The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Cobbler Path.
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Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:
Cobbler Path runs from Outer Cove to Logy Bay.
Check the map for the following details:
- The trail is 4.4 km in length, excluding long side trails and the 1.3 km access trail to the south trailhead.
- The north trailhead is at the end of Doran’s Lane in Outer Cove.
- The south trailhead is at the end of Red Cliff Road in Logy Bay.
- Check the map for designated parking areas.
- Get a bird’s eye view of Cobbler Path with Bing Maps.
This path was once called Red Cliff Path, but since its official inclusion in the East Coast Trail it’s been named after a small stream about halfway down the trail: the Cobbler.
Before you hike this trail from end to end, it’s worth mentioning that it can be enjoyed in several different and much shorter ways. I frequently hike it from the Doran’s Lane trailhead to Torbay Point and back, an easy but beautiful 2 km roundtrip.
Another option is hiking it from the Red Cliff Road parking area to the viewpoint at the old WWII bunker and back, maybe including the trail towards the Logy Bay viewpoint as well. Those options will run you about 3 km (return hike to bunker) or 5 km (return hike to bunker + Logy Bay viewpoint). These shorter options won’t get you to the secluded Cobblers Hole near the Cobbler though, you’ll have to hike a bit further to see that.
From Torbay Point, as well as from the bunker and from the top of Red Cliff, you can enjoy an amazing view of the ocean, seemingly almost straight down. In the summertime this means that Cobbler Path is spectacularly suited for watching whales, you can easily spot them beneath you from the 130m high cliffs, or if you feel the need you can even climb all the way down to the water at Torbay Point and Cobblers Hole for a closer look at these massive marine mammals.
Scenic spots on Cobbler Path:
- Torbay Point gives you a view of the bay and the ocean, doubling your chances of seeing something interesting.
- The old WWII bunker on Red Cliff is an easily accessible 130m high platform from which to spot whales and icebergs.
- Cobblers Hole is a nice and quiet place for lunch away from it all.
- Logy Bay Viewpoint offers a great view of Sugarloaf Head and the Ocean Sciences Centre.
- The abandoned Radar Station is in a state of total dilapidation, but still worth a visit.
Berries you can find on Cobbler Path include blueberries, raspberries, partridgeberries, crackerberries, creeping snowberries, wild strawberries and chuckley pears.
Photos and stories featuring Cobbler Path:
- Night on Torbay Point - April 2017
- Blizzard at Torbay Point - February 2017
- Ghost of Torbay Point - October 2016
- Dawn on Red Cliff - September 2016
- Foggy day on Cobbler Path - June 2016
- This is winter - March 2016
- Winter weather on Torbay Point - January 2016
- What’s happening on Red Cliff? - November 2015
- Foggy sunset on Torbay Point - October 2015
- Snow on Torbay Point - March 2014
- Flying into the sun - November 2013
- A cold morning at the Cobbler - January 2013
- Fresh snow on Cobbler Path - November 2012
- Goodbye fog! - November 2012
- Summer hiking - July 2012
- Birds of Torbay Point - July 2012
- Bundle up, June is here… - June 2012
- Spring snow - April 2012
- More distant icebergs - March 2012
- Lost & Found - February 2012
- Cold sunset on Torbay Point - September 2011
- East Coast Trail berry picking update - August 2011
- Chilly August day - August 2011
- Little Brown Job - July 2011
- The Rooms, without a view - June 2011
- Whale sounds in the fog - June 2011
- Spring Fog - June 2011
- Cobbler Path on Bing Maps - May 2011
- Foggy Cobbler Path - April 2011
- Short & Sweet: 7 easy hikes - April 2011
- Flurries and a sunset - March 2011
- Red Cliff Graffiti - March 2011
- A winter walk on Red Cliff - February 2011
- Good Afternoon - February 2011
- 2010 Geminids over Newfoundland - December 2010
- A bit of snow on Red Cliff - December 2010
- A day off, or is it - November 2010
- Stairway - October 2010
- Night on Red Cliff - September 2010
- Hey Jupiter - September 2010
- September already - September 2010
- Blueberry skies - August 2010
- Ghost plants on Cobbler Path - August 2010
- Humpback Whales - August 2010
- Finbacks near Stiles Cove - August 2010
- 5 x East Coast Trail - June 2010
- Trail Graffiti - May 2010
- Logy Bay & Torbay Point - March 2010
- Real Snow - December 2009
- Stun Breeze - December 2009
- Less than 9 hours - November 2009