Totnes, 19 miles, then take bus 164 (see By bus above)

By road

A3121/A379 from Ivybridge to Kingsbridge, or A381 from Totnes to Kingsbridge. From there, take A379 towards Torcross and turn South at Frogmore to South Pool before following coast road to East Portlemouth. Carry on through village, along coast to car park at Mill Bay.

By ferry

East Portlemouth ferry operates during high season.

By bus

Tally Ho 164, Totnes to Kingsbridge (bus stop at Totnes train station); Stagecoach X64, Totnes to Kingsbridge, then Tally Ho 606, Kingsbridge to Salcombe.

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Facilities and access

  • Car Park at Mill Bay (National Trust) Free to members
  • Toilets at Mill Bay car park (not National Trust)
  • Refreshments and food at the Venus Cafe in East Portlemouth (not National Trust) and Gara Rock Restuarant (not National Trust)