The secret view of Salcombe to Snapes

Walking trail

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Salcombe and explore Snapes Point, with its unique 360 degree views of the spectacular Salcombe estuary and captivating birdlife.

The view over the Salcombe estuary from the house and garden at Overbeck's, Devon


Map route for the secret view of Salcombe Snapes walk


Snapes car park, grid ref SX738403


Pass through the small gate at the back of the National Trust car park onto a wide track heading down towards the estuary and the town of Salcombe. The route you are following is an old carriageway built in 1800, originally for the Salcombe to Kingsbridge railway.

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Continue along this high-hedged footpath and ignore the other footpaths signposted to your left and right. The high hedges and surrounding farmland are managed for wildlife under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The scheme helps support the populations of farmland birds which nest in the thick hedges and feed on insects and seeds across the neighbouring fields.

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As the track contours along the edges of Batson Creek, take in the impressive views of Salcombe and all of the hustle and bustle that surround the town. The bench along here is a great place to sit and boat watch.

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Eventually you'll reach a stone flight of steps on your left, signposted to a viewpoint. Take the short climb up here through the gate to the bench, for spectacular 360 degree views of the estuary's head at Kingsbridge right through to its mouth beyond Salcombe.


Now retrace your steps and return down the track up to the car park.


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


Snapes car park, grid ref SX738403

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The secret view of Salcombe to Snapes


This walk follows a wide, easy going surfaced trail with gentle slopes. Dogs are welcome but please keep them under control as the walk passes through fields grazed by sheep.

The secret view of Salcombe to Snapes

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The secret view of Salcombe to Snapes

How to get here

Snapes Point, near Salcombe, South Devon TQ8 8NQ
By train

Totnes, 18 miles (29km)

By road

Follow A381 from Kingsbridge to Salcombe. After Malborough take second turning on left onto a lane signposted to Lincombe. Continue down this lane, go over first crossroads, still following signs to Lincombe, until a brown car park signpost in a hedge and a right turn up a short single track lane to Snapes car park.

By bus

Route 606, Kingsbridge to Salcombe. See Traveline South West.

The secret view of Salcombe to Snapes

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome