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 coastal Walks in North Devon.  How many of these amazing routes and photo-worthy views have you enjoyed?

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Putsborough Holiday Cottages
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). 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 Holiday Cottage

Putsborough Garden Holiday Cottage

Perfect for a family holiday 5* Review Score – Putsborough Garden Holiday Cottage

Spacious, well appointed, clean and providing every convenience to help you feel at home. The gardens are fabulous with peace and tranquility all around. The proximity to the wonderful dog friendly Putsborough beach is the icing on the cake. In conclusion we have now stayed at the Putsborough Garden Holiday Cottage three years running, and 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. I 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. Would not hesitate to recommend this property and look forward to returning.

Events – Croyde 2016 inc Oceanfest

Happening Events Croyde ( Goldcoast Oceanfest ) this summer!  Come and stay in one of our beautiful self contained cottages and enjoy …


Oceanfest 17 – 19 June 2016

Goldcoast Oceanfest held next to the beach in Croyde on midsummer weekend. It is all about good times, great music, keeping fit and looking after the environment. With competitions on the beach during the day and some great music from both local acts and headliners from afar.  Its a fun event for all the family. Musical acts include DJ Fresh, Reverend and the Makers, Sunset Sons and KT Tunstall plus many more.



The North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon has quickly established itself as one of the most challenging and visually stunning events in the UK. As in previous years, places are expected to sell out months in advance. The coastal route is tough, which is part of the appeal, and the scenery is incomparable.  Taking you through the breathtaking North Devon Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Runner’s World reviewers rated this run at an amazing 93%, with an incredible 100% saying that they would do it again.



Croyde TriathlonCroyde Ocean Tri is back, for its second year on Sunday 3rd July 2016. Based at the beautiful, award-winning Putsborough Sands, takes in some of the South West’s most stunning scenery.

This Olympic distance Triathlon is a course to be reckoned with and certainly not for the faint hearted. Join us in 2016 for what promises to be a fun and challenging event.


CROYDE’S BEER FESTIVAL @ DOWN END 12th – 14th August 2016


Beer Festival in Devon: 3 day summer festival of beers, cider and music overlooking the beautiful Croyde Beach, North Devon. With a host of beers from local breweries and a selection of the finest acts all we need is some sunshine this summer! On the edge of the beach next to one of the best surfing spots makes it a brilliant spot for a Devon Beer Festival!


Woolacombe is the largest of our rallies. Set at Golden Coast Holiday Parc in Woolacombe Bay North Devon. We pride ourselves on the fact that this rally is like no other!  Giving the best of both worlds with all the onsite accommodation and facilities plus buses that ship over 1000 of the scooterists attending into the local village of Woolacombe.  We have 3 rooms running each night with The Bowling Alley a child friendly venue that is open until midnight with DJ’s, a large bar, various kids facilities and FREE bowling all weekend. Our child policy at Woolacombe is that all under 18′s must be out of the other two venues by 9pm so this is a safe venue for kids to be able to enjoy the evening in safety. Sunday is our party night with all our normal rally DJ’

events in croyde Croyde Craft Market – Every Thursday on the Green in Croyde Village

Whilst in Croyde visit the stalls of the craft market where local vendors sell their wares.



Regular live music is to be found in Croyde at our local pubs (The Thatch or the Manor Inn) and sometimes in the village hall.  Great live music can also be heard at the Kings Arms in Georgeham and Saunton Road Studios in Braunton.  Check the websites for more information on when and where:

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.

The Beaches

The Beaches

North Devon is blessed with some of the countries best beaches, most look out towards the West and the Atlantic Ocean with the island of Lundy set on the horizon. There is plenty to do on our beaches, whether it be walking or water sports or just to feel and see Nature at her finest!

Multi award winning Woolacombe and Putsborough Sands is a 2.5 mile stretch of golden, gently sloping sandy beach, with glorious sand dunes to walk and explore.

Croyde Bay is popular with surfers all year round and is busy in the summer months with holiday makers.

Saunton Sands is 4 miles of golden sandy beach stretching from Saunton Ridge and the famous deco Saunton Sands Hotel to the mouth of the River Taw. Crow Point sits at the far end of Saunton Sands and is a great place to get away from the summer crowds. Behind Saunton Sands dunes is the world famous Braunton Burrows and Saunton Golf Club.

Putsborough Manor Barn (sleeps 4)

Putsborough Manor Barn (sleeps 4)


Our beautiful award winning thatched Putsborough Manor Barn was recently and stylishly converted into high quality holiday accommodation.  It has underfloor heating, wifi, Full SKY TV, Private Tennis Court and walk to our award winning Putsborough Beach…

Our Barn has 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4 + cot) with 2 ensuite bathrooms and  open plan lounge with kitchen and dining area, all finished to a high standard and with top quality fittings and appliances, to make your holiday a happy one!

The Barn is a thatched Grade II listed building with lots of character and some low beams in the bedrooms and bathrooms of 190cm, upstairs the roof height is 2.2m.


2 Bedrooms, 2 with ensuite shower rooms, heated towels rails – master with spa bath

Full SKY 32″ TV package, integral DVD player, Wifi, TV in master 

Bosch Induction Hob and Extractor, Bosch multi function Cooker, Bosch Microwave, Integrated Fridge &Freezer, Dish washer, Washing Machine/Dryer, Utensils, Crockery, Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Iron Board, Dust pan, Hairdryer

Single beds (2), Kingsize (1) Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, High Chair (1) Lounge seating for 5, Sleeps maximum of 4 plus cot

Towels, Bed Linen and Kitchen Linen included, Highchair and Travel Cot available.

Tennis court on site • Private enclosed garden & patio • Gas BBQ • Bicycles available to hire locally • Parking (2) • Dog Friendly

Putsborough Manor Barn
 Prices Per Week 4 Persons

Please use our on line booking search for up to date pricing. 

Prices range from £450 pw  in low season to £1400 pw in high season. Short breaks of 3 nights or more are available.

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

A damage/security deposit will be payable.

Long weekends and mid week short breaks are available  – please call for further details and pricing.

Weeks generally 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.