Kingsbridge is the place to holiday if you are wanting some outdoor adventures. The combination of countryside and estuary makes it a popular walking destination. Why not lace up your best pair of walking boots and see what you can discover on foot?
You would certainly be missing out if you decided to visit Kingsbridge and not take the time to explore the town on foot.
Unearth the rich history of Kingsbridge as you walk through the town. Kingsbridge has been a market town since 1219 with milling being the main source of revenue. In the 19th century, it was part of the thriving shipbuilding industry. You might be able to find some clues to this history as you stroll through the town. Take the town trail, starting at Kingsbridge Quay, and learn about medieval mills and the town hall’s curious clock before walking through the heart of the market town to finish up at the old shipyard now known as Crabshell Inn Quay.
Bowcombe Creek is just a short walk from the centre of Kingsbridge. A circular trail of 3.1 miles, this moderately challenging route takes just over an hour to complete and will allow you to visit the most northerly creek of the Kingsbridge estuary while taking in some truly magnificent scenery.
If you are a keen bird watcher, Bowcombe Creek is also a great place to do some twitching. The area is known for its elusive kingfishers and nesting swans, and nearby creeks are home to mallards, shelducks, and cormorants. During winter, you can spot teals and wigeons.
The South West Coast Path
Kingsbridge is a great walking town, offering access to the South West Coast Path and breathtaking countryside views across the South Devon AONB.
The South West Coast Path has numerous walking trails winding through nature reserves, along coastlines, and around headlands. The variety of walking routes gives you plenty of chances to get out and about. It is Britain’s longest national trail and runs for 115 miles in South Devon. If you are looking for our personal favourite routes, why not read our guide to the top 5 coastal walks in Devon?
South Devon Walks
The wider South Devon area is also home to some fantastic walks. Across the South Hams, five estuaries punctuate the landscape, offering a wealth of walking opportunities: the Yealm at Noss Mayo, the Erme at Mothecombe, the Avon from Bantham up to Aveton Gifford, the Kingsbridge and Salcombe estuary, and the Dart from Dartmouth to Totnes.
There is nothing quite like the wilderness of Dartmoor. One of the last great expanses of untamed countryside in the UK, its landscape is one that you can only truly experience on foot. Take in the ancient woodlands, bubbling streams, and unruly moors as you walk through the National Park.