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View from Snapes Point, Devon
View of the Kingsbridge Estuary from Snapes Point | © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Walk to Snapes Point

Enjoy a short walk through the South Hams countryside, between fields teeming with wildlife, until you arrive at Snapes Point, which offers panoramic views of Salcombe and the Kingsbridge Estuary.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Snapes Point National Trust car park. Grid ref: SX738403

Step 1

Pass through the small gate at the back of the Snapes Point National Trust car park, onto a wide track that heads downhill towards the estuary and the town of Salcombe. The route you're following is an old carriageway, built in 1800 for the now abandoned Salcombe to Kingsbridge Railway.

Step 2

Continue along this high-hedged footpath, ignoring the other footpaths signposted to the left and right. The hedges and surrounding farmland are managed under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which supports the wildlife that inhabit this area – in particular farmland birds such as the cirl bunting.

Step 3

As the track runs along the edge of Batson Creek, take in the impressive views of Salcombe.

Step 4

Eventually, you'll reach a stone flight of steps on your left. Take the short climb up and go through the gate, where you'll find a bench. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the estuary, from its head at Kingsbridge right around to its mouth beyond Salcombe.

Step 5

Now retrace your steps, walking back along the track and up to the car park.

End point

Snapes Point National Trust car park. Grid ref: SX738403

Trail map

Map of the walk to Snapes Point, Devon
Map of the walk to Snapes Point | © Crown copyright and database rights 2011 Ordnance Survey

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