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Baggy Point to Woolacombe

Baggy Point is 240 acres of headland between morte bay and Croyde bay owned by the National Trust since 1939 after it was donated by the Hyde family. Designated a SSSI for its geological formations.

Why is it called baggy point? I have read the name comes from the word bag, meaning hole or cave but I can not find any evidence of this but will keep researching the answer.

It has breathtaking far reaching views over the beautiful sandy beaches of North Devon. To the North, Woolacombe, Putsborough, Morte Bay. The South, Croyde, Saunton, Braunton Burrows, Crow Point, Westward Ho!, Bideford Bay and Hartland and across to Lundy Island also owned by the National Trust.

The tranquility, coastal flowers, wildlife and amazing natural beauty of this headland is just spectacular. Baggy point is  part of the south west coast path.

Baggy Point Map

After my visit a few weeks ago to Croyde and Croyde Beach  and my first ever walk out to Baggy point was was just mind blowing. We decided to walk from Baggy Point to Woolacombe.

The reason we decided to take the walk this way is because the walk up to baggy point even though it is high is a slow gentle elevation gain and I had managed really well so felt confident.

Whale Bones Baggy Point

Watch out for the whales!! Only joking well sort….

There are some preserved whale bones as you start the walk out to baggy point. It was washed up on Croyde beach back in 1915 and the Hyde family preserved them for visitors to see on their walk.  Kids will just love this.

Whale Bones Baggy Point

Walking Baggy Point

Walking Options

Circular walk: Baggy Point via Putsborough. You can park at baggy point car park and walk to the point and then join the south west coastal path and walk over to Putsborough and then return over the top of the headland using the public footpaths.

One Way Options:

Baggy Point to Putsborough

Park at Putsborough Beach car park

Baggy Point to Middle Beach (Woolacombe)

Park at Marine Drive

Baggy Point to Woolacombe


Baggy Point to Putsborough

As you start climbing up towards baggy point on the south west coast path it feels like you are walking up into the sky it is stunning. Seeing the beautiful Lundy Island on the horizon.

At the top of the hill is a coast guard pole which is a great site and recently restored.

South West Coast Path Up to Baggy Point
Baggy Point National Trust North Devon
Baggy Point South West Coast Path looking at Woolacombe

Putsborough to Woolacombe

Woolacombe Beach is 3 miles long of golden beach.

Putsborough Beach the southern end of Woolacombe beach

Can you walk from putsborough to Woolacombe? Yes you can. The beach is stunning but walking in sand for 3 miles can be difficult. The south west coast path runs just behind the beach and the dunes. This part of the walk is level hard surface suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and tramper mobility scooters.

Vegan Food

Places to eat with vegan options: Croyde Bay baggy point to Woolacombe. 

Sandleigh Tea-Room: National Trust Tea room at Baggy point state they  offer soya milk but were closed when we visited.

Cafe Croyde Bay: We stopped here and plant based milks, delicious coffee along with vegan pasties and even better vegan brownie. Stunning views over croyde bay. If you fancy surfing you can hire surfboards here.

Biffen’s Kitchen: Street food van inside Ocean Pitch Campsite which is just down the hill from the car park. Always offers vegan options.

Beach Stop Cafe:  Putsborough Beach cafe. Not open on our visit and cant find any details online so cant share much info. 

The Porthole: Middle Beach Woolacombe offer vegan sandwiches and vegan feast boxes.

Stoned Wood fired Pizza: We have seen this mobile pizza van in both Croyde and Woolacombe and offer a number of vegan plant based pizzas.

Cycling Baggy Point

Cycling is restricted at Baggy point but the National trust have an alternative route to get to Woolacombe. Cycling from croyde bay to woolacombe beach. This will take you over to Putsborough beach and along the back of woolacombe beach and the dunes.

8 Miles (4miles each way)

Bike Hire: Weekends and school holidays bikes can be hired from Baggy Point car park in conjunction with North Devon Bike Hire but require pre booking.

cycling baggy point


Baggy Point

Address: Moor Lane, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1PA

National Trust have a car park all day parking is £6 with two electric car charging points, toilets and kiosk for snacks and drinks.

Remember FREE parking to National Trust Members.

Putsborough Beach

Address: Putsborough, Braunton, N Devon, EX33 1LB

Putsborough beach car park is £10 a day and has toilets and a cafe. 


Address: The Esplanade, Woolacombe EX34 7DJ

The Esplanade Beach Car Park: Short stay parking of up to 4 hours

Sandy Burrows Car Park:

Address: Woolacombe EX34 7BN

Marine Drive: Road behind the sand dunes with parking the whole length up to 85 cars. Chargeable between 8.00 am to 6.00 pm 7 days a week and locked at 10pm.

Marine Drive is free to park from Autumn Half-Term until mid-March.

Electric Charging Points:

Parade House (Tesla) The Esplanade, Woolacombe EX34 7DL (reservation only)

Baggy Point Car Park two electric car charging points the Pod Point EV charging network. 


Ezee Cabs: 01271 871000
Woolacombe Taxis: 01271 871444
Beach Runner Taxis: 07825163284


Stagecoach South West: 21 and 21A

Baggy Point to Croyde Bay View

Louise Burton-Payne

Passionate about feeding my body a plant-based vegan food to benefit my health, save the planet and protect animals.

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