A pleasant stroll through coastal heathland where the cliff edges provide a refuge for masses of wild flowers.
Crooklets Inn, Crooklets, Bude EX23 8NF 5 miles 3 HoursEasy
Paths: Good throughout
Landscape: Coastal near cliff edges
Dog Friendliness: Yes but keep on lead through grazed areas
Parking: At Crooklets Beach Car Park
Public toilets: Crooklets Beach and Sandy Mouth
From the car park, head towards the beach, cross a bridge and head for some steps. Pass in front of beach huts, turning left along a stony track between walls. Go up some steps and onto the coast path, signposted 'Maer Cliff'.
Pass through a gate and along a track behind a white building, called the Bungalow. Bear to the left, by a signpost, down a path to the sea at Northcott Mouth beach. Bear right along a track that will take you back inland, past a group of houses on the left, and continue uphill to pass some more houses.
Where the track bends round to the right, leave it and keep straight ahead to a gate. Keep outside the left edge of the overgrown bridle path ahead.
Once you reach a field gate, follow a track through the fields. Keep left at a junction with another track, you’ll come to a T-junction with a public road, go left and walk down the road to Sandy Mouth.
Pass the National Trust information kiosk and head towards the beach, then go left and uphill and follow the coast path back to Northcott Mouth beach, and a red lifeguard hut passed earlier.
Follow the roadside path just past the lifeguard hut and retrace your steps to the white Bungalow passed earlier. Follow the track behind the building and then keep ahead along a broad track with a field hedge on your left.
At a field corner by a footpath sign go through the gate ahead then turn left and follow the field edge into a hedgedin path. Continue between trees to a lane by a house at Rosemerrin. Continue to a road.
Make a right turn along the road, with Maer Lake Nature Reserve to your left. Cross at a junction with Maer Down Road, go left, then right, and return to the car park.
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