Bucks Mills to Clovelly Walk
This walk follows the coastal path from Bucks Mills to Clovelly in North Devon. On the way you'll enjoy nice woodland trails through the Bucks and Keivells Nature Reserve and enjoy lovely views of Barnstaple Bay. The route runs fors just over 4 miles on an undulating path, with some climbs on the way.
The walk starts from the Bucks Mills Reserve car park where you can pick up footpaths heading north to join the South West Coast Path. There's a stream that runs through the village and falls over the cliff edge in a waterfall onto the beach which has large pebbles and hard sandstone formations.
From the coast path the route then heads west past the Bideford Bay Holiday Village and Barton Wood. You'll walk along the Hobby Drive which is a nice peaceful woodland trail which leads you all the way to Clovelly. Here you will find a lovely harbour, a steep pedestrianised cobbled main street and fine views over the Bristol Channel. The village is also known for its donkeys, giving rides to visitors’ children during the summer months and posing for photographs in the street.
To continue your walking from Bucks Mills you could follow the coast path east to Westward Ho and Northam Burrows Country Park. The park includes fine views over the estuary of the River Torridge with 600 acres of grassy coastal plain, salt marsh, sand dunes and grasslands. If you were to head west you would come to Hartland Point.
Buck Mills to Clovelly Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Buck Mills to Clovelly Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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Buck Mills to Clovelly Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Buck Mills to Clovelly Walk Pubs/Cafes
Head to the Cottage Team Rooms in Clovelly for some refreshments at the end of your walk. This delightful village tea shop is full of period charm. Outside, the sunny sheltered courtyard offers you spectacular views across Bideford Bay and the garden overflows with colourful cottage flowers and exotics. You can find the tea rooms on the High St with a postcode of EX39 5TE for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Clovelly we recommend a visit to the donkey stables and Clovelly pottery. They are situated next to each other in the Lower Yard Workshops just below Clovelly Visitor Centre, before you walk down the famous cobbled street of the village. The pottery offers an extensive range of his quality, beautifully glazed hand-thrown pots. The workshop also offers a choice of ceramics from several West County potters.
Just to the east of Buck's Mills you will find Peppercombe Castle. Here you will find an Iron Age Hillfort and the small stream of Peppercombe Water which is a little over a kilometre long, but its valley is relatively deep. It ends in a waterfall consisting in a series of cascades, each between 0.5 and 1.5 metres high, that have formed due to the unequal hardness of the different beds of the underlying rock. The area is also geologically significant, with distinctive red cliffs that extend for about 2 km inland.