Canal & Coast Linear Walk
The Canal & Coast Linear Walk is approximately 6.5 miles and will take around 4 hours.
This trail starts from the large pay-and-display car park at Upper Tamar Lake (which can be accessed via a path from the Lower Lake if parking there).
Climb the stile below the café and turn right.
Follow the hedge to the right hand corner and cross the stiles into the field.
Keep straight ahead towards the far hedge, and then bear left over the fence stile.
Just before the stone barn turn right through the farm gate, and then follow the field track towards the big wooden barn.
Go through the gates and continue until you reach the concrete lane. Turn right, to pass Redway Farm and Hilltop Have. Just before the entrance to Hudsland there are great views of the lake over the fields to your right.
Bear left, rounding the corner into the drive of Darracott farm. Ahead you can see the tower of Kilkhampton Church.
Shortly, turn left through a farm gate, then head right, alongside the hedge. Cross another track and keep going.
Climb the next stile and head down through woods to a stream. (This path can be very wet and slippery so take care!)
Cross the footbridge made from a slab of granite with odd mortises, walk over the stepping stones and up to the field.
Keep ahead, past the oak tree and through the gate, following the hedge all the way.
At the far corner go through the gate and follow the right hedge to a rough track.
Keep going, through gates into the farm and yard, past the stone barn and on front of ldercombe Barton’s impressive gate.
Continue along the lane bordered by tall hedges of native trees and wild flowers. Shortly you will come to a sharp bend. Turn off to the right along a marked ‘public footpath’. Cross the style and the boardwalk and climb up into the field.
Head right, towards the distant church, to a gate in the field in the far right corner.
Go along the track, then Aldercombe Lane, which will take you into Kilkhampton.
At the main road turn left, past the New Inn and into the Square. After exploring the village and the church, walk back through the churchyard, walk back through the churchyard and exit via the small rear gate into West Street.
Turn left and follow the road out of the village for just over half a mile (1km).
Look out for the ‘pubblic footpath’ sign on your left, into the Castles (N.T), just beyond the entrance to Wildgates.
Cross the stile. Ahead is the round of ‘motte’ of a medieval castle. Climb to the top for some great views…..
Keep the castle on your right, cross another stile to the left of the motte’s base and follow the path through the woods.
Once in the field, cross straight down to a stile in the hedge bordering the lane.
Turn left and walk to the t-junction.
Turn right towards ‘Woodford’.
After a while on the left you will see a sign to ‘Sanctuary Farm’ and cottages. Follow this, then bear right along a lovely land bordering the woods.
On reaching Sanctuary Farm pass through the yard (keeping all the buildings on your right) and head towards the valley.
Go through the central gate and along the grassy track. At the end, cross into the field and keep to the right hedge and bear left to the kissing-gate in the end hedge.
At the fork in the forest track keep right and carry on into Coombe Valley.
Soon you will arrive at the pretty hamlet of Coombe. Descend to the lane and bear left to cross the footbridge by the ford.
The cottage directly ahead with the cross-shaped window was once the residence of the Rev. R S Hawker. Follow the lane to the road junction and turn left.
Just before King Williams’ Bridge turn off to your right, marked to ‘Duckpool’ and walk on until you reach the beach.
The trail ends here. More adventurous walkers may wish to join the coast path here for an extended hike to Bude.