Devon Coastal Challenge

Friday 28th April 2017

Plymouth: The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, United Kingdom



Take a look at the WalkWise brochure and see which challenge suits you, you can register your interest below and we will be in touch to get you signed up shortly.

Choose from a range of locations and routes across the UK:

  • Yorkshire Dales Challenge
  • Cotswolds Challenge
  • Firehills Coastal Challenge
  • Gower Coastal Challenge
  • 10 Lakes Challenge
  • Hadrian's Wall Challenge
  • South Devon Coastal Challenge
  • Speyside Challenge

1. The South Devon Coastal Challenge!

The scenery along the South Devon Coast is quite simply spectacular and our challenge is to walk the 21 miles of this wonderful coast between Mothercombe and Plymouth.  This section of coast is also a lot quieter than elsewhere in Devon, so we will really be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area; dramatic cliff top paths with extensive sea views, hidden coves with tranquil sandy bays, traditional fishing villages complete with welcoming inns and cafes!  Most of the route is on good country tracks and footpaths and there a few ups and downs to add a little challenge.



Day 1: Saturday           Battisborough Cross, Mothercombe to Noss Mayo

After breakfast we will hop on the coach which will take us to the start of our walk in Battisborough Cross.  From here we have a gentle warm up walk along some meandering lanes to Mothercombe where we get our first view of the coast; the secluded Erme Estuary!  From here we place the sea on our left and begin the walking along the coastal tracks.  Around the first headland lies golden sands of Meadowsfoot Beach and the picture perfect Mothercombe Bay. Our route now climbs gentle above the high cliffs and makes its way around the isolated smugglers coves and bays! The magnificent South West Coastal Path leads us onto Stokes we will descend to visit the ancient Church of St Peters.  Our track continues along a road Victorian ride which provides nice easy social walking as we continue around Blackstone Point where we gain great views along the estuary.  The coastline now follows the estuary inland through the bluebell clad wood into the hidden villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers where we will conclude the day in a friendly inn or inviting tea shop

Distance 11 miles with 1,500ft of ascent


Day 2: Sunday             Wembrey, Warren Point, Mount Batten & Plymouth

Today is one of the nicest walks in the country, full of great views, history villages and even the odd ice cream shop and café!  We begin on the opposite bank of the estuary to yesterday, in Wembrey.  Once again easy farm tracks and lanes allow our legs a gentle warm up as we make our way down to the coast to reveal a superb view of the end of Saturdays’ walk. Now we turn west and follow the coastal path through to a lovely bay with a very nice café for morning coffee.  From here its once again sea on our left and off we go.  We pass Blackstone rocks, Wembrey Point, Audurn Point and Bovisand Bay and Jennycliff Bay before reaching Dunstone Point and Mount Batten Tower. Now its onto a ferry to sail back across to the Citadel and Plymouth. Finally, we make our way along the quayside and across Plymouth Hoe and the conclusion of our route!

Distance 10 miles with 1,200ft of ascent




2. Accommodation and What’s Included In The Price!

The Duke of Cornwall, Plymouth's original character hotel, is a true treasure in the heart of Devon's city-by-the sea. Built during the Golden Age of steam, the Duke of Cornwall, was Plymouth's first luxury hotel and continues to provide first class accommodation today, with towers and turrets, ballrooms, oak panels, elaborate ceiling roses, Sir John Betjeman, Poet described The Duke of Cornwall "as one of the nation's finest examples of Victorian architecture". Indeed, in 1988 a restoration programme began, which exposed the building's original features, engravings and moldings making it the special place it is today. There are 72 rooms and suites, each with a unique view, some coastal, some cityscape.  The restaurant holds 2 RAC Blue Ribbons and it is an AA Rosette award winning Restaurant, so we’ll be well fed too. Add to this is prominent position in the town, being, just minutes from the train stations, the excellent Theatre Royal and the lively Barbican and marina area.  In fact, it's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful South West.  Naturally all the hotel bedrooms are well appointed, en suite and come with all the usual facilities including telephone, radio alarm, hair dryer, digital freeview TV, tea and coffee making facilities and trouser press. 24-hour room service and internet access is also available. Oh and the hotel works closely with McCauleys Health Club which is two walk from the hotel and can offer you a discounted session rate.


