BAGGY POINT WALK

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Start: Baggy Point National Trust Car Park EX33 1PA
Finish: Baggy Point National Trust Car Park EX33 1PA

Length: 2.7 miles (4.3km)

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Dog friendly

Terrain: Gently sloping around Baggy Point Headland

Wildlife and fauna: ruby red cattle, kestrels, seals, hares, gillimotes, cormorants, pink and white sea thrift and thick gorse to name a few.

Park at the National Trust car park and make a right up the tarmac round. Take care as occasionally cars do use the road. At the fork in the road, take a left (the only dog poo bin on the walk on your left) After a couple of houses, you’ll come across a huge whale bone – the whale was beached at Croyde in 1915.

The start of the walk is lovely and flat and it gives you a chance to absorb the rugged coastline and listen to the sea crashing on the rocks. You may see people coasteering in the waters below.

Dotted around the entire walk are benches so weary legs can be recharged.

Just past a recently restored pond the path drops down to a gate. This gate has a National Trust information sign about the ruby red cattle which graze on the headland. During springtime, birds will be nesting in the grasses so make sure you have your dog lead.

The colours on the headland are stunning all year round, from the the neon yellow gorse flowers, spotted white campion and pink thrift in spring to the golden brown brackens and purple heathers in the autumn.

As the path turns to the right you’ll come across a sign post giving the option of the slow sloping path, or climb the steep stairs. Both routes will end in the same place as it is a circular walk and both are surrounded by outstanding coastal views, which stretch for miles.

Once you reach the top of the headland, soak in the view. On a clear day the view is outstanding – from Hartland over to Lundy, Woolacombe to Mortehoe and sometimes, South Wales. Climb up the old coastguard pole, watch for climbers scaling the sheer rock face, look for the lighthouses on the Hartland and Lundy.Either retrace your steps back down to the car park, or follow the signs to complete the circuit back down to the car park.