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Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe

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 Another ferry crossing awaits shortly after you leave Bigburg-on-Sea today. Ahead is one of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path. 

 

moderate
Distance 21.4 km
6:30 h
443 m
456 m

Cross the River Avon by ferry (seasonal) to Bantham this morning. Passing through part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a fairly easy walk takes you past Thurlestone to the picturesque coastal sanctuary of Hope Cove. The section through to Bolt Tail and Bolt Head and on to Salcombe is thought to be one of the most scenic on the entire South West Coast Path offering spectacular views back along the Devon Coast.

Alternative route - the alternative walking route around the Avon Estuary is well way marked. This is an additional distance of 9 miles/14.5km.

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Callum Broad
Update: November 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
117 m
Lowest point
1 m
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Tips and hints

This route is used in the following itineraries:

WES(SWCP)PTB

Start

Bigbury-on-Sea (20 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SX 65091 44302
DD
50.283229, -3.894942
DMS
50°16'59.6"N 3°53'41.8"W
UTM
30U 436240 5570505
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Destination

Salcombe

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
SX 65091 44302
DD
50.283229, -3.894942
DMS
50°16'59.6"N 3°53'41.8"W
UTM
30U 436240 5570505
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.4 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
443 m
Descent
456 m
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