Octavia Hill walk at Morte Point

Walking trail

During 2012, we commemorated the centenary of Octavia Hill’s death, one of the three founding members 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. This short walk around Morte Point, gives you a chance to enjoy the dramatic geology and sweeping coastal views that Morte Point has to offer.

 Visitor on the rocks at Morte Point, North Devon


Map route for Octavia Hill walk at Morte Point


Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS 458453 (EX34 7DT)


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.

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

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


Continue up a gentle slope, keeping the old derelict wall on the left until you reach the point where you entered Morte Point.

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Take a minute to enjoy the views on the centenary bench before retracing your steps back to the Mortehoe village car park.

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Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS 458453 (EX34 7DT)

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Octavia Hill walk at Morte Point


Circular walk with high cliffs in places and footpaths can be muddy and slippery in wet weather. Children should be supervised at all times. Dogs welcome, under close control.

Octavia Hill walk at Morte Point

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Octavia Hill walk at Morte Point

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 and 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

Octavia Hill walk at Morte Point

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome