North Devon Coast

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Gallantry Bower

Standing at 120 metres (400ft) high, Gallantry Bower is a small windswept headland along the South West Coast Path, comprising of scrub and coastal heath set amongst the Clovelly coastal woodlands. Legend has it that the name was either derived from the actions of lovers leaping to their doom (it is said that somewhere on Gallantry Bower you can jump off and fall to the base of the cliff without touching the side) or being the site of the village gallows. The sheer cliffs are ideal for nesting sea birds such as the Fulmar.


On the summit, adjacent to the coast path, stands the remains a small Bronze Age “Bowl Barrow” or Burial Mound that is 3,000 years old, and is a scheduled ancient monument, possibly linked to the Iron Age Hillfort at Windbury Head which is clearly visible to the west.