Hope Cove

Explore South Devon: Hope Cove to Bolberry Down

A walk of towering cliffs and endless coastal views. Scenes and stories of shipwrecks, and the charm of Devon lanes winding between abundant hedgebanks with the beautiful, nestled fishing village of Hope Cove to start from and return to.


Start Outer Hope car park
Distance 4.5 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Coastal footpath with some uneven ground; surfaced road; green lane; fairly even country footpath.

Obstacles and steep gradients

1 stile, 1 flight of steps. There are two ascents on the walk, though the climbing is long and steady rather than very steep.

Public transport

See TravelineSW

Refreshment stops

In Hope Cove and at Bolberry Down.


Public toilets in Outer Hope.


Car park at Outer Hope. Parking fees apply.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX676402


1. Turn left out of car park and follow the lane through the village.  This becomes a path and then a road again down into Inner Hope.

2. By the slipway follow the coast path up the steps. Follow the waymarked path. After the second marker you can take a short detour to the tip of Bolt Tail to see the remains of the Iron Age Fort and a commanding view of the Bay.

3. Continue on coast path following waymarkers, then walk across Bolberry Down. After Ocean Reach restaurant turn left, continue down lane to a T-junction and turn left on to road.

4. After a short distance bear right down hill with farm and thatched cottage on your right, then climb uphill to a green lane on left marked Sweethearts Lane.

5. At the next junction turn left signed Public Footpath. The path cuts off to the right by the gateway to Higher Barton and runs across one small field and right along the field margin of the next.

6.  Through gate, turn left at stone stile and tall waymarker post, through adjoining gate and follow the field edge footpath back to Hope Cove.

7. Cross the road and follow the path down steps by the side of St Clements Church, then turn right and return through Hope to the car park.