Salcombe to Bolt Head: The Salcombe to Bolt Head walk is a popular 2.75 mile (4.5 km) coastal walk in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It starts at South Sands in Salcombe and follows the South West Coast Path to Bolt Head, a dramatic headland with stunning views of the coastline.
The walk is mostly on footpaths, but there is some road walking at the beginning and end. The terrain is varied, with some steep sections, so it is recommended for walkers of moderate fitness and adequate footwear. Along the route, you will pass through Collaton Wood, a beautiful woodland area with a variety of trees and plants. You will also see some interesting rock formations, including The Rags, a group of jagged rocks that jut out into the sea.
The highlight of the walk is the views from Bolt Head. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the Lizard Point in Cornwall.
The walk takes about 2 hours to complete, but you may want to allow more time if you want to stop and take in the views. It is also a good idea to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.
East Portlemouth to Gara Rock: For another one of the fantastic walks near Salcombe, take a short ferry ride from Salcombe to East Portlemouth and then follow the South West Coast Path to Gara Rock. This walk offers stunning vistas of the Salcombe Estuary and the coastline, covering a distance of 3.75 miles (6.3 km).
The walk starts at East Portlemouth Beach and follows the South West Coast Path along the Salcombe Estuary. You will pass by the ruins of Fort Charles, a 17th-century fort that was built to defend the estuary from attack. The path then climbs up to Gara Rock, a dramatic headland with stunning views of the estuary and the sea beyond. You can also see the islands of Burgh Island and Steep Holm from here! A true sight to behold.
The walk is mostly on footpaths, but there is some road walking at the beginning and end. The terrain is varied, with some uneven and rocky sections, so it is recommended for walkers of moderate fitness.