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Woodhuish and Mansands

About This Project

Woodhuish and Mansands ~ Superb coastal footpath.

Beautiful beaches, the silvery sea, and the curves, cliffs and coves of a superb stretch of the coast.


Scabbacombe car park, Scabbacombe Lane.
3.5 miles
Strenuous. 1 stile; 2 steep ascents; 1 steep descent.
Fairly even coastal footpath; green lane with soggy and muddy sections in wet weather; surfaced road.
National Trust car park, Scabbacombe. Charges apply. Free for NT members.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
Public transport
Nearest refreshments in Kingswear and Brixham.
Nearest public toilets by ferry slipway, Kingswear. Toilets also available at Quayside Harbour, Brixham.


  1. Leave car park through gate and follow green lane down hill signed ‘Scabbacombe Sands Link to Coast Path’.
  2. Where you enter field, follow left hand field edge down.
  3. At the bottom, if you wish, detour right to visit Scabbacombe Sands then retrace your steps. Otherwise, turn left and follow coast path, climbing steeply over the cliffs and dropping down to Mansands.
  4. Cross the shingle bar between the former lagoon and beach taking particular care crossing the stream bed, then bear left along footpath up Mansands Lane.  (If you would prefer not to risk wet feet – follow the yellow arrow signed Woodhuish Lane)
  5. At the next junction turn left signed ‘Mill Lane’.
  6. At the following junction turn left signed ‘Woodhuish Lane’.
  7. At the top turn right and follow road for ½ mile back to car park on left.


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