This walk starts in Appledore Main Car Park on Appledore’s seafront, and it’s a nice one if you’re taking your dog along as it passes a dog friendly beach and a pub that welcomes them inside. At 6.9 miles, this route will take you along the grassy coastal landscape that sits at the mouth of the Taw-Torridge estuary.
Not just a pretty face, the landscape is a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to the variety of unique coastal habitats its formed over the years. Together, the grasslands, sandy dunes and salt marshes help to support all kinds of rare plants and attract migratory birds.
Sheltered by the long pebble ridge at Westward Ho!, the grassy plain is home to all kinds of wildlife and as you make your way to it you’ll pass the biggest covered shipyard in Europe. The Westward Ho! shoreline was a forest during the prehistoric period, and if you catch the tide when it’s low enough you’ll glimpse fossilised tree stumps and roots poking from the sand.
The estuary played a huge role in training during World War II, and you can still see the anti-tank blocks dotted along the shore and the remainders of a small minefield on the Northam Burrows.