10 most scenic walks near Salcombe

We have a fantastic range of walks, from challenging hikes with rugged coastal views to leisurely, family-friendly strolls. Each route showcases the natural beauty and unique charm of the Salcombe area.

Salcombe is renowned for its stunning coastal scenery and beautiful countryside. We have created a list of the top 10 best walks in and around Salcombe for you to experience as part of your Gara trip:

Salcombe to Bolt Head

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)

Known for its dramatic coastal scenery, the route starts in Salcombe and then heads west along the South West Coast Path to Bolt Head. You will see panoramic views of the estuary, jagged cliffs, and secluded coves. The walk includes some steep ascents and descents, making it a moderately challenging hike with some fantastic views.

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Salcombe to Gara Rock

Distance: 6 miles (9.7 km)

You do not even need to drive anywhere to complete this walk, as it is on the doorstep of the hotel. This walk takes you along the coast with breathtaking sea views. It passes through the quaint village of East Portlemouth, which includes beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves. Then, it is a short ferry journey to the beautiful town of Salcombe.

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Bolt Head to Soar Mill Cove

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6 km)

A shorter walk that starts at Bolt Head, offering gorgeous coastal views and leading to the secluded Soar Mill Cove. The path is well-marked and provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the rugged coastline and unique rock formations.

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South West Coast Path: Salcombe to Hope Cove

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)

This part of the South West Coast Path is known for its startling views and picturesque villages. The route passes through the charming village of Hope Cove, known for its sandy beaches and historic pubs. This walk combines coastal scenery with cultural heritage and is the perfect romantic coastal walk.

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Salcombe to Prawle Point

Distance: 8 miles (12.9 km)

This route offers some of the most spectacular coastal views in the area. It is a more challenging hike through rugged terrain, but due to its remoteness, it is excellent for spotting local wildlife and tropical sea birds. Prawle Point is a notable spot for bird-watching and enjoying unspoiled natural beauty.

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Snapes Point

Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km)

This circular walk around Snapes Point provides panoramic views over the Salcombe Estuary. It is relatively easy, suitable for families and casual walkers, and offers lovely vistas of the surrounding countryside and waterways. The ideal walk for a fun family day out.

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East Soar to Overbeck's Garden

Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km)

This walk starts at East Soar Farm and ends at Overbeck's Garden, one of the country's most stunning National Trust properties. The gardens are beautifully maintained and offer amazing views of the coastline. The route is moderate, with some steep sections, but it is a fantastic experience.

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South Milton Sands to Thurlestone

Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km)

This family-friendly coastal walk is the perfect stroll. It features stunning coastal views and sandy beaches. Thurlestone Rock, a natural arch in the sea, is a highlight of the walk and a picture-perfect location.

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East Portlemouth to Mill Bay

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)

This is a short, scenic walk with a ferry ride from Salcombe to East Portlemouth. Mill Bay is a peaceful, sandy beach perfect for a relaxing, romantic day out. The walk is easy and is the ideal setting for a secluded beach picnic.

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Salcombe Town Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)

This easy walk explores the charming town of Salcombe. It's a self-guided trail that takes you through the town's history, maritime heritage, and beautiful estuary views. It's perfect for those who want to enjoy a stroll while learning about the local area.

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