Devon: Wembury walk

South West Coast Path with Plymouth in the background

We woke up to sunny skies the following day and Andy and Teresa took us on another walk. This 7 mile circular trek had a completely different feel as part of it was next to the sea as we followed a small section of the South West Coast Path in the Wembury area of south Devon.

Plymouth with Drake’s Island to the left

Andy parked in the car park of a rugby club and the 4 of us set off towards Staddiscombe (I think) where we walked for about 45 minutes through country lanes and fields until we reached the coast path near Staddon Heights Golf Club.

Mount Edgcumbe

From the coast path, looking across Plymouth Sound, the deep inlet of water above is Mount Edgcumbe which is in Cornwall. The main entrance to Plymouth Sound is from the English Channel and as well as ships, ferry’s sail through on their way to or from Spain and France.

Chris and I have walked around Mount Edgcumbe on previous visits with Andy and Teresa. Mount Edgecumbe can be reached from Plymouth via a 10 minute small ferry ride and there are nature trails, beaches, villages and pubs to explore.

Plymouth Breakwater

Plymouth Breakwater is nearly a mile long and was opened in 1844 to protect Plymouth Sound. As we walked along the coast path we also passed next to Staddon Heights Defences which is built on the headland and was originally constructed in the 1860s to protect this area from enemy invasion. Today much of this estate is owned by the Ministry of Defence.

Bovisand Bay

Following the coast path with the sea to our right we next came to picturesque Bovisand Bay. Here we had a lovely and welcome pitstop in the Cliffedge Cafe where we enjoyed coffee and homemade cake as we sat in the sunshine.

From the cafe we made our way inland taking the path next to the caravan site. We went slightly off track as we went through some woods however thanks to OS maps we found our way back to the car.

To finish off our day Andy drove us to Noss Mayo a picturesque little village about 6 miles from Plymouth. He parked the car and we walked up the hill and into Noss Mayo which offered lovely views of Newton Creek, part of the estuary of the River Yealm.

Newton Ferrers

Looking across the estuary from Noss Mayo to Newton Ferrers. Apparently there is a ferry which takes you across the estuary which could be handy if you are walking the South West Coast Path.

Noss Mayo

The visit South Devon website explains some history about Noss Mayo including that villagers survived the black death and also that Noss Mayo was previously a haunt for smugglers.

We sat outside the Swan Inn at Noss Mayo having a refreshing drink as we decided which restaurant to visit that evening 🙂

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