Walks in North Devon

North Devon is a must for walkers, we have many areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore.  We are especially blessed here at Putsborough Manor Holiday Cottages as the South West Coastal path runs past the door, several of the walks listed below are within a short walk from our cottages.

Whilst there are many opportunities to get off the beaten track and explore new grounds, there’s also plenty of well known and well loved routes which are perfect to walk, hike, stretch your legs, wander in a daydream, explore, sightsee and discover in North Devon! Many routes are also dog friendly and are perfect for families too.

Plus, due to our position on the coast, the gems of North Devon are right by the sea. So here’s our guide to some of the best North Devon coastal walks – how many of these amazing routes and photo-worthy views have you enjoyed?

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Woolacombe Beach looking towards Putsborough and Baggy Point

We have to start with this one, the classic walk between the beaches of Putsborough and Woolacombe. It’s a simple idea; start from either end and follow the path overlooking the beach. Along the way you take in the sea, sand, surf and views out to Lundy and Morte Point,  – then on the way back take the same route or walk over the beach instead. Whether you’re in Woolacombe, or staying at Putsborough, this is a walk anyone can enjoy.  Putsborough and Woolacombe beach are dog friendly all year (restrictions apply in places).





This walk can be commenced from the door of your cottage, just walk across our field and across the lane, the path starts there.  Walk the Coastal Path on National Trust land around the coast to Croyde. This walk includes an easier route and a steeper path for an alternative route back. It’s a great walk for taking in amazing, panoramic views of the coastline towards Bideford and Hartland, and on a clear day you can see the coastline of Wales as well as Lundy Island and the beautiful golden beaches of Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton. Children will love discovering the secrets along the way and everyone will enjoy the rocks and cliffs – a true, North Devon experience.



putsborough beach

A walk on the pathways of Morte Point will give you the chance to enjoy a dramatic and rocky coastline with sweeping views.  You can tag this on to the walk from Putsborough to Woolacombe if you are a keen walker (approx 6 miles each way) and stop at Woolacombe for lunch or dinner or you can commence from Mortehoe village carpark and look out for the sign ‘coastal path’ and have a picnic on the point or visit one of the two lovely pubs in Mortehoe.




Braunton Burrows sand dunes at Saunton near Braunton on the North Devon coast, England, United Kingdom.

If you want to get away from the crowed beaches of Croyde or Woolacombe in the summer this is the place for you! Drive to Velator from Braunton, you’ll find carparks where the Burrows meet the estuary. From there it’s up to you, as there are no set paths, instead you can simply wonder. Drop down onto the beach and follow the water to the wrecked boat and Crow Point – with views of Instow, Westward Ho!, and Appledore – and then head towards the sea onto the far end of Saunton Sands. With the Burrows behind you, there’s plenty of dunes to be explored too.



If you fancy a woodland walk alongside a river as it makes its way to the sea and then discover Heddon’s Mouth (a pebbly beach with an ancient lime kiln) then take a drive to Heddon Valley   On the edge of Exmoor the drive to Heddon Valley is worth the trip, as you drive into the valley you will discover a beautiful landscape of ancient lichen covered trees and fern forests that harken back to prehistoric times. Park near The Hunters Inn  and find the start of a beautiful walk through the woods alongside the River Heddon to where it meets the sea. These are some of England’s highest sea cliffs, framing an amazing view out to sea. Ideal.

Putsborough Garden Cottage – The perfect venue for a family beach holiday 5*

Spacious, well appointed, clean and with every convenience to feel at home. The gardens are fabulous with peace and tranquility all around and the proximity to the wonderful dog friendly Putsborough beach is the icing on the cake. We have now been to the Garden Cottage three years running, to our grand children it is “The Seaside House”.

A little piece of heaven” 5 of 5 stars

We had a wonderful time in the amazing Putsborough Garden Cottage in beautiful Putsborough. The cottage was the best holiday home that we have ever stayed in. The interior and amenities of the cottage and gardens were exceptional. The walk through the field to the beach was one of the highlights of the holiday.
It was also such a delight to have met the lovely owners of the property. We will be back!!

Fantastic property, gorgeous garden, great location” 5 of 5 stars

Just returned from Putsborough Garden Cottage where we spent a lovely relaxing week. The property was lovely and had everything we could possibly need and more. We had lovely weather so we’re able to spend afternoons relaxing on the sun loungers in the beautiful garden when we weren’t on Putsborough beach or visiting the local villages and towns. We have been to a few properties in the Croyde area but this really was the best and we were also able to brush up on our tennis skills. We would not hesitate to recommend this property and look forward to returning.

Putsborough Manor Barn – A Bona Fide Winner! 5 Stars!

We stayed in Putsborough Manor Barn with our dog for a long weekend in November. It is a perfect little place to get away, go for windswept walks on the beautiful nearby beach, sit back and relax and venture out to some of the area’s fine drinking/eating establishments. The cottage is fantastically presented with everything you need and feels like home straightaway. Indeed, you feel like you are missing out when you are not spending time there! In a very convenient location, we don’t have a bad word to say about it. Well worth a stay and definitely requires a re-visit. Spot on!!

