The walk follows the track high above the beach heading North towards Putsborough Down, affording spectacular views both of the beach and the headlands of Baggy Point to the South and Morte Pointe ahead. We cut sharply down the sand dunes with a bum slide onto the beach (which the kids love!) and return along the beach so the kids can unleash their energy with sea wading, rock scrambling and general beach mayhem back to the café for a well deserved ice-cream or latte!Putsborough Sands is a stunning beach at the southern end of a long glorious stretch of 3 miles of golden sand. If you’ve never visited, then put it firmly on your radar because this beach is simply beautiful. In contrast to tourist trodden Woolcombe at the northern end of the beach, Putsborough Sands is laid back, chilled out and has a much more remote air. It has the winning combination of being back to basics with nothing more than a car park and a beach shack.
Easy terrain but not suitable for buggies
1. Follow the signs to Putsborough beach and if you want to park for free, park at the top of the lane on the left just after the road turns down left into the car park.
2. Walking North with the beach on your left, you’ll see the road bends down a steep hill to the left. Don’t turn down but carry straight on to the walking track to the left of the houses.
The footpath goes through a tree tunnel which my girls always love, fantasizing about elves and goblins, and eventually meets the end of ‘Marine Drive’ (a long gravelled car park track that stretches back to Woolacombe – an excellent place to park and gaze at the views from Woolacombe with easy access to the dunes and the middle of the beach).
3. As soon as you hit the larger gravelled track of Marine Drive take the first footpath cutting off down to the beach on the left. Descend the steps (above) where you’ll come to the top of the dunes.