Favourite Devon Walks
  Popular Cockwood Walks
2 Popular Walks
Cockwood Harbour Cockwood Harbour
Walk 1 Starcross to Cockwood
 7.2 miles (3 hours)
 difficulty 3/4 (challenging)
Walk 2 Short Walk around Cockwood
 1.6 miles (40 mins)
 difficulty 3/4 (challenging)

Starcross is today famous for Brunel's Atmospheric Railway.In the past it was known for it's 'cockles and oysters'


Walk 1
Starcross to Cockwood (7.2 miles)

It was always a popular place during the 19th century . 'Many persons resort to it who cannot bear the stronger sea air of the coast.It had it's name from a cross which formerly stood near the landing place on the estuary'. During the regetta 'balls and assemblies' were held in The Courtenay Arms.There used to be a 'pleasure-fair on White-Wednesday'.

The walks takes you along the Exe estuary, through Cockwood and towards Mamhead.

There are two pubs in Cockwood, the Anchor Inn,specialising in seafood and once a haven for seamen and smugglers, and the Ship Inn, equally pleasant.


Starcross Free Car Park

There is one steep climb.


Walk 2
Short Walk around Cockwood (1.6 miles)

This is a very popular walk starting near Cockwood harbour involving one steady climb and descent with views of Haldon and the estuary.

View of Mamhead
View of Mamhead

The walk passes a wood on your left where , not so long ago, pigs were kept.

parking Small Parking Area off Dawlish to Starcross road, near railway line - see P on map.
 Walks near Cockwood
See the estuary and the sea stretch in front of you while you walk towards Starcross.
  Dawlish Countryside Park
A unique opportunity to enjoy Devon's native wildlife , flowers and grasses.The views of the coastline,Haldon,the Obelisk and Mamhead House are quite spectacular.
Great walks from Dawlish , known for its sandy beaches, black swans & the Brunel railway line along its coast.