Kingsbridge estaury

Salcombe to Snapes Point

This lovely tranquil mosey winds around sleepy creeks and fingers of land nosing out into the lapping waters, with brilliant and surprising views to keep your senses sharp.

'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 downloadable walk map (link on the right) and physically on-site by small plaques.  You can download the clips from the audio player on the right of this page, onto an MP3 player or simply call the local no. 01548 802315 on-site and then the 3 digit number shown for each position.


Start Shadycombe car park, Salcombe
Distance 4.5 miles (Shorter route 2.75 miles)
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Surfaced road; track; field footpaths, fairly even underfoot with occasional adverse camber.

Obstacles and steep gradients



This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Public transport

Bus services to Salcombe: 606 from Kingsbridge; 93 from Plymouth and Kingsbridge. Bus stop by Shadycombe car park. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

Refreshment stops

Several pubs, cafes, and restaurants in Salcombe.


Public toilets Gould Road, Salcombe: 150m down from Shadycombe car park on left.


Shadycombe car park, Salcombe. Pay and display.


Please contact Salcombe Tourist Information Centre on 01548 843927 or visit

Other facilities

Post office and variety of shops in Salcombe. Salcombe Tourist Information Centre in Council Hall, Market St. Public payphone by Shadycombe car park.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX738392


1. From car park entrance turn right down Gould Rd. Continue past Boat Park and along creek to Batson.

2. At head of creek at Batson, turn right up lane signed as no through road.

3. At the creek head by Snapes Manor turn left through kissing gate up footpath.

4. Footpath leads around back of manor house and up old green lane.

5. At the top turn right signed ‘Snapes Point’. Alternatively, for shorter walk, turn left and follow old carriageway up to National Trust car park. Turn left there along road, joining ‘Alternative’ route below.

6. Follow carriageway downhill. As you near the creek, turn left following sign for Snapes Point. Walk up to viewpoint at knoll, and over brow to follow waymarker arrow along path which drops down to follow field edges above creek.

7. After Tosnos Point, path climbs around back of small woodland. Just before gate out of field, turn left and follow fence line up hill then along contour.

8. At fingerpost turn left signed ‘Car Park’ then right through next gate to National Trust car park.

9. Here you can turn left and down the old carriageway and then left again to retrace your steps via the path around the back of Snapes Manor and along the road to Batson. Alternatively go straight on along road and turn left at Hall Cross, signed ‘Batson ¼ Salcombe ¾’.

10. At Batson take the road back along the right bank of the creek past the lime kiln, and retrace your steps to car park and bus stop.



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