Bucks Mills is a small village, about 3 miles from Clovelly, just off the A39. Bucks Mills is a pretty little village with a stream running down the middle, which used to power the corn mill. There are no shops, tourism doesn’t seem to be sought after here and there is no parking in the village; you must stop at Bucks Wood and walk the short distance in.
Follow the street down toward the beach and you will find the South West Coast Path. At the end of the street just above the beach is the ‘Cabin’, a small National Trust owned property, the summer home of Mary Stella Edwards and Judith Ackland between the 1920s and ’70s, two talented artists, who’s work can been seen at the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford.
The Cabin overlooks the remains of an old lime kiln from the 1760s and below this is ‘the Gut’, a sandy inlet which was created when the rock was blasted by gunpowder by Richard Cole, Lord of the Manor of Bucks, in Elizabethan times when he was building the harbour. At low tide, the large boulders are the remains of what once was the “Old Quay”. Local Legend says that this rocky spit is the remains of a causeway built by the Devil to enable him to get to Lundy Island: when the stick of his Devon shovel broke, he abandoned the enterprise.
There really isn’t much to see at Bucks Mills, however, if you like to visit little Devonshire villages and wander in the outdoors this is a good place to spend the day. Be aware that the road to the village from the A39 is quite narrow in places and rather winding, and the only place to park is in the car park beside the woodland, which has an opening only big enough for cars. Campers are not allowed and we don’t think big vans could get through the gap either. We went in a car this day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.