Spotting seals in Morthoe

This has to be one of the most breathtaking sections of the North Devon coastline (although I probably say that a lot!). From a birds eye view of the wide expanse of sands at Woolacombe beach to sharp and moody rock formations that would look better placed in Game of Thrones, it’s a certainly a stretch that is a treat to experience.

We normally access the route via the road which runs through the village with the quintessential Post Office on the corner. You’ll walk along a residential street, but will eventually spot the North Morte Well on your right (make sure to throw in a penny and make a wish), which is directly opposite the path entrance. We tend to head straight down and then take a left when we reach the cliffs. However, if you take a right you can reach Rockham Beach and Bull Point, but I’ll save that for another post!

You could also access this same section of coastpath by cutting past The Ship Aground pub in Morthoe village and heading past the graveyard. I highly recommend just following your intuition, as there are so many different trails, that will all lead you towards the coast with different vantage points.

This wild and remote section of coastline boasts so much beauty! No matter the time of year, Morthoe always delights with dramatic landscapes. During the winter months, the stormy seas and jagged rocks will reveal just why it has a history of shipwrecks, yet in the summer months the golden hour boasts some of the best sunsets you’ll ever witness.

I can’t remember a time that I’ve been walking in this area and haven’t been lucky enough to spot a seal, sometimes more! They seem to absolutely adore the rocky outcrops which lie just before the corner leading to the distinctive grey and white dramatic headland of Morte Point. You’ll often know they’re there before you even see them as fellow excitable walkers let you know as they pass you by.

Whether they’re bathing on a rock, or bobbing up and down in the sea, they really are mesmerising to watch. A recommendation would be to take a picnic and set up camp on the grass, as hours can easily pass by, while you view them in their natural habitat (binoculars are an excellent shout if you want to see them close up)!

When you do turn the corner (after hopefully admiring a seal or two!) you’ll be met with breathtaking views across the ocean towards Baggy Point. You’ll also Woolacombe beach in all its glory, and this is where you’ll want to view the sunset. We were lucky enough to experience this on a recent walk in November and it really was a blessing!

There are very steep sections of path but you’re often rewarded with a beautiful view and a well placed bench for a cheeky rest. You can’t be blamed for wanting to take a seat when you can see right out across the ocean like this!

I must mention that this section of the South West Coastal Path does tend to get very muddy in the colder, wetter months, so I would advise walking boots or wellies where possible. I trialled my brand new pair that I received for Christmas today and it’s safe to say they are now well worn in!

I’m writing this post with wind burnt cheeks after a blowy afternoon spent walking here, but can honestly say it is so refreshing to get out amongst the elements and relish in the beauty of this lesser known spot (yet right next door to award-winning Woolacombe)! Make sure to let me know if you go exploring in this sensational and striking area – I’d love to hear about it.

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