North Devon has beautiful yet rugged coastline, some parts of the coast path are exposed and dangerous. Walking is a very safe activity most of the time, but it’s still important to be aware of the risks; in 2015 there were 604 lifeboat launches to walking related incidents. When walking along the coastline accidental slips can be very dangerous, be wary of steep cliff edges, inform someone of when you expect to be back, take a means of calling for help, take care in dark or slippery conditions and if you have a dog ensure they are on a lead. If your dog does get into difficulty call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, resist the temptation to attempt a rescue potentially putting yourself at risk.