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    Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path

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    Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path

    If you enjoy peaceful coastal walks that feature lovely views of the countryside and English Channel, then the Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path will be a great way to spend an afternoon on the weekend. This circular route meanders through stretches of undulating woodland and coastal terrain to provide excellent views across the water. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit if you are planning to make the short detour down to Maidencombe Beach and spend the day in the sun.

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    Route Description for Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path

    With picturesque views overlooking the English Channel, charming seaside villages, and lovely country pathways, it is hard to truly fault the Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path; however, at only 2.3 km in total length, one could argue that it just isn’t long enough! If you are planning on attempting this lovely adventure, you should make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as there are some steep portions of trail that might be uneven underfoot.

    Even though it is only a short walk, it is a wonderful adventure with fantastic views that should absolutely make it onto your list if you are planning a trip in Devon. The route begins and ends at the Thatched Tavern, which conveniently allows for both pre and post-walk refreshments if you so wish. From there, you will make your way towards the water’s edge and walk along the picturesque coast, before looping back through a charming stretch of countryside terrain. This really is a relaxing walk that can be enjoyed by anyone.

    Setting out from the Thatched Tavern, head to the southeast for 0.1mi to pass through a car park and onto a footpath, where you will eventually arrive at a junction. Heading to the left here will take you down to Maidencombe Beach, which you will likely want to save for later. Take the path on the right and keep left along the trail for the next 0.6 km, passing through a lovely stretch of forest that offers intermittent views across the English Channel on your left.

    The trail will eventually turn to the west and bring you to a junction, at which point, you will turn left and continue to follow it south along the undulating terrain of the coast. Follow the trail as it once again turns away from the edge of the water toward the west and climbs uphill through the forest. Reaching a junction, take the path on the right and follow it for a short distance until it turns into a lane. Continue straight along the road for the next 1.0 km, where you will arrive back at the pub having completed your journey along the Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path.

    Insider Hints for Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path

    • Good walking shoes are a must, as there are steep and rugged sections along this trail.
    • Livestock are sometimes grazing in the area, so be sure to keep your dog on a lead.
    • Pop into the Thatched Tavern before or after your walk for some refreshments.

    Getting to the Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path from Watcombe, head north on Teignmouth Road/A379 for 2.1 km and turn right onto Steep Hill. Follow this for 0.3 km and make a left to continue on the same road for another 76 m, where you will arrive at the car park. Walk up the road a short distance to reach the starting point of the journey at the Thatched Tavern.

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