Your journey begins in Plymouth, the capital and historic hub of maritime Devon with links to the Pilgrim Fathers and many famous names such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin.
Moving onwards, there awaits 73 miles of some of the most gorgeous coastline just waiting to be discovered. With rough dramatic cliff tops and sheltered beaches giving way to lush open fields and sheltered woodland, much of it being the most isolated and rugged part of the south Devon coast and home to many species of wildlife and bird-life, this walk will appeal to many, incorporating glimpses into maritime history, spectacular scenery and an unspoilt tranquillity and rustic charm that this section of the South Devon coast has to offer.
- Wembury is a wildlife magnet; Its soaring cliffs are home to nesting sea birds, while a rocky shore, slate reefs and massive wave-cut rock platforms provide one of the UK's best spots for marine plants and animals.
- Bigbury; one of the focal points is Burgh Island, home to the famous hotel, an art deco building that has been visited by many notable figures such as Edward and Mrs Simpson, Churchill and The Beatles.
- On leaving Bigbury, you will cross the River Avon and continue along a coastline of lower cliffs and sandy beaches with many spectacular views, often described as one of the most beautiful sections on the South West Coast Path.
- Torcross, on the southern end of Slapton Sands is well known as the beach where many lives were lost during rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944 and nearby, is Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, a freshwater lake separated from the sea by the Ley.
Then to Dartmouth, which is nestled in a valley on the River Dart, steeped in Naval History, with her ancient narrow streets housing boutique shops, art galleries & delicatessens.
Finally, arrive in the busy fishing town of Brixham, where life is centred on the steep sided harbour, home to one of the biggest fishing fleets in England where you may relax in one of the many restaurants or pubs prior to your journey home.
This walk has it all; wide sea views, magnificent cliff paths and golden beaches, pebble and shingle coastal bars, ancient woodlands, rich salt marsh and high level floral pastures; villages lost in time along with trendy yachting retreats, ancient harbours and surreal offshore islands, a real pastiche of experiences.
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Recommended dates to walk this route
This walk can be done all year round but the weather in the winter months may make the walk a little more difficult.
There are several rivers to cross on this section of the Coast Path, some of which require a ferry journey. These companies operate on a seasonal basis, generally starting at Easter and finishing in September or October. However, outside these dates the walks are still possible by using local taxis to circumnavigate the rivers.
For those new to walking or those just wishing to ‘stroll and explore’, with a daily mileage of 9 miles (14km) this Plymouth to Brixham itinerary is perfect.
With world class trail walking, this journey of panoramic sea views, magnificent cliff paths and golden beaches, shingle coastal bars and ancient woodlands will appeal to all. The unspoilt tranquility and rugged charm that this section of the South West Coast Path has to offer cannot fail to impress.
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Cross the River Yealm by short ferry journey and the Erme which is tide dependent.
Cross the River Avon by short ferry journey.
Crossing Kingsbridge Estuary by ferry.
The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.
There are several rivers to cross on this section of the Coast Path, some of which require a ferry journey. These companies operate on a seasonal basis generally starting at Easter and finishing in September or October. However, outside these dates the walks are still possible by using local taxis to circumnavigate the rivers.
8 Days / 9 Nights 9 miles daily avg
Number in Group: 2
Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room
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