The Lamanche Village Path (East Coast Trail Association map #9) runs from the charmingly picturesque village of Tors Cove, ending at the stunningly dramatic Lamanche Bridge, built by the East Coast Trail Association in the same location as previous foot bridges. The most recent of these was destroyed by an intense storm in 1966, at which time the small fishing village of Lamanche was resettled to adjacent communities. A major part of this path is on rural roads passing through villages like Burnt Cove, St Micheals, Seals Cove and Bauline East, after which, for the most part, it follows the route of an old cart track that went to Lamanche village. There is a steep climb out of Bauline East up a private road that starts on gravel, later narrowing to a walking trail at the northern boundary of the Lamanche Provincial Park. The trail passes in quick succession a number of forests at different growth stages. There is a side trail to the interesting Doctors Cove, with its beach strewn with gigantic rocks and boulders. Soon after passing the amazing Black Gulch, signs of human occupation appear – foundations, rock walls, constructed foot paths. As the trail turns east towards the Lamanche Bridge the trail mainly consists of boardwalks and stairs through a steep-sided forest, ending at the bridge, from where you may, if it has rained recently, be lucky enough to see a waterfall roaring down the nearby cliff face.
Trail Distance: 6.4 km (4 mi.)
At Tors Cove, park in the lot immediately to the east of the church; the trailhead is to the right of the fish-plant when facing the ocean. At Bauline East, park at the designated area next the the harbour, and walk up the road up the hill. At the Lamanche Road end, park at the end of the paved part of the Lamanche road, the first left turn to the south of the entrance to the Lamanche Provincial Park, and continue on foot to the Lamanche Bridge. A detailed map of this path is available from the East Coast Trail Association (http://eastcoasttrail.ca/). The East Coast Trail Association is a registered charity, member supported and volunteer based.