A walkers paradise with some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK
Sandy Cove is set on the South West coast path, is set on a site of Special Scientific Interest and is a base of plenty amazing walks with breath-taking coastal views. We’re on the gateway to Exmoor and have many custom circular walks written especially for us by the Exmoor National Park Rangers and which are all around the Hotel (don’t forget to ask us about them when you stay with us). As a special bonus, the famous Tarka Trail also passes through Combe Martin.
Here are just a few of the many great walks in the area:
THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beautiful view, or for a challenge like no other in hiking the South West Coast Path has a wealth of different walks. The heritage, wildlife, geology & scenery along the way are truly inspirational.
THE NORTH DEVON COAST
The North Devon coast boasts many amazing walks with spectacular scenery such as Lymonth to Combe Martin, Ilfracombe to Woolacombe & from Sandy Cove to Ilfracombe.
VALLEY OF THE ROCKS
Spectacular rocks, woodland walks, tree-clad headlands with a secluded bay and a Victorian folly and heathland high above the Valley of the Rocks, with wonderful views over a dramatic landscape. If you choose a clear day you will see fantastic views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. You may see some of the goats that live in the valley.
A gentle stroll through ancient woodland alongside the River Heddon, to where it meets the sea between some of England’s highest cliffs. Designated a Site of Scientific Interest the Heddon Valley is home to a variety of wildlife including otters and the rare high brown fritillary butterfly.
This is an interesting and varied National Trust trail at Watersmeeet with beautiful scenery and wildlife. A series of super trails through 200 acres of river gorge and woodland. There is an abundance of wildlife to look out for including otters, red deer & buzzards.
LYNMOUTH CIRCULAR WALK VIA COUNTISBURY
This is a lovely and varied walk that takes in some of the best scenery this part of Exmoor has to offer. The picturesque harbour town of Lynmouth provides an opportunity to explore the Glen Lyn Gorge.
Inspired by Henry Williamson’s novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ which was based on real places, this 163 mile recreation follows Tarka’s journeys in a figure of eight, through the northern part of the county, designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The trail takes you through an ever-changing variety of wonderful Devon scenery, wooded river valleys, rugged moorland & dramatic coast. It is one of the country's longest, continuous, traffic-free walking and cycling paths, running just over 30 miles from Braunton to Meeth.