Houndapitt is located a mile from the South West coast path and is surrounded by inland walks through beautiful, undulating countryside. A vast majority of the countryside in North Cornwall is nationally recognised as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with particular wildlife and historic interest. With so many public footpaths and bridleways nearby, finding a good walk in the area is as simple as stepping outside your door!
At Sandymouth Beach when the sea recedes at low tide it reveals a long, seemingly endless sandy pathway to explore as you walk the three miles to the small seaside town of Bude. On the way you cannot help but to admire the sheer and unreal cliff formations created by the lapping Atlantic Ocean and various rock pools that have formed and now harbour surprising quantities and varieties of life.
Alternatively, you can make the equally spectacular walk along the cliffs which provides breathtaking views of the sea as you walk and a beautiful view of Bude, sprawling out before you once you reach the other end. The picture to the right shows the coastal path leading from Sandymouth Bay to Bude, this is a very popular walk amoug out guests and locals alike. You start by following farm tracks from sandymouth bay towards Northcott Beach and begin heading towards the coast. During this part of the walk you can enjoy the changing landscape of cliffs, fields and beaches on this rugged coast. Along the way glimpses of wildlife maybe seen as well. Following the coast you will eventually arive at the main beach in Bude where you can either continue the walk along the coast or stop for an ice cream while walking up the canal. This walk is considered to be of moderate difficulty as there may some more awkward obstacles, like badly maintained gates, and places where navigation involves more thought and skill. The distance from Sandymouth to Bude is 2.48 miles and it take approximatly 120 min utes with a height gain 100m.
The trail above is part of the larger trail from Bude to Marsland Mouth. The entire trail is approximately 10 miles in length and it is suggested that you allowat least 6 hours to complete it in its entirety. Parts of it have been described by the South West Way association as 'severe', particularly between Duckpool and Marsland Mouth. The walk is relatively easy until you get to Duckpool, and gets steadily harder. Most of the walk is very remote, and has been claimed to be some of the remotest coast in England.
The walk starts from the pretty little Cornish village of Poughill (pronounced to rhyme with 'offal'). From here it's easy walking over tracks and lanes into Bude, an atmospheric family seaside resort that you may want to spend time exploring. When you're done, it's an easy stretch of the South West Coast Path, via the popular Crooklets Beach to the lesser-used beach at Northcott Mouth. Then it's a short stretch along a typical Cornish hedged lane before the return via tracks and field-edge paths. These
paths and tracks are easily walked in any weather, there are no significant navigational difficulties, and stiles and gates are in good repair. In favourable weather the route could probably be walked in trainers or other lightweight shoes. This walk take approximatly 180 minutes and covers a distance of 4.97 miles with a height gain of 100m.
Other walks and trails include the Duckpool circular walk, which is approx. 5 miles in length and will take around 3 hours to complete, and the Morwenstow walk, which is also 5 miles and will take approx. 4 hours to complete.
Marshland Mouth to Bude
Mile 0 - 2
Marsland Mouth on the Devon Cornwall border is not the easiest of places to get to. By road you go to Welcombe Mouth and follow the path for steep 1/2 mile to get to the actual county border. There are four steep coombes to go down and up in the first two miles. But you do have the reward of some fantastic coastal scenery. Off shore is the twisted strata of Gull Rock, with Lundy Island also visible to the north
As you approach Henna Cliff, you can detour half a mile inland to visit Morwenstow church and village. In the 19th century and eccentric parson, Rev R S Hawker, put the village on the map, with his efforts to rescue shipwrecked sailors and prevent looting. Many drowned mariners are buried in the graveyard.
As you re-join the coastal path, you will see, on the side of the cliff, the hut that Rev Hawker built out of driftwood, where he sat to write his poetry.
On past the viewpoint at Higher Sharpnose Point. The fourth steep descent and climb is at Stanbury mouth after two miles