Walk Brownsham & Clovelly Trail
The walk starts from the National Trust car park at the hamlet of Brownsham To get there, turn north off the A39 Bideford to Kilhampton road on to the B3248 to Hartland. After a mile, turn right following the signs to Brownsham.
Leave the car park on to the road and turn left. Walk down the road and take the bridleway on the right following the direction Mouthmill I mile. At a fork, where the right hand fork is gated, keep left. Follow the clear stony track down the hill ignoring any turns off, until you reach another fork. The left fork goes to Mouthmill Bay but go right following the public bridleway sign.
At another junction a few yards further on, turn left, following the public bridleway sign. After about 100 yards, fork right.
At a gate, the track goes straight on - there is a blue public bridleway arrow. Go through another gate and the route crosses the middle of an open field. Follow this to the far right hand corner where the track follows the line of the trees.
As the track descends to Court Farm, you start to get views of Clovelly Bay to the left. The track passes between the farmhouse on the left and the lovely thatched Dairy Cottage on the right before becoming a tarmac road. Stay on this, ignoring any minor turns off and when it forks at a bend, go right and exit into the road through the impressive estate gates. Follow the road down towards Clovelly.
You will arrive at a fork, the right leg being signed "All vehicles for Clovelly". Follow the coastal path through a large wooden gate. Keep right at two forks in the path, following the coastal path, going through a kissing gate and passing a stone shelter.
Stay on the coast path ignoring a footpath to the church. You soon come to an unusual shelter called the Angels Wings with carved wooden supports, built in 1826 (restored 1934).
At the junction with a broad track, keep right following the coastal path and shortly afterwards, the path opens on to open land with good views along the coast, inland across rolling countryside and of Lundy Island.
The coastal path turns left and then immediately right but here there is also a permissive path to a viewpoint for Blackchurch Rock which is worth a diversion. Returning to the coastal path, follow it to Mouthmill Bay where you descend to the stream. The footpath climbs at the other side but before continuing, it is worth crossing the pebble beach for another view of Blackchurch Rock. There is an old limekiln at this beach.
Just past the limekiln and after passing another old building, the coastal path is on the right. Enter the National Trust land of Brownsham, turn right along the field. Climb some wooden steps and go through a walkers' gate. Follow the path in the direction of the sign Windbury Point 1¼ miles, round the field with the hedge on the right.
At the end of the field through a walkers' gate go left - Brownsham ½ Mile. Cross another stile and go across two fields before another stile leads you down a narrow footpath. Descend through the trees and take the left path to Brownsham, where you will be back at the Car Park which takes you back to your starting point.
Cicular - Moderate
Up to one day
ContactSouth West Coast Path
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VenueWalk Brownsham & Clovelly Trail
Brownsham & Clovelly Trail, EX39 5TA
Map reference: SS 287253 Lat: 51.00218 Long: -4.44142