North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Welcombe Mouth

Sometimes rocky, sometimes sandy, Welcombe beach, out on the western edge of the AONB, is both beautiful and almost always peaceful. A great place for walking the coast path, admiring the fantastic landscape and coastal heath, you’ll spot local surfers joined by the occasional seal. Much of the land here is owned and managed by the National Trust.

Nature and Landscape

The geology of Welcombe mouth reveals a valley deeply filled with hillside scree – forming the basis of the car park and path down to the beach. 

The coastal slopes are filled with classic coastal healthland plants, animals and birds and there’s plenty of life in the sea too! The quiet country lanes nearby will lead you further into the parish of Welcombe, through the shady woodland, to the village pub, the ancient church and the Holy Well.

Welcombe Mouth is part of the Marsland to Clovelly SSSI for both wildlife and egological interest, and the Tintagel to Clovelly Special Area of Conservation.


A great spot for walking and picnicing. This rocky beach is frequented by experienced surfers only.

Arts and culture

This stretch of coast has inspired writers including Roland Duncan who lived at the nearby Marsland Mouth. The hermitage was also visited by Deep Purple.


The remote nature of this beach means the nearest conveniences and refreshments are available from the village pub and shop. You’ll pass signs for these as you enter Welcombe from the A39.

Welcombe Mouth
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