North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Watermouth Cove

Watermouth cove is home to a picturesque and sheltered harbour, close to Watermouth Castle.


During the Second World War, Watermouth harbour was used for an experimental project known as PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean). A pipeline was laid from Swansea to Watermouth in 1942 as part of the D-Day preparations, and it was used to ascertain the feasibility of constructing a similar pipeline to supply the Allied Troops with fuel during the invasion of Normandy.  The 1889 & 1904 OS maps show around 10 mooring posts to have been present then.


Watermouth cove is a great place to enjoy the scenery of the AONB and to explore this section of the South West Coast Path; keep your eyes open for marine life out to sea and the classic coastal flora and fauna.

Please note – If heading southwest please ensure you are very careful when navigating the short stretch of coast path that crosses the main road.

Watermouth cove is also enjoyed for it’s sea fishing and sailing.


Watermouth is on a regular bus route.

There is a private, fee charging car park at Watermouth Harbour.

Watermouth Yacht Club