St Anchorite’s Rock

I’ve wanted to walk to this outcrop for quite a while now, probably about 17 or 18 years, since spying the rock from my many visits to Revelstoke caravan park. The only tricky part was trying to make a bit of a loop of it, being that I’m not a fan of the out and back walk. A look on Google maps gave a couple of tracks leading towards the road from near to St Anchorite’s, but when there on the ground any gates had “private” written in bold letters on it. There were a couple of dog walkers who appeared and disappeared by a gate very near to the rock, but I didn’t get chance to ask them if it was a right of way or if they were just owners of the houses near by. In the end we returned through an unmarked gate/fence and across a farmers field to the road before heading back. The weather was stunning and perfect for this walk and with a little more time we would have continued to Mothecombe and the mouth of the River Erme, before heading back. Still it was good to be out with the boys again on a walk which was just a little over 4 miles, looking at my next coastal walk already, The Cornwall coast I think will be next.

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I’ll start with an apology for the photo quality, they were taken on my phone camera, which was a mistake, the first 3 or 4 photos were so bad that I haven’t included them, and those I have aren’t great. Still this is a view looking back to the caravan park at Revelstoke with Stoke Point on the left

The tea house as it is known locally on Beacon Hill

Looking east from the tea house

And some parts of Dartmoor to the north. That’s Western Beacon I think

Downhill very steeply at this point. As my youngest demonstrates we were hanging on to the fence as the ground was very, very greasy. Still St Anchorite’s Rock is dead ahead

Bigbury Bay is out to the right and Burgh Island can be seen just off the headland over there

The tea house can be seen looking back. The furthest headland is Stoke Point

Getting close now

Its a decent size, to climb to the top head to the bottom left corner and you will catch a path which leads part way, then its a 3 or 4 point climb over the rocks up to the right

Worth the climb though

The boys made it also, but then again they are like mountain goats up these sorts of things. The chap behind the boys in the field has just come out of a gate to the right of him, not sure where that leads to and could never find out. We returned back to the dark patch (small inlet with trees) just beyond that field with the fella in and then headed up to the right across the green field after the inlet.

Back on the road and into the sun, it was nice and warm walking here and far easier than the up and down of the coastal path. I always find coastal walking to be far more tiring than Dartmoor due to all the descents and ascents required

Lots of farms around here lots have footpaths passing around or through them, most are marked on the OS

One last look to Bigbury Bay and the coast

The boys know the way back to the car park. It was good to have some fine sunshine for our first coastal walk of the year.


4 thoughts on “St Anchorite’s Rock

    • There’s a fine path around the coast of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, called the South West Coastal path. In total it is 630 miles in length. This walk is a small part of it and it all looks this pretty.

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