Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk

Walking trail

Setting off from Sandymouth beach, north of Bude, this walk follows the South West Coast Path to Duckpool before returning along the same route. Views stretch far along the coast with clifftops adorned with wildflowers during the summer. The beaches at Sandymouth and Duckpool are backed by twisted cliffs and are ideal places to explore rock pools. You can also do the walk in reverse, starting from Duckpool and heading towards Sandymouth.

Walking on the cliffs at Sandymouth

Map

Sandymouth to Duckpool walk map

Start:

Sandymouth car park EX23 9HW

1

From the car park follow the path down towards the beach and cliffs (past the café and toilets). Before the path drops to the beach (where the information panel is located) turn right and follow the footpath through a kissing gate.

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2

Follow the path across the field and over the river. Take the sloping path up the valley to your right, to arrive on top of Stowe Cliffs.

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3

Continue along the coast path (wooden finger posts will guide you), passing through a gate and eventually descending to the footbridge at Warren Gutter. Cross the stream and climb the slope to Warren Point. Keep walking and soon you’ll pass through another gate and look down on Duckpool and the freshwater pond behind the pebble bank which might have given the beach its name.

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4

Follow the footpath down to the footbridge and car park. Duckpool beach is also accessible the most at low tide. Retrace your steps to Sandymouth.

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End:

Sandymouth car park EX23 9HW

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Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk

Terrain

A majority of the trail follows the South West Coast Path, following coast and farmland footpaths. There is moderate terrain along natural, uneven surfaces and can be muddy during wet weather. The route includes slopes, steps and unfenced cliff top. Sturdy footwear is advised. Dogs are welcome. Please keep them on a lead as there can be livestock in surroundings fields. A dog bin is located at Sandymouth.

If exploring the beaches please only enter the water when lifeguards are present (seasonal cover at Sandymouth).

Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk

Contact us

Email: northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone: 01208 863046

Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk

How to get here

Address
Sandymouth, near Bude, EX23 9HW
By road

Approaching from the south

Follow the A39 north from Bude. Turn left before arriving at Kilkhampton and follow the minor road through Stibb. The turn to Sandymouth beach is located on a sharp right bend about 500m beyond Stibb.

If starting the walk from Duckpool ignore the turning to Sandymouth and continue on the minor road. It will descend into a steep, wooded valley. Cross the bridge and turn left signed to Duckpool.

Approaching from the north

From Bideford follow the A39 south through Kilkhampton. Turn right as you leave the village and follow the minor road through Stibb. The turn to Sandymouth beach is located on a sharp right bend about 500m beyond Stibb.

If starting the walk from Duckpool ignore the turning to Sandymouth and continue on the minor road. It will descend into a steep, wooded valley. Cross the bridge and turn left signed to Duckpool.

By foot

The walk follows the South West Coast Path.

Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking at Sandymouth and Duckpool
  • Toilets at Sandymouth (restricted opening over the winter)
  • Café at Sandymouth (not National Trust)