Start Point from Torcross
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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.
Walk Route Description
This Devon coastal walk starts from the car park on the sea front at Torcross (grid ref. SX823423) and follows the South West Coast path all way down the coast south to Start Point. The return follows the outward route. Navigation is easy and with excellent coastal views throughout, it is the prefect route for a leisurely day beside the sea.
After parking, cross the road and turn south (with the sea to your left) and follow the generally well-signed South West Coast Path to Torcross Point. The path then diverts inland and climbs around the landward side of the disused Beesands Quarry before descending to continue past Widdicombe Ley (a lagoon to your right) and along Bee Sands to reach the small village of Beesands. After a very short section of road walking the South West Coast Path climbs onto Tinsey Head before descending to the village of Hallsands.
After another brief section along a road, the path climbs onto the cliff tops to reach a superb viewpoint near Start Farm from where there is an excellent vista of most of the walk. A gentle descent from the viewpoint leads you towards the lighthouse at Start Point. Note that you leave the South West Coast Path for the final 500 metres of the walk to the lighthouse.
To return to the start, retrace your steps along the South West Coast Path enjoying a different perspective of this lovely stretch of coast.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3427 Slapton Sands & Stokenham from Torcross - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3431 Beeson to Salcombe - mod/hard - 12.0 miles/19.5 km
Walk 3432 Salcombe to Thurlestone - mod/hard - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 2371 Kingswear to Brixham - moderate - 10.8 miles/17.6 km
Walk 3587 Kingswear from Coleton Fishacre - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3041 Thurlestone from Bantham - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 1323 Broadsands Beach and Brixham - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3657 Bigbury-on-Sea, Arymer Cove & Burgh Island - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 2912 Dartington from Totnes - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Walk 3387 Upper Erme Valley & Ugborough Moor - moderate - 9.3 miles/15.1 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Two Moors Way
Guidebook to walking Devon's Coast to Coast, a 117 mile route incorporating the Two Moors Way and a section of the Erme-Plym Trail. Beginning at Wembury Bay on the south coast and finishing at Lynmouth, the walk passes through the beautiful countryside of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A map booklet of the full route on OS 1:25K maps is included.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.