Bucks Mills

The North Devon coast runs from Foreland Point, just beyond Lynton and Lynmouth, on the Exmoor Devon/Somerset border and all points in between until the Devon/Cornwall border at Welcombe. It is peppered with pretty coastal villages, the most famous being Clovelly. A much smaller and less well known village is Bucks Mills in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  It can be easily accessed off the A39 at Bucks Cross between Bideford and Clovelly and is an ideal base for exploring local beaches and the most stunning section of the South West Coast Path making it a great place to stay for a weekend break or holiday. Bucks Mills was once the home of the infamous Braund Family and at one time the Braunds, lived in every cottage in the village. Today a smattering of local residents live there but the majority are let to holidaymakers and although the village itself has no amenities the Post Office Stores at Bucks Cross has everything you need and sells fresh local produce including some of the best sausages, bacon and eggs you’ll ever taste. During the summer one of the cottages sells takeaway tea and coffee and ice cream. Bucks Mills beach is down a fairly steep, but paved path to the quay and slipway. It’s a rocky foreshore perfect for a little fishing, those interested in geology or little rock poolers. Beyond the quay is a waterfall. Most popular is The Gut, a wide sandy stretch of sand between the rocks which emerges when the tide is out. The Southwest Coast Path runs through the village walkers can take a break or explore this rugged section from Bucks Mills to Clovelly and Hartland Point to the west or east through ancient woodland to the next cove at Peppercombe and onwards to Westward Ho!  In May this is a wonderful opportunity for nature lovers to see bluebells and other wild flowers. In the winter of 2014 an almighty storm washed away the original slipway and the Quay was breached. After tireless work and campaigning by local residents and other agencies it has been restored to it’s former glory. There was an official opening ceremony in July 2015 and a new plaque was unveiled on the quay wall.
Points of interest: St. Anne’s Church, Bucks Woods, The Cabin, The Lime Kiln, The Gor, The Gut, The Waterfall. 
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Bucks Mills: Photo Pat Adams (All rights reserved)
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The fully restored Quay and Slipway July 2015 - Photo Pat Adams (All rights reserved)
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The Gut or Gutway. Photo copyright Pat Adams (All rights reserved)
PLEASE NOTE. This is not classed as a bathing beach, there are no lifeguards. Great care must be taken in the water and beneath the cliffs and waterfall. Mobile signals may not work on this secluded cove, if you are walking along the shore it is easy to be cut off by the tide so always check Tide Tables before you venture out.  If you are walking the South West Coast Path check Southwest Coast Path website for information, updates and route diversions.

DIRECTIONS:
By Car Take A39 Atlantic Highway from Bideford/Bude turn at Bucks Cross Post Office drive down winding road passing St. Anne's Church on the left, then Bucks Woods entrance on the right until you come to the public car park. Parking in village is for residents/guests only/no parking in the village square
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