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Lincombe valley view from the coast path | © National Trust Images/Steve Naylor

Salcombe Views and Valleys Walk

Explore the views of cliffs and valleys at the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site on this trail that follows parts of the famous South West Coast Path. Take a flask of tea and sit on a bench at the Frogstone Steps for a stunning vista. Head through the valley and up to Weston Plats for its 19th-century cliff allotments, which back then rivalled Jersey's early crop of new potatoes.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Salcombe Hill Car Park (National Trust), grid ref: SY148889

Step 1

Start your walk at the Salcombe Hill National Trust Car Park. Take the path past the picnic tables and follow the footpath to the cliff, where you can enjoy fantastic views of Sidmouth, High Peak, Ladram Bay and beyond.

Step 2

Take the path to the left and follow the 'Coast Path Salcombe Mouth ½m' sign through South Combe Farm, which was dedicated as a permanent open space by Oliver Vaughan Cornish in 1937. After enjoying the view at the Frogstone, walk down the Frogstone Steps. At the bottom of the valley, continue past the steps which lead to Salcombe Mouth and follow the 'Coast Path Weston Mouth 2/3m' sign, along the edge of the field and across a small footbridge.

Step 3

After crossing the bridge, follow the South West Coast Path across the field towards Weston Mouth and up the steps follow the coast path round to the right, signposted 'Weston Mouth 1 1/3m'. At the top of the steps, continue to follow the path towards Weston Mouth, signposted ‘Coast Path Weston Mouth 1½m’, across two fields and through a kissing gate to get a fantastic view of Weston Mouth Beach.

Step 4

After admiring the view, continue following the coast path towards Weston Mouth, through a small wood, up some steps and along the coastline. Please take care along this part of the route. After prolonged wet weather, this path can get slippery.

Step 5

Turn right in the next set of woods, signposted ‘Weston Mouth ¼m’, and continue following the coast path beyond Weston Plats. Turn left at the kissing gate at the steps leading down to Weston Mouth Beach, signposted ‘Public Footpath Dunscombe 1/2m’.

Step 6

Head inland and walk across two fields. At the signpost, take the footpath to the right towards Slade House Farm (The Donkey Sanctuary). Continue heading inland through The Donkey Sanctuary’s Field of Dreams and past the nature centre and hermitage woodland hut. As you reach The Donkey Sanctuary’s paddocks, turn left and follow the ‘Public Footpath Salcombe Regis 1½m’ sign, which will lead you into the heart of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Step 7

After exploring The Donkey Sanctuary, leave the main car park (next to Shelter 1) and take the path opposite just to the left signposted ‘Public Footpath Trow ½m, Salcombe Regis 1m’. Continue across two fields. After passing the third kissing gate you will come to a crossroad of footpaths, continue straight over taking the path through the metal gate, which is to the left of a five-bar gate. Turn right through a metal pedestrian gate. Follow the yellow and green public footpath markers through three fields, crossing diagonally through the last field.

Step 8

Turn right at the stile and follow the quiet road down the hill to Salcombe Regis. At the end of the road, by Soldier’s Hill House, turn left and walk down the hill towards Salcombe Regis Church.

Step 9

After visiting the church walk down the hill towards the beach and then take the footpath on the right opposite Springcombe House (signposted ‘Public Footpath South Combe Farm and Coast Path ¾m'). Take the second footpath on the right through the woods (signposted ‘Public Footpath Sidmouth 1½m’ and continue straight ahead towards Salcombe Hill and car park. Continue along this footpath until you reach a dirt road next to a barn. Turn right onto the dirt road and follow this back to the National Trust car park where you began your walk.

End point

Salcombe Hill Car Park (National Trust), grid ref: SY148889

Trail map

Salcombe Hill circular trail walk map
Salcombe Hill circular trail walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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