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BlogMonday 19th October 2020
Baggy Point Walk, Croyde Bay
- Easy Walk, lower coastal path, 2 miles allow for an hour.
- Moderate Walk, circular route via Middleborough Hill, 2.5 miles allow for 1 hour 30 mins.
Though the temperatures are cooling the autumnal light across the North Devon coastline is something not to be missed when visiting the area. The Baggy Point walk is ideal for those who’d like a relaxing stroll, including families with younger children. As well as those with a keen eye for future adventures. During this walk there are plenty of benches to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. Accessibility is good with a large proportion of the coast path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Walking to Baggy Point
Baggy Point is a stunning headland that separates Croyde Bay and Putsborough Sands along to Woolacombe. Along the rugged coastline the walk encounters some interesting geological features along with an abundance of birdlife. There’s even a whale bone to spot along the way!
Both walks start from Baggy Point National Trust car park (free to members), toilets can also be found here. The coastal path is clearly signposted and takes you directly along the headland parallel to the sea.
Enroute to Baggy point you can spot gullies at low-tide, ideal for fishing along with sheer cliffs that are sought by thrill-seeking rock climbers. Occasionally there are groups out for coasteering adventures, where you can watch them scale the rocks and launch into the sea.
Those who are not afraid of heights can tentatively walk right to the end of the headland itself. Alternatively, simply find a bench and take in the extensive views across to Westward Ho, Clovelly, Hartland (look left) and Woolacombe, Morte Point (look right).
The return journey
For your return journey you can choose to either leisurely return along the same lower coastal path or for a more challenging route take a right turn at the headland. Here you climb the steep steps up the hill, bearing left and continue along the coastline passing an old white coastguard lookout. You will soon be rewarded with far reaching vistas of Woolacombe’s award winning 3-mile beach. Filled with the added excitement of thoughts of the many places to explore in North Devon.
Continue along the coast path until you reach the sign-post that indicates a right turn inland to Middleborough Hill. From here, head back to the car park.
After your steady climb to the top of Middleborough Hill take the time to find the perfect bench and embrace the views of Croyde bay. Watch enthusiastic surfers endlessly trying to catch the ultimate wave.
Time for afternoon tea?
On your return to the car park you will be delighted to know that you can visit Sandleigh Tea Rooms a delightful National Trust café in idyllic walled gardens.
At this time of social distancing please be patient and allow others to safely pass when walking the coast path. We hope you enjoy the Baggy Point walk as much as we do! If you’re looking for more ideas see our blog for the best walks in North Devon.
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