Friday Night

We will aim to start the event by meeting everyone in the bar on the Friday night at 7pm.  You will have the chance to meet your fellow participants and make some new friends.  Dinner will then be served in the restaurant at 8.00pm.  We appreciate that a lot of you will have had long journeys up and it may not be possible to make the 7pm meet.  Therefore the main briefing for the Challenge will be after dinner


Arrival Meal: 8.00 pm

Briefing after meal.



Breakfast: 8am

Short Briefing: 9am in the Lounge

Leave by coach to start the Challenge: 9:15am

Picnic lunch

Three course dinner: 7.30pm



Breakfast: 8am

Leave by coach: 9am

Picnic lunch


Event details and schedule


3.WalkWise Joining Instructions to

The Walking Weekend Plymouth, Devon & Cornish Coast

 Joining Instructions to the Duke of Cornwall


On behalf of all the WalkWise team, thank you for booking your walking event!  The WalkWise guides will arrive early evening and are looking forward to meeting you.


  • Arrival meal: is set for 08:00 pmwhen you will have the opportunity to meet your guides and they will discuss the overall event and walks.

( If you are going to be late for the arrival dinner please advise the hotel or leaders on the contact numbers below!)

  • Arrival time: any time after 04:00 pm. Should you wish to arrive any earlier please enquire at the centre directly.
  • What to bring: To ensure that you are properly equipped, please take a moment to read through the ‘What to bring list’ and ensure that you have the necessary clothing and equipment.


The maps you would need for this event are1:25 000: 

  • OL 108 Lower Tamar
  • OL 28 Dartmoor
  • OL 20 South Devon


If you are not going to make the dinner at 8pm please ensure you contact WalkWise or the hotel on the numbers below.


Centre Tel: 01752 275850

Address: Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3LG

Local Tourist Information Tel:

Plymouth Tourist Info.                           01752 306 330‎

Dartmoor National Park Info       .           01822 890 414

Gideon Wheater:                                   0780 907 0257

Andrew Casey:                                      0774 894 2263


Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure your trip is enjoyable, occasionally unforeseen difficulties may arise.  Should you have any concerns please raise them with your guides at the time.  They will then endeavour to resolve them swiftly so that you can enjoy your trip.


How to get there:           By Car:  From the North

Follow the M5 south to J 31 and then continue onto the A38. Continue on the A38 until the edge of Plymouth.  Now branch Left off the A38 and take the first exit off the roundabout signed CITY CENTRE A374.  Follow the A374 for 3.25 miles following signs for City Centre and Torpoint then at the traffic signals merge onto Breton Side, B3240 and signed Barbican, the Hoe and Torpoint.  In 200m at the mini roundabout turn left onto Vauxhall Street, B3240 and in a further 0.7miles at the traffic lights turn Left onto Millbay rd B3240 signed West Hoe, Sea Front.  Continue for 200m to the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto West Hoe Rd signed the Hoe, Sea Front, then turn left onto Citadel rd and you will find the hotel on the corner.

Alternatively if you are brave, from the M5 follow the A38 towards plymouth,  then turn left off the A38 onto the A374 towards the city centre and simply follow the brown tourist signs that say “continental ferry port / plymouth pavilions” and the hotel is opposite the pavilions!

 travel contacts                 0871 200 22 33


Train:   The nearest train station is in Plymouth                        08457 48 49 50               0871 244 1545, 7 days per week, from 8am until 10pm



What to bring:


You MUST have:

  • Walking boots
  • A Water bottle (minimum 1 litre)
  • A Rucksack with a plastic liner
  • Waterproofs: jacket and trousers
  • A Warm hat
  • Warm gloves (not leather)
  • Thick walking socks
  • Base layer:(thin thermal or warm T-shirt.  Best not to be cotton as it gets cold when wet)
  • Over layer:(warm sweater or fleece)
  • Extra layer: warm top for when cold (eg. when stopped for lunch)
  • Comfortable walking trousers (not jeans as they are too cold & heavy when wet)
  • Personal Medication
  • Smart casual clothes for the evening.


You may wish to bring:

  • Trekking Poles
  • Vacuum flask (if you like hot drinks on the hill)
  • Medium size Tupperware container or plastic bag, to put picnic lunch in.
  • Sit mat
  • Sun glasses
  • Lip salve
  • Camera
  • Personal first aid kit


In good weather and/or summer, you may also wish to bring

  • Short trousers
  • T - Shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Sun tan lotion


In poor weather and/or winter, you may also wish to bring:

  • Extra warm clothing

Organised by

WalkWise Uk Ltd

30 Greenways Drive, Endmoor, Kendal

Phone: 01539560911

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