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Stage 08: Westward Ho! to Clovelly – South West Coast Path

11.6 mi
2.1 mph
1,600 ft
1,425 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.69 mi

The Hobby Drive

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

11.5 mi


Hiking Highlight

11.6 mi

Weather Forecast

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June 19, 2019


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    After some easy recent stages, the terrain becomes more of a challenge once again. However, your efforts are richly rewarded.

    The treat at the end of this stage is the one-of-a-kind village of Clovelly, which has a long history of smuggling and shipwrecking. Clinging to a 400 foot (122 meter) cliff, the cobbled streets of the functioning fishing village are so steep that there is no vehicular access—only donkeys and sledges.

    Before you reach Clovelly, you can admire the views from Cornborough and Abbotsham Cliffs, take an enchanted wander through the wild oakwoods beyond Peppercombe, and take a delightful saunter along Hobby Drive; an ancient, wildlife-rich forest which affords tantalizing glimpses of the coastline.

    Clovelly has a few options for places to stay, eat, and drink—but not many. As such, it is advisable to book in advance.

    • June 20, 2019