Anstey's Cove - Coastal Walk

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A very pleasant circular walk from Kent's Caverns in Torquay through woodland to Meadfoot Beach, where we walk along Ilsham Marine Drive with its superb coastal views. Leaving the drive, we enter woodland again to continue along the coast path to spectacular Anstey's Cove.

A short walk across playing-fields returns us to Kent's Caverns. There are several possibilities on the way for detours to places to explore or have a picnic lunch with stunning sea views.

The final part of this walk along the beautiful coast path joins the 'Bishop's Walk' at Hopes Nose, so called because it was created by the Bishop of Exeter in 1840 as 'a place of quiet repose and for the good of the constitution'.

England - South West England - Devon - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
7/1/2019 - Jenny Beal

This is a superb walk. There was no difficulty following it because the coastal path arrows are clear, but nonetheless it really does need updating. Wp 8,9. There is no need and no point in going into the gardens at wp 8, as the coastal path continues along the clifftop. It is worth noting that there is a very short spur to the right off the coastal path at Wp8 – just a few yards – which takes you to a magnificent view of Thatcher Rock and all around the coast in both directions. With a convenient bench to relax on! When you go back to the coastal path, you just continue in the same direction – there are no erosion problems. The path reaches the road further down the coast, just 160 metres from the entrance to Hope’s Nose. Wp 10. Hope’s Nose is an absolute must. It’s a beautiful area with amazing wild flowers and geological formations. There is a short circular walk around it (about 0.75 miles) illustrated on the notice board by the entrance to the site. Wp 11. From the Hope’s Nose entrance, the coastal path goes up steps to the left of the road to reach a high-level footpath. It has much better views than walking along the road. It comes out immediately by the coastal path turning on the opposite side of the road.

9/5/2011 - Stephen Harris

A nice walk in Torbay. Parking at Kents Cavern is £2 for 4 hours (ample time). The walk text mentioned that the cliff path was closed in one section. The path has now been re-established so continue on and do not take the diversion, the views are better. It's also worth going down to Hope's Nose. A good walk, worthy of an update by the author but good all the same!

5/2/2011 - Ian Mapp

Walked this on an overcast bank holiday weekend Saturday. Just what we needed to blow out the cobwebs.. thanks. Photos and story at

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