This holiday is based on the northern tip of Devon in the tiny village of Mortehoe, perched above the Atlantic. This area is a hidden gem, away from the hustle and bustle of Barnstable and offering a great variety of walks. The walks will take us mostly along the coast from Ilfracombe around to Woolacombe and Croyde, where the landscape offers us dramatic cliff tops, wooded valleys and long sandy beaches. You can arrive the scenic way by train, using the single-track line from Exeter to Barnstable. A step into the past, it winds its way up to North Devon through tiny hamlets. From there a short taxi ride takes you to Mortehoe.
We will be staying at the recently renovated Smugglers Rest, a delightful and extremely comfortable B&B with an outstanding reputation. We may choose to eat here in the evenings or there are plenty of local eateries nearby (not included).
Itinerary (subject to change)
On the first evening we take a walk around Mortehoe village, maybe walk along towards Woolacombe beach and paddle in the sea before heading to a pub for supper, after which we might catch the sunset over the Atlantic.
Day 1: 8 miles starting at the B&B. We will walk inland across fields and trackways to the pretty village of Lee, known as fuchsia valley, then down to Lee Bay for lunch, this is one of the most attractive little sandy bays in Devon and, if the conditions are right, then swimming could be an option. Our route back will be along the SW coast path with low undulating cliffs and fields and the sea to accompany us all the way back as we take in Morte Point, the most westerly point on this coastline.
Day 2: 8 miles. A taxi will take us to the town of Ilfracombe, at the mouth of the Bristol Channel. Then we will walk back to Mortehoe, firstly along the SW coast path which is unspoilt and remote here, before arriving at Lee village for another chance to paddle in the sea. We then take an inland route back to Mortehoe.
Day 3: 8 miles. A taxi will take us to the tiny hamlet of Pickwell, where we start our walk down to Croyde village. The beach here is popular with surfers due to the Atlantic breakers and the extensive clean sand and huge dunes behind the beach. We will walk around the cliffs of Baggy Point to Woolacombe bay, a 3 mile stretch of clean golden sand; however we will walk back to Mortehoe above the beach where progress will be easier than walking on the sand.
Day 4: 3 miles. We will take a stroll inland from Woolacombe to Potters Hill for far reaching views of the landscape before we head home.
Price includes: 4 nights half board in twin ensuite rooms; transport to walks. Single rooms available if you book early – £20 per night supplement