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|Northam Burrows Country Park|
|Author: Claire, Published: 09 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Devon, Westward Ho!|
|A 3.5 miles easy and circular trail along the North Devon coast within the Northam Burrows Country Park. Northam Burrows, just on the outskirts of Westward Ho!, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is about 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and generally unimproved grasslands. The walk starts along the edge of the pebble beach and then follows the mouth of the Taw Torridge Estuary around to the west before turning inland to cross the Burrows back to the start. |
The walk is almost entirely flat, and there are no stiles or gates. The surfaces are a mixture of sand dunes and grassy marshes. The marshes can be quite wet underfoot and after periods of rain you will need to stride over the drainage ditches as part of the return leg. There are free roaming Exmoor Ponies and sheep on the Burrows so take care with dogs. The centre of the Burrows is a golf course and you will need to cross a couple of fairways on the return leg so watch out for golf balls. There are toilets available at the information centre near the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Northam Burrows Country Park car park on the outskirts of Westward Ho! In the summer months and holiday season there is a charge to enter the park (£4.50 per car per day in July 2012) so you will need to pay at the huts on the entrance roads into the park. The car park barriers are locked at 6pm in winter and 10pm in summer. Approximate post code EX39 1XS.
|Start to Taw Estuary Mouth|
Start point: 51.0527 lat, -4.2297 long
From the car park, stand facing the high pebble ridge, and walk towards it. Turn right immediately before it to follow the sandy path with the ridge to the left. Pass by Sandymere, the small inland saltwater mere on the right. Continue ahead passing through some wooden posts, on the sandy path as it climbs onto the sand dunes ahead.
|Taw Estuary Mouth to Peninsula|
Start point: 51.0646 lat, -4.2211 long
Follow the dunes as they swing to the right away from the sea. There are a couple of benches along this section if you wish to use them to admire the views across the estuary.
|Peninsula to Stone Bridge|
Start point: 51.0613 lat, -4.2088 long
Here you are forced to follow the dunes path as it swings right with an area of inland water over to the left. Follow the edge of the banks as they swing right and then left to pass alongside a gate into another parking area.
|Stone Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.052 lat, -4.2106 long
Do not cross the stone bridge, instead turn sharp right to follow the grass path directly across the marshes. Keep to the left of the old concrete foundations and head across the Burrows heading for the lifeguard station just visible on the horizon ahead.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Start Walk from Burrows car park
|By John Gridley on 30 Sep 2015|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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