Walking

Walking trail

Take a stroll around Wembury Point

Walking trail

This walk will blow the cobwebs away. Views across the bay to the mysterious Great Mewstone. Discover the headland's past, still evident if you look closely, and a wide variety of wildlife, on land, sea and water.

A linear (1.2 mile) and circular (1.9 mile) trail around Wembury Point. The trail takes in the views of Wembury Bay, Plymouth Sound and the impressive Great Mewstone.

Wembury, South West Devon

Map

Map route for take a stroll around Wembury Point

Start:

Wembury Point car park, grid ref: SX503487

1

Go through the gate from the car park and follow the tarmac Marine Drive (The old access road to HMS Cambridge). The Radar station is still functioning and is located on the hill to your right. There is a picnic area located just off the path, a few yards from the gate with views of the Mewstone and the Bay, as well as a number of benches dotted along this route.

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2

You will reach a second five-bar gate. Turn sharp left and follow the path downhill. Continue straight at the next gate. After this gate, the road widens. Turn right, following the grass path to the gated entrance and steps down to the slipway. Here you can access a small beach and visit the old boathouse.

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3

For the shorter (1.2 mile/1.9km) linear trail, stop at the entrance to the slipway and return to the car park. Retrace your steps, following the tarmac road back up the hill.

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4

The old boathouse and lido: Before the gate to the slipway (the boathouse is located next to the bottom of the slipway), turn right and follow the coast path heading west. There is access to the beach again just after a small gate where the old lido was located. Continue along the path, going through a second gate where you will then approach a steeper section of path. After a third small gate you will pass an old military marker stone on your left, marked ‘No.10’ with a picture of an anchor on its rear face.

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5

The path then approaches the houses of Heybrook Bay. At the first white house turn sharp right at the coast path way marker and follow the path uphill. You will pass a National Trust omega marked 'Wembury Point & Mewstone'. Go through the gate, and follow the tarmac road until you reach the five-bar gate. Follow the path up the tarmac drive which leads to the car park.

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End:

Wembury Point car park, grid ref: SX503487

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Take a stroll around Wembury Point

Terrain

Easy going on tarmac paths, with some steep climbs. The later sections of the trail which follow the coast path can be muddy after wet weather.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead as Dartmoor ponies graze on much of this headland.

Take a stroll around Wembury Point

Contact us

Take a stroll around Wembury Point

How to get here

Address
Wembury Point Car Park, Spring Rd, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 0BA
By train

Plymouth, 7 miles (11.2km).

By road

3.9 miles (6.3km) from A379 at Elburton. Nearest postcode: PL9 0BA.

By foot

Join the walk from South West Coast Path from Heybrook Bay or Bovisand.

By bus
Plymouth City Bus 49, Plymouth to Heybrook Bay (limited service).
By bicycle

Undulating cycle ride from Plymouth to Wembury along fairly busy A roads and quieter rural roads. National Cycle Network Route 2 and Route 27 pass through Plymouth.

Take a stroll around Wembury Point

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead
  • Car Park (free to National Trust members)
  • Refreshments at Wembury beach and Heybrook Bay (not National Trust)