5 North Devon Walks with Beautiful Views

Written & Curated by Lynsey Taylor, blogger at One More Slice.

While most people venture to Cornwall or South Devon in pursuit of beautiful scenery, I will forever shout loud and proud that North Devon is the place to go for unbeatable landscapes. Having lived in North Devon my whole life (some would say that makes me biased?!), I have explored every nook and cranny that North Devon has to offer and one of my favourite things to do in both summer and winter, is go for a coastal walk along the rugged landscape that makes North Devon so unique. Every inch of coastline is worth exploring, from Hartland to Lynton, so below I am sharing my favourite walks that offer the best views in North Devon.

Hartland

Located right on the western point of North Devon, Hartland is the furthest point away before you cross the border into Cornwall. A small village with quaint cottages and a beautiful abbey, Hartland is far to reach but is worth it for the magnificent coastal views that stretch for miles.

There are a couple of walks that you could do at Hartland, both of which are part of the South West Coastal Path. The longer route, around six miles, takes you from Hartland Quay to Hartland Point and then back again. Alternatively, you could go for a shorter walk of around 4 miles towards Spekes Mill waterfall. Both walks start and end at Hartland Quay, where at the end of the journey you can visit the pub at Hartland Quay Hotel for a well-earned drink!


Bucks Mill

Another lesser known spot for tourists, but popular with locals, is Bucks Mills, a tiny village that opens out to reveal a stunning cliff backdrop and rocky beach. It also has a pretty waterfall that looks magnificent after particularly heavy rainfall.

A visit to Bucks Mills alone is worth it for the views, but if you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can walk the 5 miles to Clovelly through woodlands and coastal path. Clovelly is North Devon’s pride and joy, a historically preserved village that you have to pay to enter. While you may squawk at the £8 entry fee (per adult) into the village, it helps with the running and preservation of the village. Do consider taking a wander around the cobbles all the way down to the harbour where you will be rewarded with ocean views. It is steep on the way back up though, but don’t worry if you are tired you can hop in the landrover that does return trips for visitors throughout the day!


Baggy Point

Next on the list is Baggy Point, a National Trust spot, located in Croyde. Parking is free for National Trust members (or £5 all day) and there is a cute little tea-room located just next to the carpark that does *incredible* home-made cheese scones.

Baggy Point overlooks Croyde Bay, a beach reknowned for fantastic surfing. There are numerous walks for all abilities, but a circular walk all the way to Woolacombe would be the most challenging (10 miles round trip) as well as the most rewarding because Woolacombe is North Devon’s most popular beach.

If a 10 mile walk is a bit ambitious, there is an easy-access route that is good for families just around the headland (about 1 hour round trip). In the summer, there is an abundance of wildlife and if you are lucky, you may even spot a seal!


Mortehoe

Another walk offering the chance to spot seals (and even dolphins!) during the warmer months, is the coastal path towards Morte Point. Starting at the picturesque Mortehoe village, which has stone cottages, village stores selling local produce and an old-fashioned village pub, you begin your 4 mile circular walk toward the dramatic Morte Point.

Over looking Woolacombe beach, this coastal walk has a rugged coastline (responsible for multiple shipwrecks over the centuries), as well as pretty heathland that changes colour throughout the seasons. You will also find plenty of livestock grazing around the hilly ascents, so watch out for plenty of sheep and cows. As you walk along the coast path you will discover plenty of untouched beaches, but the steps down towards them can be quite precarious so proceed with caution.


Valley of the Rocks

Located in Lynton is the magnificent Valley of the Rocks, possibly my favourite walk on this list and the place I make sure to take friends whenever they visit me.

Lynton (and the connecting town of Lynmouth which is worth visiting when in the area!), is the gateway to Exmoor and are the closest North Devon village to border Somerset. Lynton & Lynmouth are both fantastic for a day out (try riding the cliff railway or visiting the nearby Watersmeet!) but a coastal walk to the Valley of the Rocks is a must on any North Devon itinerary.

Begin the 3-mile circular walk at Lynton Cliff Railway Station (alternatively you can start at Valley of the Rocks for a shorter route where there is parking available) and admire the spectacular rock formations and dramatic cliffs. Spot wild goats on the cliff edge throughout the year and in the summer, you may even spot a seal in the distance.