Wembury Beach to Heybrook Bay walk

Walking trail

A moderate walk up from the bay passing fields and the former HMS Cambridge site, looping back around from Heybrook bay to take in the views of the Mewstone. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy along this stretch of coast as well as discovering Wembury Point's interesting past.

Looking towards Heybrook bay from Wembury Point


Map route for Membury Beach to Heybrook Bay walk


Wembury Bay National Trust car park, grid ref: SX515485


Wembury Beach and Old Mill: Walk back to the car park entrance (the path uphill leads to St Werburgh Church) and turn down the slipway towards Wembury Beach, passing the Old Mill Café on your left. Take the coast path on the right, running behind the beach, and follow it westwards along the cliffs.

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Langdon Beach: After about 15 minutes walk, turn right (signposted to Spring Road) and ascend the narrow path. At the next fork take the left-hand path, climbing through hawthorn, blackthorn and elder scrub.

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Marine Drive: The path emerges onto Marine Drive, the old access road to HMS Cambridge, now narrowed and landscaped by the National Trust. Turn left along the road towards the sea.

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Heybrook Bay: Soon after a five-bar gate, the path approaches the houses of Heybrook Bay; turn sharp left at the coast path waymarker and head east, past an old military boundary stone.

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Wembury Point: Follow the coast path to reach a short detour to the beach and its 19th-century boathouse. Owned by the Calmadys of nearby Langdon Court, it once had a pitched roof and chimneys, and was used by day-trippers to the Mewstone. Continue back along the coast path to Wembury Beach.

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Wembury Bay National Trust car park, grid ref: SX515485

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Wembury Beach to Heybrook Bay walk


Fairly level, with some steep climbs. The trail can be muddy after wet weather - please take care when walking on the cliff edge. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead, as Dartmoor ponies graze on much of this headland.

Wembury Beach to Heybrook Bay walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01752 346585
Wembury Beach to Heybrook Bay walk

How to get here

Wembury, Devon
By train

Plymouth station, 7 miles (11km).

By road

3.5 miles (5.5km)  from A379 at Elburton, follow signs for Wembury.

By foot

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

By bus

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. See Sustrans website for more information.

Wembury Beach to Heybrook Bay walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park at Wembury Beach and Wembury Point
  • Refreshments and toilets at Wembury Beach
  • Refreshments at Heybrook Bay