South Devon National Landscape
Follaton House, Plymouth Road,
Totnes TQ9 5NE


Tel: 01803 229330


Torcross (2.5m)

About This Project

Torcross – A gentle walk through a sumptuous landscape.

The graceful form of Start Bay curling away to the north and south, freshwater lagoons, meadows, woodland, and peaceful Devon lanes meandering between blossoming banks.


This walk includes one hidden National Landscape geocache – ‘Your South Devon Landscape 9a’. Information about our geocaches and how to find them here.

(Wartime evacuation,
Start Bay part 1)

(Wartime evacuation,
Start Bay part 2)

(The Torcross village
story video)


Torcross Car Park. TQ7 2TQ
2.5 miles
Moderate. 2 flights of steps.
Route fairly even underfoot. Coastal footpath and field footpaths with occasional mud in wet weather; surfaced road.
Torcross car park. Pay and display.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
Public transport
In Torcross.
In Torcross car park


  1. From car park, cross road to seafront and turn right along the sea wall. At the end, go up steps signed ‘Coast Path up steps to Beesands, Hallsands and Start Point’.
  2. Follow the track at the top then turn left following yellow waymarker arrow up hill and onto footpath. The path climbs inland around the back of an old quarry and drops down to Beesands Cellars.
  3. Shortly before the path reaches the beach, turn right at fingerpost onto public footpath signed for Widewell. Alternatively, go straight on here for detour to visit beach and the quarry, which is left along the beach. Retrace your steps, and turn left here.
  4. Follow path up field edge, cross track and continue, following yellow waymarkers.
  5. The route emerges from woods past cottages at Widdicombe then bears right up drive.
  6. After 200m turn right at fingerpost along public footpath signed ‘Widewell ¼m’, and drop down through field.
  7. At the road turn right and follow lane to return to Torcross and the car park.

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