The walk between Westward Ho! and Clovelly not only takes walkers past some quintessential Devon scenes, but it also includes a visit to two of the county’s most intriguing resorts. The eleven mile walk begins in Westward Ho, a village which got its name from the Charles Kingsley novel of 1855. The novel led to such demand for seaside holidays during the Victorian era that work began on creating the village to help people enjoy its beaches.
Clovelly, at the end of the journey isn’t your usual village either, as it’s privately owned by those who live there and there is a small charge to enter. Anyway, back to the walk...this section of the South West Coast Path passes through ancient woodland, right along sandy beaches and through pretty villages, so it really has it all.
This walk is a bit of a challenge as it includes several hilly areas and rocky beaches, but it’s well sign posted and includes two of the region’s most popular destinations. Look out for Peppercombe Beach which you’ll usually have all to yourself, as it’s a great example of a secluded Devon spot. If you’re taking a picnic for your walk this is probably the best spot to sit and enjoy it, as how often is it that you enjoy a private beach?
After leaving the beach you’ll soon pass through Worthygate Woods, a gorgeous area that provides welcome shade on a hot summer’s day. Enjoy Bucks Mill too, as this quiet village has the beauty of Clovelly without the crowds.