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Oil painting on canvas of Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling | © National Trust Images / John Hammond

Kipling Tors walk

This circular route is next to the sea, with stunning views across Bideford Bay and inland to Exmoor. Rudyard Kipling's novel, Stalky & Co, is based on his schooldays here. Kipling Tors is where Kipling and his friends used to smoke cigars and pipes and read books together.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Car park on Merley Road, grid ref SS423290

Step 1

From the car park turn right and walk along a wide and reasonably surfaced path – this was once the site of a railway track that continued along the coast to Abbottsham. After approximately 330yd (300m), turn left and follow the steep path next to the National Trust sign. This hill is the most challenging section of the walk.

Step 2

As you reach the top of this path, you'll see an old coastguard lookout. Go inside to be greeted by stunning views and wonderful artwork created by the local Primary School. There's also a Toposcope inside with interesting information for you to read. On leaving the lookout go back down the hill a short distance and take the first path on the right. Please note the path beyond the lookout is private access only.

Step 3

This is a long and fairly level path with great views and a great place to watch sea birds and try and spot porpoises in the bay. At the end of this path turn left and walk downhill for a short distance where you'll see a path on your right. Take this one down through some broadleaved woodland. At the end of this path you'll meet another path, turn left here.

Step 4

Where these two paths meet take a sharp left and take the public footpath. You can take the zigzag path through woodland which ends up in the same place.

Step 5

Keep going along this path until you reach a wooded gate and a path junction, turn right here and follow the path down through the chalets and back to the car park.

End point

Car park on Merley Road, grid ref SS423290

Trail map

Kipling Tors walking trail route
Kipling Tors walking trail route | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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