Things to do at Bolberry Down
Head out for a walk, explore a historical landscape and take in spectacular views of the surrounding coast and countryside along the wild stretch of coastline at Bolberry Down. Discover Soar Mill Cove where you can stroll along the sandy beach, clamber over the rocks and spot seasonal wildlife.
Head out for a walk
Trails for all abilities criss-cross this wild part of the south Devon coast. Walk to Overbeck's Garden, a subtropical clifftop garden overlooking Salcombe. Stop for tea on the way at the Walkers' Hut at East Soar, or carry on past Overbeck’s Garden into Salcombe.
In the other direction head for the picturesque village and old smugglers' haunt of Hope Cove or further afield to South Milton Sands and Bantham.
Pull on your walking boots, wrap up warm and choose from one of two walking routes below – or why not come back and complete them both?
Amble on the Down
Head to this level-access circular trail around the flat plateau, for an easy walk and spectacular ocean views.
Accessible walk: Part of the stunning coastline at Bolberry Down is accessible to all, thanks to an initiative by the National Trust and the South West Coast Path. This relatively flat section of the coast path provides the perfect place for a smooth level trail, with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view.
The route takes you from the Bolberry car park, which includes disabled parking bays, to the end of Bolberry Down. From here you can discover the beautiful views of Hope Cove, and on a clear day you can see as far as Lizard Point.
The path is an existing part of the South West Coast Path, and in 2017 the full 1.2km route was resurfaced and slightly widened with funding from the SWCP and the Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust. It is now wide enough for buggies, wheelchairs and walking hand in hand.
Bolberry Down and Soar Mill Cove
Explore the history of this magnificent corner of Devon while enjoying spectacular views out to sea on a walk over Bolberry Down and down to Soar Mill Cove.
Explore a historical landscape
Discover a 2,500-year-old Iron Age fort on a walk to Bolt Tail. Watch the waves crash onto the rocks below and look out to sea where many shipwrecks remain submerged along this section of the coastline. Spot the radar stations which reveal the part Bolberry Down played in protecting Britain during the Second World War.
Discover Soar Mill Cove
Soar Mill Cove is a small sandy cove that can only be reached on foot or by boat. The cove is home to an abundance of wildlife and offers a quiet spot to relax or explore.
It's best to visit at low tide, when there is plenty of beach to stroll along and rocks to scramble over. If you’re lucky, you might spot seals fishing close to the shore. Look amongst the gorse and scrub and you may find birds like cirl buntings, stone chats and Dartford warblers.
Getting to the cove: Head east from the car park and the cove is about a mile away. The route is steep in places, but you'll be rewarded with great sea views.
Top tips to enjoy your day at Bolberry Down
Bolberry Down is home to a variety of wildlife and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is vital that the surrounding wildlife and environment are disturbed as little as possible.
Please keep dogs on leads and keep to the footpaths to ensure minimal disturbance to the delicate grass species, butterflies and invertebrates on the Down.
You may also see cattle and sheep grazing which are vital in helping us manage and maintain the coastal grassland.
Find out everything you need to know about joining a Parkrun at Bolberry Down, from what to wear, to route details, to where and when to meet.
Learn about Bolberry Down's history, from an Iron Age fort and shipwrecks still submerged beneath the waves to radar stations from the Second World War.
Find out about the measures we have taken in partnership with local farmers and RSPB to help reverse the decline of the cirl bunting, which has recovered from the brink of extinction.
Immerse yourself in centuries past at one of the castles and forts in our care and discover fascinating tales of previous residents.