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Wembury Beach, Yealm Estuary Circular (4m)

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Wembury Beach, Yealm Estuary Circular – A lovely walk of two halves

The cliffs and views of the open coast out to the Great Mewstone, then around to the mouth of the Yealm estuary with its busy harbour, wooded valleys and pretty villages.


This walk crosses one of our beautiful estuaries, make sure you check the ferry timetable to help plan your route.


Wembury beach car park
4 miles
Easy. Fairly level after the initial climb up from the beach, some steps. Unsurfaced paths, might be muddy across the fields when wet.
Wembury beach car park (National Trust)
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
Public transport
Buses to Wembury – Ferry details for Yealm estuary, see
Cafes and pubs in Wembury and across via the ferry in Newton Ferrers or Noss Mayo.
Wembury beach


Note – please keep dogs on a lead due to grazing ponies and stock.


  1. Take the path at the far end of the car park which zig-zags up the hill
  2. Go through the gate and continue up the slope. As the path heads back down, go through the gate and bear left along the top path, away from the worn path which leads to Season Point.
  3. Follow the path over a footbridge and through some gates towards Rocket Cottage.
  4. At this point, if you want to catch the seasonal ferry across the estuary take the path down to the right, or for a short cut back to the village, take the path to the left. At the next fingerpost a short diversion straight ahead, signed to Warren Point and Ferry brings you to a bench from which is a panoramic view of the river and village. Then return to the fingerpost and follow the waymarked Thorn Path down  into Clitters Wood, taking the upper route at the fork, which leads up out of the trees. Remain on this path up the hill and across the field.
  5. Head across the field towards the stone wall, then turn sharp left and follow the field edge and wall to reach the gates of a stock-handling area.
  6. Turn right and follow the track uphill, then round to the left and out onto Warren Lane. Turn right towards Wembury village. Remain on this path across the junction near the big barn.
  7. Take the unpaved green lane to your left, signed Brownhill lane. Follow it as it veers to the right and narrows to a shady path.
  8. Take the path to the left (signposted to church and beach), which skirts the village, running along the backs of houses and through a gate. Turn right through a second gate to cross 3 fields and emerge onto a lane. Turn left, then right onto a track which soon descends through a field towards St Werburgh’s Church. A gate leads onto the coast path and down to the car park.

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