Wembury to Bovisand Coast Path Circular

A circular walk taking in one of the easier stretches of the South West Coast path between Wembury and Bovisand, with a circular return along lanes and paths via Staddiscombe. Most of the gradients are gentle, with a few steep sections. Can be combined with a walk to Warren Point for a longer route.

Technical sheet
No. 3048872
A Wembury walk posted on 04/03/20 by Nick K. Update : 20/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 7.68mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 719ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 715ft
Highest point Highest point : 377ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wembury
Starting point Starting point : N 50.317635° / W 4.083305°
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Looking towards Plymouth Bovisand Lane Great Mewstone


(D/A) From the car park, walk down the steps between the cafe and public convenience and turn right to follow the coast path.

(1) At the signpost, follow the path towards Minehead (only 424 miles away!). Continue along the path, which is well-used, for just over a mile to Heybrook Bay. Out to sea is the Great Mew Stone, and as you approach Wembury Point you will see the Radar station on the headland above you.

(2) The path joins a private road at Heybrook Bay. Follow the road down to the bottom of the valley, turn left and cross the bridge/ford, then turn left again down a track to follow the coast path towards Bovisands.

(3) The coast path emerges into Bovisands Park holiday centre. Follow the private road through the centre until you reach the county road after the large car park.

(4) Turn left and walk down towards the beach, past the static caravan park.

(5) Turn right onto a narrow lane. The lane broadens then joins a stream as it climbs up through the valley, before joining the county road at Little Lane.

(6) Go straight on and walk up the road until you reach the junction.

(7) Cross the junction carefully - the road can be busy - and go straight on. Follow the road around to the right until it reaches the main road.

(8) Carefully cross the main road and take the path along the track. This is the Erme Plym Trail. Follow the path into the fields and follow the arrow markers along the hedge, across a field and steeply down into the valley. Cross a pair of footbridges, and follow the path as it climbs the valley and through the fields.

(9) At the road, turn right and follow the road past Traine Farm.

(10) Turn right onto the footpath and follow the path through the fields.

(11) Where the path divides, follow the Erme Plym Trail to the left down into the valley and down to the road.

(12) When you reach the road turn left, then turn right onto the bridle path. There is an alternative high-level footpath, which may be drier underfoot but which may be partially obstructed. Both paths lead to exactly the same place.

(13) At the road, take the road ahead towards Wembury Beach, then take the left-hand road towards St Werburgh's Church before turning right onto the footpath. This footpath will lead you back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 36ft - Wembury Beach car park
1 : mi 0.09 - alt. 39ft - SW Coast Path signpost at Wembury Beach
2 : mi 1.64 - alt. 89ft - Heybrook Bay
3 : mi 2.76 - alt. 3ft - Bovisand Park Holiday Centre
4 : mi 3.32 - alt. 46ft - Road at Bovisand
5 : mi 3.42 - alt. 39ft - Turning towards Staddiscombe
6 : mi 4.4 - alt. 308ft - County road at Little Lane
7 : mi 4.69 - alt. 338ft - Road junction - take care
8 : mi 5 - alt. 335ft - Main road
9 : mi 6.03 - alt. 374ft - Path joins road
10 : mi 6.4 - alt. 259ft - Path acrosds fields
11 : mi 6.69 - alt. 272ft - Fork in path
12 : mi 6.99 - alt. 138ft - County road
13 : mi 7.49 - alt. 85ft - Road to Wembury Beach
D/A : mi 7.68 - alt. 39ft - Wembury Beach car park

Useful Information


This walk can be combined with a walk to Warren Point, which will add 3.5 miles to the route, by taking the road to the church at (13), then turning left into the graveyard and joining the path by turning left again in the field beyond.


Ordnance Survey OL20 South Devon

Food and drink

There are cafes at Wembury Beach and at Bovisand. These are not open all year round. There is a pub about 300 yards up the hill from Heybrook Bay.


There are public lavatories at Wembury Beach, Andurn Point and Bovisand.

Walking conditions

The coast path is well marked and well used. It will be muddy after rainfall with deep puddles in places. The paths across the fields are clearly waymarked. The roads are fairly quiet country lanes.


The car park at Wembury Beach is a pay and display National Trust car park. In high season this car park can become full. Alternative parking is at Bovisand, a privately owned Pay and Display car park.

Public Transport

A regular bus service runs Monday to Saturday from Plymouth city centre to Sea View Drive in Wembury.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

(D) Wembury Bay has a Marine Centre with displays about local wildlife.
(1) The coast around Wembury Beach is well-known for its excellent rock pools, which are teeming with marine life.
Wembury Point was once the site of a holiday camp, then used for coastal defence in WW2. After the war, it became the home to HMS Cambridge gunnery school. This closed in 2001 and the area has been bought and opened up by the National Trust, but a radar facility can still be seen above the headland.
Other remnants of the area's military history can be seen on the route: Brownhill Battery can be seen from (4) Bovisand, and at one of the road junctions (7) there is a still a 'pillbox' built to defend the road during WW2.

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