Baggy point is an imposing precipice of North Devon headland. The spectacular curvature of the cliff face; projecting out to open sea and far reaching coastal views has allowed Baggy Point to become an iconic landmark and sought after destination for walkers. It is now protected by the National Trust.
Baggy point overlooks Croyde Bay; with strong riptides and fierce offshore winds, Croyde is one of the most testing and renowned surfing beaches in North Devon. There are several coastal paths through Croyde and around Baggy Point. These beautiful, scenic walks allow you to explore the undulating, rugged headland while being observed and often followed by the local inhabitants. Some of the more notorious paths push you out over dramatic cliffs and leave you defenceless against the crashing waves below.
In the summer, Baggy is crawling with tourists and for lack of a one-way system, polite brushes and gentle nods from people restraining excitable dogs and children, together with those awkward little encounters over the sparse benches to picnic on, creates a shared uplifting atmosphere as you meander along the paths. With the sun glistening over the silky sea, the feeling is one of escapism and tranquility.
In the autumn and winter months, it’s still a popular destination for many. The untamed ruggedness of the headland is harder to navigate in misty conditions and the liberty of no hand rails wears off during a walk in strong, callous winds. However, this is how I like Baggy most. The stunning views escort those who choose to walk these particular paths for the feeling of rejuvenation and to lose themselves in the jagged, wild surroundings.
This time of year, when you reach the iconic cliff of Baggy Point, stood out alone facing the sea, it has a kind of desolate beauty. Often little groups of sheep are perilously nestled into the uneven troughs of Baggy's surface, adding to the archetypal, headland image.
The walks around Baggy Point are enchanting and the elegant curve of the cliff means you can walk right down along Baggy’s spine and join it’s affinity with the sea.