South West Coast Path – Part 8 – Day 2

Noss Mayo, Devon - SWCP Part 8 Day 2
The coast path near Noss Mayo, Devon. South West Coast Path Part 8 Day 2

Sunday May 22nd, 2022 – Yealm Crossing to Bigbury on Sea

On the second of nine days, I’ll be walking the coast path from the River Yealm to Bigbury-on-Sea. But today’s schedule is not so much a plan as a ‘best guess’. There are some time constraints that will give this walk a logistical problem and plans will have to change if things don’t fall into place.

Firstly, we need to cross the River Erme at low tide to avoid a 10 mile detour. If we made it to Stoke Point yesterday then this should be easy otherwise we’ll need to bring our start time forward by at least an hour.

Secondly, it would be nice to make it to our destination in time to cross the Avon at Bigbury. That’ll make the start for tomorrow a little easier. But if not, that’s ok too. We can stop at Bigbury and start tomorrow at 10am with a ferry crossing.

I’ve heard it said that “A man without a plan… is not a man!” (I think that was Al Pacino in Dick Tracy but… ). With that in mind, any plan is better than none; so here is my (rather loose) plan assuming that we made it to Stoke Point yesterday.


Approximately 12-16 miles; Challenging – Easy to Strenuous

09:30-11:15 – Start at Stoke Point near Noss Mayo where we left off yesterday (hopefully).
11:15-12:00 – Coffee or light lunch at Mothecombe (this assumes we made progress and that we have time to wade across the Erme before the tide heads back in.
12:00-15:30 – Mothecombe to Bigbury on Sea
15:30-16:00 – Ferry across to Bantham and a pie and pint at the Sloop Inn.

Route Map

You can find the highlights and more information on this route on The South West Coast Path website

Timings for this walk are approximate and may change at short notice. However, if you’re interested in joining for all or any part of this walk, please contact me beforehand so that we can keep in touch.

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