Another fantastic holiday at Garden Cottage 5*

Another fantastic holiday at Garden Cottage 5*

Came back for the second year running, and just as lovely as last year. The cottage is of a very high standard and a beautiful location. We took our elderly parents who both use wheel chairs and there was plenty of room to get them about. The dogs loved the walks and the beach is one of the best I have ever seen.

Thanks to the owners, they are available if you need them, but you do feel very private and can be left alone if you want.I have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to anyone that is thinking of booking.

Putsborough Garden Cottage (sleeps 8)

Putsborough Garden Cottage (sleeps 8)

devon_tourism_bronze_2016Putsborough Garden Cottage Trip Advisor Award WinnerOur beautiful award winning Garden Cottage boasts an eco friendly air source heating system providing underfloor heating and eco hot water. Our location is excellent; 400m from Putsborough beach and surrounded by your very own fantastic walled garden. Footpath to the highly acclaimed blue flag beach of Putsborough/Woolacombe and use of the private tennis court.

A vaulted entrance hall leads to a spacious vaulted open plan kitchen dining and lounge with large folding patio door onto the sunny dining patio with gas BBQ, outdoor shower.  A large picture window overlooks the private and peaceful garden with views west towards the coast and the setting sun.  Steps from the patio lead to a sun terrace with sun loungers and then on to the rest of the garden.

Off the hall is the utility room where you will find a washer/dryer, clothes airer, board and iron etc and plenty of storage.  Two steps down from the hall leads to 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. One bedroom has a kingsize bed and ensuite shower room, with large shower, basin, WC and heated towel rail. The other bedroom has a comfy super kingsize bed.  Both rooms have a dressing table and chair. wardrobe and mirror. All bedrooms have TV’s. The main bathroom has a spa whirlpool bath, large corner shower, oak sink unit, WC and heated towel rail.

From the hall an oak staircase goes up to the first floor ensuite family bedroom. This room sleeps 4 and holds a double bed and 2 singles (some restricted head height over the singles), there is a walk in wardrobe and an ensuite shower room with WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. 

The cottage is located in the beautiful walled garden, originally the kitchen garden of the Manor. The garden is approximately an acre and is a pleasure to behold, there are many specimen plants and trees, an amazing apple arbour, and lots of little paths meandering through the garden. On a sunny day you can enjoy a barbeque, relax in the garden and watch the sun go down towards the beach. There are sun loungers and an outdoor shower. There is a private tennis court for the use of our guests.


Eco Underfloor Heating, Eco Hot Water, Double Glazed, Spa Bath, 3 Parking Spaces.

Full SKY package 42″ TV, DVD player, surround sound in lounge, IPOD/IPAD docking station, free Wifi, TV’s in bedrooms.

Siemens Induction Hob and Extractor, Siemens multi function cooker, Siemens Combination Microwave, Integrated Fridge, Integrated Freezer, Integrated Dish washer, Washing Machine/Dryer, Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Iron Board, Hairdryers (2)

3 Bedrooms, 2 with ensuite shower rooms and heated towel rails, 1 family bathroom with spa bath, power showers (3). Large Entrance Hall, Utility Room, Very Spacious Lounge/Kitchen/Dining Area with table and seating for 8.

Single beds (2), Double beds (1) , Super King (1), Kingsize (1) Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8, Highchair available. Sleeps maximum of 8 plus travel cot (bring your own linen). Bed, Towels and Kitchen Linen included.

Tennis court on site, Private large garden, patio and sun terrace with 4 loungers. Outdoor dining area with table and chairs for 8, Gas BBQ, Outdoor shower, Storage Area (uncovered). Bicycles available to hire locally.


Putsborough Garden Cottage
2017 Prices Per Week 8 Persons

5th January 2018 9th February 2018 800
14th February 2018 23rd February 2018 1095
23rd February 2018 23rd March 2018 900
23rd March 2018 30th March 2018 1175
30th March 2018 13th April 2018 1395
13th April 2018 4th May 2018 995
4th May 2018 25th May 2018 1375
25th May 2018 1st June 2018 1895
1st June 2018 15th June 2018 1525
15th June 2018 29th June 2018 1695
29th June 2018 13th July 2018 1975
13th July 2018 31st August 2018 2500
31st August 7th September 1995
7th September 14th September 1700
14th September 21st September 1495
21st September 28th September 1395
28th September 5th October 1275
5th October 19th October 1200
19th October 2nd November 1495
2nd November 14th December 900
14th December 21st December 950
21st December 28th December 1550
28th December 4th January 1695

NB: Prices may be subject to change at the owner’s discretion. All Prices are per week and include heating, hot water, towels, kitchen and bed linen. Dogs are welcome (terms apply) at a small charge of £35 each. A damage/security deposit will be payable.

Long weekends and mid week short breaks are available – please call for further details and pricing. Weeks run from Friday to Friday, weekend breaks are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Christmas and New Year flexible start options available to first guest to book.

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