Wembury Woods walk

Wembury village, Devon

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You can see deer tracks walking through Wembury woods 

You can see deer tracks walking through Wembury woods

Wembury woods has wonderful views of the river Yealm © Kit Heighway

Wembury woods has wonderful views of the river Yealm

There are two circular footpaths through Wembury Woods © Kit Heighway

There are two circular footpaths through Wembury Woods

In springtime Wembury woods are ablaze with a carpet of vibrant blue bells © David Bassett ABIPP MBE

In springtime Wembury woods are ablaze with a carpet of vibrant blue bells

There are over 40 allotments at Wembury © Lorna Sherriff

There are over 40 allotments at Wembury

Route overview

A hilly route that encompasses bluebell-filled woods, some lovely views of the Yealm river and the hedge-lined fields that lie to the east of Wembury.

Route details

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Route of the Wembury Woods walk in Devon
  • Directions
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  • Bus stop
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  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Wembury village car park, grid ref: SX528496

  1. From the car park take the surfaced path passing the tennis courts on your right. Follow the path heading over the fields towards the north of the village, passing residential buildings on your left-hand side. At the top of the field briefly turn right and then left to cross over the road and onto the path. The path passes farmlands and buildings before heading down the hill towards the woods. on the way you will cross from one field to the next over a stile next to a signpost. At the signpost pause to admire the fauna which include various berries in the right season. Head down the track to the entrance of the woods.

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    For the sharp-eyed there are deer tracks to be spotted in the woods.

    You can see deer tracks walking through Wembury woods © Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey 100023974
  2. From the edge of the fields, follow the footpaths into the woods. Often here you can see bivouacs (a temporary encampment or shelter) and other wooden structures built by local youth groups. Carry on downwards towards the river Yealm, winding between trees and bushes. You'll pass a couple of signposts for the village; at the second set of signposts head downward to the edge of the water where there is a rest area.

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    At the rest point take a seat on one of the log benches and admire the views of the Yealm and Cofflete Creek. On a good day the water can display a range of beautiful colours. Look out for local waterfowl, including swans and heron, too.

    Wembury woods has wonderful views of the river Yealm © Kit Heighway
  3. Climb back up the bank a little way to the marker, signifying you have come 2.5 miles from the village, and push on down the other side to the creek itself. Cross the picturesque wooden bridge (which is ripe for a photo opportunity) and continue on the path alongside the edge of the meadow until you come to twin posts marking the track.

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    Clear signposts keep you informed of how far you have left to go.

    There are two circular footpaths through Wembury Woods © Kit Heighway
  4. From the twin posts on the track at the bottom of the woods, pause for a minute to look out across the meadow and take in the view. Follow the steep path up to the old quarry, signalled only by large blocks of stone rather than any marker, and wander through the strangely overgrown ruins. Passing the final clearing take a right through the trees and then back on to the track, up to the gate of Traine Woods. Be careful in wet weather as the track can be muddy and slippery.

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    In spring this part of the woods is covered in a vibrant carpet of bluebells.

    In springtime Wembury woods are ablaze with a carpet of vibrant blue bells © David Bassett ABIPP MBE
  5. From the gates of Traine Woods, walk up the track to the main road and turn right towards Hollacombe. After a brief stint on the main road take the first left onto Traine road (now travelling back on yourself towards Wembury village). Eventually you will reach the Old Wheel Pub and the meet the main road again. Turn right onto the main road and after a very short distance turn left. Returning up to your start point at the car park by the community fields.

    Show/HideWembury allotments

    With the allotments we set up, the local community are now growing their own food.

    There are over 40 allotments at Wembury © Lorna Sherriff

End: Wembury village car park, grid ref: SX528496

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 5 miles (8km)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 201
  • Terrain:

    Concrete roads until the village of Hollacombe Hill; watch for cars. Tracks through the woods can get muddy. Quite hilly with plenty of ups and downs. Steps and handrails limited. Later the edges of fields serve for paths, footing can be uneven.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: South West Coast Path from Plymouth City to Heybrook Bay, then on to Warren Point, where you can take the seasonal ferry to Noss Mayo and rejoin the path through to the River Erme (low tide only). Path continues at Wonwell and towards Bigbury-on-Sea, where there are seasonal ferries to Bantham

    By bus: First 48, Plymouth to Wembury; for Wembury Point, City Bus 49, Plymouth to Heybrook Bay, via Wembury Point, Monday to Saturday

    By train: Plymouth, 10 miles

    By car: For Wembury Point and beach follow A379 from Plymouth, then turn right at Elburton, signposted Wembury

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