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The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path

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The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path
Author: HallandWoodhouse, Published: 08 Apr 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star0 The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Pathstar0 The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Pathstar0 The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Pathstar0 The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Pathstar0 The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path
Devon, Torquay
Walk Type: Coastal
The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path boot The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path boot The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path
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A 2 mile circular pub walk from The Thatched Tavern in Maidencombe. A lovely and undulating walk from the delightful village of Maidencombe along the South West Coast Path. Lots of variety including wooded paths, open fields and country lanes.

The walk follows a mixture of woodland/coastal paths and quiet lanes, the former of which are uneven with tree roots and will be muddy after wet weather. The section along the South West Coast Path has several climbs and descents including some steep slopes with flights of steps. There is one kissing gate on route, but no stiles. Approximate time 60 to 80 minutes.

The walk starts from The Thatched Tavern pub on Steep Hill in Maidencombe. Maidencombe is accessed from the A379, north of Torquay. Approximate post code TQ1 4TS.

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Walk Sections

Thatched Tavern to Coast Path
Thatched Tavern to Coast Path

Start point: 50.5066 lat, -3.5158 long
End point: 50.5057 lat, -3.5142 long

From the pub, turn left and head downhill on the lane passing green to right. After 60 yards, enter car park and walk through for 50 yards bearing to left. Pass information board to right and exit car park on to tarmac track. Walk downhill for 50 yards then continue ahead up steps and through wood kissing gate.

Coast Path to Grass Clearing
Coast Path to Grass Clearing

Start point: 50.5057 lat, -3.5142 long
End point: 50.4994 lat, -3.5132 long

Follow coast path round then steadily uphill with trees and sea views to left (minding tree roots). After 150 yards, path levels off. Continue for 140 yards, pass stile to right then head downhill. 60 yards ahead, path levels out and heads steadily uphill. After 200 yards, gradient eases.

Walk for 70 yards and path turns right at 90 degrees. Follow uphill for 70 yards and pass stile to right. 8 yards on, with arrow marker ahead, turn left and follow coast path to Watcombe. Walk down steps and continue on path downhill through trees. 80 yards ahead, descend sharply down steps for 140 yards.

Grass Clearing to Track
Grass Clearing to Track

Start point: 50.4994 lat, -3.5132 long
End point: 50.5013 lat, -3.5161 long

Exit trees passing marker post to left. Follow grass path with increasing gradient sharply uphill for 130 yards. Pass stile, bench and marker post to right then head up steps. Turn right and follow path through trees for 220 yards (minding roots).

Turn right at marker post ignoring coast path downhill to left. Follow path downhill through trees for 60 yards. Gradient increases for 100 yards then levels out. Continue uphill for 40 yards then downhill for 90 yards (rocky underfoot). Path levels out and becomes a track.

Track to Thatched Tavern
Track to Thatched Tavern

Start point: 50.5013 lat, -3.5161 long
End point: 50.5061 lat, -3.5163 long

Follow uphill for 60 yards and gradient increases. 70 yards ahead, track levels off. Pass stile to right and footpath sign to left. Stay on track and walk downhill with great views to right. After 150 yards, track levels out and heads gently uphill. Follow for 100 yards then sharply downhill for 20 yards.

Bear right on to lane passing footpath sign to right. Continue sharply downhill between high hedges for 130 yards. Pass stile to right then bear right at T junction. Follow downhill for 140 yards and lane levels out. Just before farm buildings to right, pause to view Domesday plaque, Judas tree and old stone trough to left.

Continue ahead on lane for 200 yards and you’re back at the Thatched Tavern for some well deserved refreshment!

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1 comments for "The Thatched Tavern and South West Coast Path"


By samsung on 21 Jul 2014

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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