GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Northam Burrows Country Park

5 miles (7.5 km)

Explore over 600 acres of grassy coastal plain, salt marsh, sand dunes and grasslands in this coastal country park in Devon. The park overlooks the beautiful Taw Torridge Estuary within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
At the northern end of Westward Ho! beach is theNortham Burrows Centre. The centre has a wealth of information about the park and also runs family activities during the summer months.
The South West Coast Path runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the beautiful Devon coast in either direction. The park is located just north of Bideford between Westward Ho and Appledore. You can reach the park easily from the village along the coast path. See the circular Appledore Walk for more details.
Our Bideford Circular Walk also runs close to the park and is a good way of reaching the park from Bideford or for extending your exercise.

Northam Burrows Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Northam Burrows Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

From nearby Bideford you can catch a boat to the beautiful Lundy Island. The island is owned by the National Trust and has some splendid coastal walking trails. It's also a nature reserve with lots of wildlife to see, including the famous Lundy puffins.
Just to the south of nearby Barnstaple you can enjoy a climb to the viewpoint on Codden Hill from the village of Bishop's Tawton. Here you'll find the monument to Caroline Thorpe, wife of local MPJeremy Thorpe who became embroiled in the Thorpe scandal of the 1970s. There's also some splendid views over the area and waterside trails along the pretty Venn Stream to enjoy.
If you follow the Tarka Trail south from Bideford it will take you to nearby Great Torrington. The historic town is well worth a visit with a number of listed buildings, riverside trails and a splendid viewpoint on Castle Hill to enjoy.

Photos

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Northam Burrows A large spit jutting out north at the entrance to the Torridge/Taw estuary. This is access land sharing with the Royal North Devon Golf Club.

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Rough coastal grassland grazed by horses.

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Coastline at Northam Burrows Dunes back a shingle and sand beach by the Torridge estuary.

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The beach at Northam Burrows

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Dunes of Grey Sand Hill. Appledore Hill can be seen in the distance.

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Torridge , Northam Burrows

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View across Skern

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Dog walkers on one of the footpaths

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Northam Burrows Country Park.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Northam Burrows Country Park.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)