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.
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.
Walking Baggy Point
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Stagecoach South West: 21 and 21A