Baggy Point to Saunton

About this route

The coastline from Baggy Point south to Saunton Sands is a magnificent sight. The rocks are about 370 million years old (Devonian) and include a wide range of sedimentary rock types such as sandstones, shales, slates and limestones. The bulk of these were probably laid down in shallow marine or brackish waters. Today, the effect is impressive and the coastline boasts rugged cliffs rising in places to 60m. There is evidence of the past stresses and pressures that have been at work here, with dramatic folding and fractures in the rocks being quite common.

Getting Around

On foot: from Croyde Bay the site can be accessed from the South West Coast Path.

By bus: there are regular buses from Barnstaple to Saunton, see the Travel Devon website for the latest times.

By road: the site is located approximately 8 miles along the B3231 from Barnstaple. To access Baggy Point use National Trust car park at Croyde Bay.

Facilities
A number of easily accessible car parks along the coastline. Saunton Sands has parking, toilets and refreshments.
Terrain
Easy access path from Croyde Bay to Baggy Point. Other parts of coast path are steep with uneven terrain.
Accessibility

Interesting information

Of particular interest are the signs of the Ice Age activity in the area. Raised platforms cut by wave action at times of high sea levels are now home to a number of large boulders transported here by ice.  Some of these may have been carried considerable distances. The most famous, the Saunton Pink Granite (SS 44013787), weighs in at 12 tonnes and is likely to have come all the way from the north-west highlands of Scotland.  This can be viewed from the foreshore but, if visiting the erratic, please check the incoming tide times as there is the risk of being cut off from the beach.

The area is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.

Photo looking down over rocky coastal cliffs towards the sea at Baggy Point
Baggy Point by Alan Bowring

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