Total steps: 4
Total steps: 4
National Trust Car Park, EX39 6L ; grid ref: SS212179
From the car park head for the stream, over the stepping stones and turn right at the waymarker to walk up the valley. If the river is in flood you can follow the footpath up the river on this side.
Extending the route
This walk can be extended after crossing the stepping stones. Follow the steep path up to Knap Head and then onto the clifftop Iron Age hill fort at Embury Beacon. You can then return the way you came or follow the waymarkers back down a wooded valley.
Upon reaching the bridge turn right onto the road.
Look out for wild daffodils during spring along the river.
Follow the road to the crossroads and head back down the lane towards the car park.
View of Welcombe Mouth
Don't forget to glance over your shoulder at the sweeping view.
After passing the National Trust sign look out for a small gate on the right. Pass through this gate and the impressive view unfolds before you. Follow this path back to the car park.
National Trust Car Park; grid ref: SS212179
The route is relatively flat with gentle slopes. There are stepping stones across the stream and steps around the route, with one stile, one bridge to cross and one pedestrian gate to go through. The route can be slippery when wet.
Welcombe Mouth National Trust car park
Barnstaple, 26 miles (42km) from Welcombe.
On the South West Coast Path between Hartland Quay and Morwenstow.
Directions same as by road. Please be aware these are busy main roads.
From Bude: Take the A39 through Kilkhampton, turn left signposted Welcombe. Follow signs to Welcombe Mouth and continue along rough track to the car park.
From Bideford: Take the A39, continue past the Hartland turning and turn right signposted Welcombe. Follow signs to Welcombe Mouth and continue along rough track to the car park.
Dogs are welcome under close control
National Trust car park
Nearest toilets and refreshments in Welcombe and Kilkhampton
The route is unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as some sections are quite narrow and there are stepping stones, steps and stiles.
Explore this circular coastal walk at East Titchberry near Hartland Point, with stunning views along the South West Coast Path.
This two mile circular route starts and finishes at the National Trust car park at Brownsham. Enjoy quiet woodland and sea views, as well as natural history and sites of archaeological interest.
This is a four-mile circular route starting and finishing at Peppercombe Bothy. It passes through wooded valleys and quiet lanes, and incorporates part of the South West Coast Path.
This invigorating four and a half mile circular route from East Titchberry incorporates bridleway, farm tracks, quiet lanes and beautiful Devon scenery: perfect for horse riding.
Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.
Get safety tips for walking by the coast, including the essential clothing and equipment to take with you and what to do before you set out.
Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.
The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.