Skip to content
Red Devon Cows at sunset in the Woolacombe Dunes
Red Devon Cows at sunset in the Woolacombe Dunes | © National Trust/Mark Johnson

Potters Hill and Woolacombe Down walk

A walk up Potters Hill and beyond will reward you with stunning views across the bay towards Baggy Point and Morte Point. It's just a stone's throw from the beach, but you'll feel like a million miles away from the crowds. For a short burst of activity you can take the shorter hike up to the mini-mountain of Potters Hill, or take a longer hike from Potters Hill across Woolacombe Down, returning through the dunes.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Marine Drive car park hut, grid ref SS458433

Step 1

From the beginning of Marine Drive car park, walk up the grassy bank and through a field gate and follow the footpath uphill, signed by a finger post saying Public Footpath.

Step 2

Continue up the hill as the path winds its way around Potters Hill. Bear left at the first waymark you reach. When you reach the second waymark, either follow the route to the left onto Potters Hill or, if continuing on up to Woolacombe Down, head straight on.

Step 3

At the top of Potters Hill retrace your steps back to Marine Drive for the shorter walk or, if continuing on to Woolacombe Down, go to step 4.

Step 4

Go through the bridlegate and follow the track up and over Woolacombe Down, passing a bench with fantastic views over to Baggy Point and Hartland. Continue along this track until you reach another field gate. Go through the gate and head downhill.

Step 5

Take the footpath to the right, waymarked to Marine Drive. When you reach Marine Drive go left for 20 metres then take the footpath down into the dunes on your right.

Step 6

When you reach the dunes follow the South West Coast Path signs to the right. Where the path forks, take the right-hand fork, which will take you through the dunes and back to your starting point at the beginning of Marine Drive.

End point

Marine Drive car park hut, grid ref SS458433

Trail map

Map route for Potters Hill and Woolacombe Down walk
Map route for Potters Hill and Woolacombe Down walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

Visitors and a dog on the 'stegosaurus' rocks at Morte Point, North Devon

Morte Point walk: seals and smugglers 

Take in the dramatic views of Woolacombe beach and Baggy Point, and see if you can spot an Atlantic grey seal near the rocky outcrop of Morte Point on this fun trail.

DistanceMiles: 2.2 (km: 3.52)
Once a popular Victorian seaside destination, the view of the Torrs at Ilfracombe is captured in watercolour

Walk the Ilfracombe Torrs 

Ascend the Torrs at Ilfracombe on this exhilarating walking trail, where you'll follow a path carved into the cliff face by the Victorians.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6) to miles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Visitors walking on the coastal path at Woolacombe, Devon, with the beach behind them.

Woolacombe beach walk 

This gentle circular wander takes you through the sand dunes and along the beach at Woolacombe, plus a stretch of the South West Coast Path.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
Combesgate beach with Woolacombe beach in the distance seen from Mortehoe, Devon

A short circular walk at Woolacombe via Combesgate 

Explore the seafront and natural valley at Woolacombe on this easy 3-mile circular walk that is also suitable for access Trampers. Escape the crowds and enjoy shady woodland and panoramic views across the bay for a very different experience of Woolacombe that the whole family will enjoy.

DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)

Get in touch

Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7DL (Tourist Information)

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

Visitors with a dog walking through the woodland in the summer

Walking in Devon 

From rugged coastline with captivating views to gentle woodland strolls, these are some of the best walks in Devon this winter.

Two people, one a wheelchair user, on a coastal path on a sunny day

Top coastal walks 

Explore some of the UK's most famous natural landmarks on a coastal walk. With a variety of walking trails offering clifftop views, golden sands and local wildlife, there's a walk for everyone.

Surfer at Woolacombe on a cloudy day

Things to see and do at Woolacombe 

From its ideal surfing conditions to its array of rock pools, Woolacombe remains one of North Devon’s best-loved beaches. Find out more about what you can see and do here.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.