Woolacombe to Braunton
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The steep climbs have now finished as you walk along fine sandy beaches en route to the largest sand dune nature reserve in the country.
This tantalising section, which is also part of the Tarka Trail, is renowned for its abundance of wildlife and geological interest.
The cliff line is largely unfenced across the entire SWCP trail. Be sure to keep away from the edge, stay out of fenced-off areas, and take extra caution when there is a steep slope beside the path. Be vigilant also of walkers, walking in the opposite direction.
Please take care while walking along the coastal path as some sections can be narrow and may have exposed cliff-edge walking. If any erosion has taken place a diversion will have been put in place so please follow these diversion details and signs where necessary.
There may be sections of roads with no pavement. Walk on the right-hand side facing the oncoming traffic.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.
The paths can be rocky in places; take care as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
For any river crossing - there are always normally stepping stones or an obvious way to cross - be careful when crossing as it can be very slippery.
*** The South West Coast Path is generally well-waymarked but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks (using the blue dot) in the Macs Adventure smartphone app. Using this alongside your included guidebook will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day. The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***
Sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing items, and a waterproof/wind-break layer may all be required. The weather in the south is usually better than the rest of the UK and temperatures can sore, especially in the summer months. Make sure to check the weather before you go to see if you need suncream or a waterproof layer, as the weather can change quickly.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it could be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Take plenty of water for the day's walk - especially if a high temperature in the summer.
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