Walking and The South West Coast Path
We welcome walkers at Mellstock House for one night or more. You can take off your walking gear seated indoors (we have a wipe clean carpet so no need to worry!) or outside on our sunny balcony. We have boot trays and we also have a drying room where we can dry off wet boots and clothing for you (but of course it never rains in North Devon!!!).
You are welcome to have a complimentary hot drink in the bar before (or after) we show you up to your room. We offer a wide choice of delicious home cooked evening meals which can be ordered on your arrival. Should you want an early start we are happy to provide breakfast earlier than 8am. If we are your last B&B before your journey home we have information on public transport. We also offer pickups and drop offs. There is a luggage transfer service www.luggagetransfer.co.uk or we may be able to help with this. Pack lunches are available on request.
*NEW*: After numerous requests from guests unable to get a one night booking in Woolacombe we are now offering a free pick up and drop off for walkers staying more than one night. Leave here in the morning and we will pick you up in Woolacombe that evening and drop you back there the following morning. You save on luggage transfers or if you normally carry your own bags you can have a day without carrying (which must be good!!!)
- Free pick up and drop off for walkers staying more than one night
- Luggage transfers available
- Boot trays and drying room
- Early breakfast available
- Pack lunches available on request
The coastal path runs along the bottom of our garden!
Local and Circular Walks
Many walkers fall in love with the area and come back.
There are so many walks of breathtaking beauty besides the South West coast path.
The frozen lichen at Tarr Steps on Exmoor in winter can bring to mind Narnia; the sunken miners’ trails over Knapp Down lead to stunning views over our valley with its Norman church sitting in the village. From the end of January through February, there are beautiful snowdrops in the valleys nearby. The abundance of wild flowers in the spring and summer; violets, bluebells, gorse, red-campion, rosebay willow herb and heather to name but a few are beautiful along the coast path, in the wooded areas and on the moor. There are a number of short walks through Old Combe Martin to discover packhorse bridges, lime kilns, narrow lanes and bridleways. You can walk along the miles of sandy beaches and dunes just a few miles away. These are considered by some to be among the five best beaches in the world.
Walking on Exmoor which extends right to the coast, you can be on open moorland one minute, wooded valleys with rushing streams such as Watersmeet, followed by little self contained villages where you can stop and relax with a pack lunch or pub lunch. You are likely to see Exmoor ponies and of course the goats around Valley of the rocks.
We have many more in books and leaflets at Mellstock and maps are available.