East Portlemouth Beach

Explore South Devon: East Portlemouth to Gara Rock

Step out along the coast path from the Salcombe Estuary to meet the wide open sea. Exhilarating scenery, and a wonderful way to get the wind in your sails.

'Hidden estuaries' audio clips

To enhance the information on this estuary self-guided walking trail, we have recorded audio descriptions about the hidden and past world within the estuary.

The hidden estuaries audio clips are best listened to at the key positions around the walk, all of which are marked on the route map below and physically on-site by small plaques.  You can download the clips from the audio player on the right of this page.


Start Mill Bay car park
Distance 3 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Coastal footpath, uneven and rocky in places; surfaced road; green lane; field footpath.

Obstacles and steep gradients

1 steep ascent.

Public transport

See TravellineSW

Passenger ferry from Salcombe, select for details

Refreshment stops

In Salcombe and East Portlemouth.


Public toilets at Mill Bay; also at Whitestrand, Salcombe.


Mill Bay car park (National Trust).

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX741280


If you catch the ferry over from Salcombe, you can reach the start of the walk by bearing right along the road from the top of the jetty.

1. At Mill Bay bear right, signed ‘Gara rock 2 m’. Ignore both a left turn signed ‘Top Path to Gara Rock’ and a left fork for the beach, and follow the ‘acorn’ waymarkers along the coast path.

2. When you reach the ‘Gara Rock’ waymarker, bear left and head up to the small round white lookout post. Pass in front of the lookout, through the gate, and bear left in front of Gara Rock Hotel terrace.

3. Follow the lane leading inland. After 200m turn left onto public footpath.

4. Follow the path until it drops down to a track, cross over and down bridleway, following blue waymarker arrows.