Morte Point walk: seals and smugglers

Walking trail

This route takes you out onto Morte Point, with great views towards Woolacombe beach and Baggy Point. Bring some binoculars as you may see Atlantic grey seals, which play close to the shore - they pop up for air every 15 minutes, so find a good seat and be patient a while. This walk is dedicated to Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust. Morte Point was an early gift to us and now, close to 120 years later, it is timely to reflect on the foresight of those individuals who've helped to shape the coast and countryside we love and enjoy today.

Border collie working the sheep at Morte Point, Devon


Map route for Morte Point walk: seals and wreckers


Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS458453


From Mortehoe village car park turn left past the village shop. Take the lane on the right between the church and The Ship Aground pub, signposted 'Coast Path'. Continue onto the National Trust path to Morte Point, keeping to the right of the cemetery and entering through the official gates onto Morte Point itself. It's worth taking a short detour to see the plaques at the Lookout just beyond the gates. They commemorate the coastguard lookout point that stood at this point from 1915-1982, and three local men who guarded the coast at this station.

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Continue straight on, taking the broad grass track downhill. Turn left after 220yd (200m) to join a footpath which links to the coast path. The path will now take you around Morte Point.

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When you reach the finger post follow the direction which says 'Mortehoe ½ mile.'

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Continue up a gentle slope, keeping the old derelict wall on the left until you reach the point where you entered Morte Point and retrace your steps to the car park.

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Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS458453

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Morte Point walk: seals and smugglers


Circular walk with high cliffs in places and footpaths can be muddy and slippery in wet weather. Children should be supervised at all times.

Morte Point walk: seals and smugglers

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Morte Point walk: seals and smugglers

How to get here

Mortehoe near Woolacombe, North Devon
By road

A361, Barnstaple to Ilfracombe, then onto B3343 to Woolacombe and Mortehoe. Follow signposted road to Mortehoe. Car Park at Mortehoe Museum (not National Trust, parking fee applies). Postcode: EX34 7DT

By foot

South West Coast Path runs through this area from Croyde to Ilfracombe

By bus

Stagecoach Devon 21A, Barnstaple to Mortehoe Hail & Ride stop, then 10 minute walk  to Mortehoe Musuem. See Traveline

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 27 runs from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple above Woolacombe Bay, passing close to Mortehoe

Morte Point walk: seals and smugglers

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome under close control
  • Nearest toilets and refreshments in Mortehoe
  • Parking in Mortehoe village car park