Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

A short easy walk out to the tip of Baggy Point and back again, taking in spectacular views of the coastline towards Bideford Bay and Hartland. The South West Coast Path heads out to a viewpoint at Baggy Point (¾ mile each way). The path has been levelled and compacted to make access easier for everyone. From the viewpoint you can either return along the same path, or follow a higher path, which involves a short steep climb and descent. There is a lack of passing places past the junction with the higher path. Sheep are used to help maintain the coastal grassland in optimum condition for flowers and wildlife, and when they are grazing you are asked to keep dogs on leads.

Surveyed by: Allan Ginman, September 2013 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 2.5 km

Public Transport: Regular bus service from Barnstaple to Croyde. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Car Park: National Trust Car Park, Baggy Point. Payment required if you are not a National Trust member (who you need to show their card!)
Steps: No
Barriers: A couple of easy opening one-way gates.
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The National Trust interpretation board in the carpark.

Information The National Trust interpretation board in the carpark.

From the National Trust car park, the Coast
Path runs along a dead-end tarmac road on
a gentle uphill and then downhill slope.

Start From the National Trust car park, the Coast Path runs along a dead-end tarmac road on a gentle uphill and then downhill slope.

 

Path

This is the view looking back towards Croyde.

View This is the view looking back towards Croyde.

The tarmac road continues for several
hundred metres rising very gently.

Path The tarmac road continues for several hundred metres rising very gently.

 

Path

Just before the last house, the Coast Path
leaves the tarmac road to follow a
compacted stone path that has a slightly
loose surface. The camber on this path is
generally about 1:12.

Path Just before the last house, the Coast Path leaves the tarmac road to follow a compacted stone path that has a slightly loose surface. The camber on this path is generally about 1:12.

The remains of the bones of a whale washed up on the beach at Croyde in 1915.

Feature of Interest The remains of the bones of a whale washed up on the beach at Croyde in 1915.

The compacted stone path descends to
cross a shallow valley. For about 10 metres,
the camber across the path is about 1:7.

Path The compacted stone path descends to cross a shallow valley. For about 10 metres, the camber across the path is about 1:7.

 

Path

Up here is a pond.

Feature of Interest Up here is a pond.

On the far side of the stream a one way
opening gate (1.2 metres wide) is across the path to enable the headland to be grazed by sheep. From here the path rises slightly,
before descending again.

Gate On the far side of the stream a one way opening gate (1.2 metres wide) is across the path to enable the headland to be grazed by sheep. From here the path rises slightly, before descending again.

This is National Trust land.

Information This is National Trust land.

When you reach the fingerpost, take a look
at the steep path on the right. This is the path you will have to descend if you choose to return from Baggy Point using the higher
path.

Seat When you reach the fingerpost, take a look at the steep path on the right. This is the path you will have to descend if you choose to return from Baggy Point using the higher path.

 

Path

 

Path

At Pencil Rock, the exposed rock has forced
the path to become narrower and this section is only 80cm wide.

Path At Pencil Rock, the exposed rock has forced the path to become narrower and this section is only 80cm wide.

 

Path

The surface at Pencil Rock.

Surface The surface at Pencil Rock.

Beyond Pencil Rock the path continues to
climb steadily towards Baggy Point.

Path Beyond Pencil Rock the path continues to climb steadily towards Baggy Point.

From the viewpoint at Baggy Point, you can
either return back along the path you came here on, or take the more challenging higher path. The higher path is reached by a steep, but relatively short climb.

Gradient From the viewpoint at Baggy Point, you can either return back along the path you came here on, or take the more challenging higher path. The higher path is reached by a steep, but relatively short climb.

Part way up the slope, the timber boards put in to stop the path’s stone surface from washing away have become exposed, creating two low (50mm) steps.

Step Part way up the slope, the timber boards put in to stop the path’s stone surface from washing away have become exposed, creating two low (50mm) steps.

An easy opening one way gate.

Gate An easy opening one way gate.

Looking back towards Baggy Point

Path Looking back towards Baggy Point

 

Path

 

Seat

 

Path

 

Path

A 5 bar gate to keep the sheep in/out! The gate swings easily and is one-way opening.

Gate A 5 bar gate to keep the sheep in/out! The gate swings easily and is one-way opening.

The track continues to steadily descend back
towards Croyde.

Path The track continues to steadily descend back towards Croyde.

 

Path

The main farm track bears inland (and is
private), and the path continues onwards
descending quite steeply. The surface is a coarse, loose stone.

Path The main farm track bears inland (and is private), and the path continues onwards descending quite steeply. The surface is a coarse, loose stone.

 

Path

 

Seat

 

Path

 

Path

The final section where the higher path drops down steeply to rejoin the Coast Path is, along with the climb up from the viewpoint,
the most difficult on this route. The surface
has loose stones and the path slopes to the
side, as well as steeply down-hill.

Gradient The final section where the higher path drops down steeply to rejoin the Coast Path is, along with the climb up from the viewpoint, the most difficult on this route. The surface has loose stones and the path slopes to the side, as well as steeply down-hill.

Once safely at the bottom, retrace your steps along the Coast Path back to the car park.

Path Once safely at the bottom, retrace your steps along the Coast Path back to the car park.

Looking back up the descent from the high path.

Gradient Looking back up the descent from the high path.

Baggy Point Phototrail

 

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Visitor Centre
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