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Morte Point Meander

  • Mortehoe Station Road, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7ED

Start & Finish:
Out and back from the gorgeous village of Mortehoe.

A beautiful walk in spring, when wildflowers and heather explode in a kaleidoscopic display of colour, this medium-length stroll is brilliant any time of year. It’s a wild wander across coastal heathland that takes you and your hound to Morte Point, an imposing peninsula scenically sandwiched between the village of Mortehoe and the seaside resort of Woolacombe. Once a smugglers' hangout, it now offers walkers and their canine companions a mixture of cliffs, rocky headlands and sandy bays, plus possible dolphin and seal sightings.

Owned by the National Trust, this rocky shard of land has a dark history for seafarers, but happily it's much safer for dog walkers. The name literally means 'death point' – a macabre moniker that reflects its reputation for sinking ships. Start walking from the village car park and, just past the shop, hang a left and follow the Coast Path signs along a lane between The Ship Aground pub (very dog-friendly) and the church. Stick to the National Trust path until you reach Morte Point, where there's a cemetery. Follow the footpath around Morte Point to Bull Point and the lighthouse, passing (or stopping at) the sandy beach at Rockham Bay. At the back of the lighthouse there's a gravel path, which rejoins the coast path and takes you up, and then down to Bennett's Mouth, a lovely rocky bay. Follow the signs back to Mortehoe, keeping the stream on your left.

Length: 6 miles/9.4 kilometres.
Difficulty: Moderate.

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