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A National Trust ranger van parked at Man Sand beach
The countryside rangers taking care of Man Sands | © National Trust / Tim Bumby

Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

A stroll down Woodhuish Lane to Man Sands Beach takes in the wetland area at Man Sands, which is a haven for birds. For a circular route you can follow the South West Coast Path to Scabbacombe Beach and finish off back at Woodhuish, a Victorian working farm complete with restored cider press.

Total steps: 4

Total steps: 4

Start point

Woodhuish Farm, grid reference SX913530

Step 1

Follow the path from the car park down Woodhuish Lane to Man Sands. Along this route you will pass a bird hide, which is the perfect place to stop and look out over Man Sands wetland area.

The wetland and Man Sands beach
The wetland at Man Sands is a great place to birdwatch | © National Trust / Christine Mason

Step 2

From Man Sands Beach, strike out on the coast path heading right, following signposts to Scabbacombe Beach (approximately 1.5 miles). Enjoy the spectacular views and note Staddon Shales and Meadfoot Slates rocks, which regularly 'slump' onto the beach.

Dartmoor ponies on the South West Coast Path near Coleton Fishacre
You may see the Dartmoor ponies grazing along the South West Coast Path | © National Trust / Tim Bumby

Step 3

From Scabbacobe Beach head inland, following signs for Scabbacombe car park. This secluded beach is a popular spot with nudist bathers and dog walkers. Take care if swimming here as the currents are strong – don't use inflatables.

Step 4

Head back down Woodhuish Lane until you reach Woodhuish Farm, which completes your circular walk.

End point

Woodhuish Farm, grid reference SX913530

Trail map

Map of the Woodhuish circular walk
Map of the Woodhuish circular walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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