East Soar run

Running trail

This breathtaking circular route dips and climbs along rugged cliffs where 'Dartmoor meets the sea'. A wild, partially tamed landscape with views of the Atlantic ocean, sandy beaches and farm land. Overhead raptors fly and long-horned highland cattle peacefully munch on the rich grassland.

Great coastal run



East Soar car park


Take the path signed Overbeck's and East Soar farm. follow the track.


East Soar car park

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East Soar run


The route is a stunning mix of coastal climbs and descents with high, flat sections to get your breath back and appreciate the views across the sea: on clear days you can see submerged ship wrecks and as far away as the Lizard. 

It's 97% off road on well-marked trails and the South West Coast Path. Enjoy the descent into Soar Mill cove where a quick dip in the sea can refresh the legs for the final push and the climb out of Starehole Bottom under towering Devonian rocks.

East Soar run

How to get here

East Soar Car Park TQ7 3DR, SX712375
By train

Totnes train station 20 miles and Plymouth train station 25 miles.

By road

The A379 from Plymouth and the A381 from Totnes both meet at Kingsbridge. The A381 continues south to Salcombe where you can follow signs to Soar.

By foot
The long distance walking trail, the South West Coast Path, travels along the coast from Plymouth to Salcombe. It passes National Trust land at Thurlestone, Hope Cove, Bolt Head, Bolberry Down, Bolt Tail and East Soar on the way. The path continues again on the east side of the estuary, going from East Portlemouth to Torcross via Prawle Point.
By ferry

Daily ferry services from Salcombe to South Sands. Check with South Sands ferry for more information. From South Sands it is a short hike up the hill to Overbeck’s and a further kilometre to East Soar along footpaths.

By bus

Regular bus services from Totnes train station and Plymouth city centre to Kingsbridge. From Kingsbridge there are buses to Salcombe.

East Soar run

Facilities and access

  • National Trust Overbeck's garden and house tea-room, Sharpitor
  • East Soar Outdoor Experience cafe, East Soar
  • Oceans Restuarant and bar, Bolberry
  • Soar Mill Cove Hotel restaurant
  • Cafe, pub and hotel restaurants in Hope Cove
  • Toilets at South Sands, Salcombe and Watchhouse Sands, Hope Cove