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The South West Coast Path National Trail
 
The South West Coastal footpath runs through the village of Hope Cove. There is a 6 mile walk from Hope Cove to Salcombe through the dramatic countryside, full of wildlife, including deer. With plenty of bird life to see including oyster catchers, an amber listed sea bird which visits here in the Summer.

Take in the sea views at Bolt Tail (with its Iron Age Fort), where you might just spot a dolphin or a seal. There are great views back down to Inner and Outer Hope and the coastline further south. On a clear day, you can see as far as Cornwall.
Visit the National Trust land of Bolberry Down, where the paths are much easier for people with wheelchairs or buggies. Some of the wildlife you are likely to see include skylarks, ravens and the rare Dartford Warbler and Cirl Buntings hiding in the scrub. Along side the path there's a wealth of wild flowers, which in summer attract many butterflies. You just might spot a few deer standing very close to you. Look for the rows of upright local stone (called mica schist) in the hedge, these are Bronze Age field boundary stones.
 
The Coast path from Bolberry Down descends steeply down to the lovely beach at Soar Mill Cove, known locally as ‘Dartmoor by the Sea’ due to the tor-like rock outcrops that surround the cove.

On your return to the village of Hope Cove why not visit the village has a pub and a restaurant, where you can end the walk with a drink and a bite to eat. Highly recommended is the warming Hot Chocolate at the village Inn.


For more information in the South West Coast Path at Hope Cove and other places along the trail, please visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southwestcoastpath