Devon is home to some of the most picturesque rambling spots in the country.
With miles of well kept footpaths and tracks to follow, there are loads of options for beginners and experienced ramblers alike.
Although you might be tempted to venture off into the wilds of Dartmoor to get a truly outdoors experience, whilst Summer’s still a couple of months away it might be better to start with something a little more modest. Make it easier for yourself by ensuring there’s a pub or tearoom on your route; this simple circular path around Hope Cove covers all the bases.
During the heady days of the seventeenth century, the small seaside settlements in the Torbay area were crucial docking points for military vessels as well as trading ships. By the nineteenth century, a dozen boats could be docked at Hope Cove at any one time. Today the village isn’t quite the hub of sea-activity it once was, but plenty of visitors come to enjoy this relaxing coastal walk and eat at the wonderful beach-side pub.
Hope Cove, Bolt Tail & Bolberry Down
This circuit comes in just under 5 miles, takes in a long section of Devon’s sublime South coast and has a lovely pub conveniently placed at the end of the route. Some footpaths might be uneven or muddy in wet weather—there are also some gentle ascents and descents throughout.
You’ll begin and finish at the small car park in Outer Hope (TQ7 3HJ), a tiny thatched village perched just in from the coast. Taking a left out of the car park, follow the lane past the The Hope and Anchor Inn and head towards Hope Cove.
Once you hit Hope Cove, find the South West Coast Path by the slipway. Follow the path up to the headland.
You’ll soon find yourself up on a coastal path looking out over the sea. You can either stick to the path here or take a little detour over to check out the prehistoric fort on the tip of Bolt Tail.
After you’ve had a nose around this little area, you can head back onto the Coast Path and keep skirting along the coast. Stick to this path and ignore others leading back to Hope Cove.
When you see your Coastal path join a lane, take a left onto it and keep on until the junction. Once you’re over the cattle grid, keep on straight until you hit the T-junction at Bolberry, take a left here.
Fork right when you reach the fingerpost by a barn, then drop downhill before climbing up to a sharp right.
Take a left onto ‘Sweethearts Lane’, then another left following that – this should take you onto a footpath that is signposted for Galmpton. Ramble along here until you reach a left turn at the top of the hill.