South Devon AONB Follaton House,
Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE


Tel: 01803 861384


Hope Cove to Bolberry Down

About This Project

Hope Cove to Bolberry Down ~ A walk of towering cliffs, endless coastal views.

Scenes and stories of shipwrecks, and the charm of Devon lanes winding between abundant hedgebanks with the beautiful, nestled fishing village of Hope Cove to start from and return to.


Outer Hope car park.
5 miles
Moderate. 4 stiles, 1 flight of steps. There are two ascents on the walk, though the climbing is long and steady rather than very steep.
Coastal footpath with some uneven ground; surfaced road; green lane; fairly even country footpath.
Private car park at Outer Hope. Cost for parking in 2006 was £3.00.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
Public transport
In Outer Hope: The Hope and Anchor Inn, serves food 01548 561294; Beachcomber Cafe, open April-Oct 01548 561974; Harbour Light restaurant serves cream teas, snacks and meals 01548 897579. At Bolberry Down: Port Light Hotel, serves drinks, cream teas and lunches 01548 561384.
Public toilets in Outer Hope.


  1. Turn left out of car park and follow the lane through the village. This becomes a path and then a road again down into Inner Hope.
  2. By the slipway, follow the coast path up the steps. Follow the waymarked path, which snakes around Bolt Tail, and along the cliffs.
  3. At Bolberry Down turn down the lane. At the next T-junction, turn left, then just around the corner fork right.
  4. Drop down the hill, then up the other side of the dip, and turn left onto the green lane signed ‘Sweethearts Lane’.
  5. At the next junction turn left, signed ‘Public Footpath Galmpton 1/2 mile’. This path cuts off to the right by the gateway to Higher Barton, signed ‘Public Footpath, Galmpton 3/4 mile and runs up across one small field and right along the field margin of the next.
  6. Though gate and turn left over the stone stile by the tall waymarker post and follow the field edge footpath back to Hope.
  7. Cross the road and follow the path down steps by the side of St Clements Church, then turn right and return through Hope to the car park.


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