Welcombe Mouth Beach

Welcombe Mouth Beach - Devon
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Welcombe Mouth is a secluded and serene spot which sits on Devon’s north coast although it is often grouped together with the beaches of Bude over the border in Cornwall.

The beach is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and this coastline is known for its signature geological features - the striated and folded rock formations of the cliffs. Welcombe Mouth is also home to a dramatic waterfall as well as a range of craggy rock pools that are perfect for budding marine biologists. The entire beach is surrounded by cliffs and coastal paths bisect the area.

The main section of the beach is made up of pebbles above the tide line and golden sand below with rocks liberally dotted around the shore. The beach is mainly used by locals and one of the reasons for this is that it can be quite difficult to find. To get to Welcombe Mouth you need to drive along various narrow lanes and then walk down the track that leads to the coast, but it is well worth the effort for what is a quiet and unspoilt spot.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Rock pooling
  • Surfing

Nearest town



EX39 6HL

OS grid ref.

SS 2125 1796


There is parking near the beach

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Welcombe Mouth Beach Reviews


Aug 15th 2021

Exceptionally pot-holed access road down
Need a four wheel drive
Lots of dog mess

Steve cobbin
Aug 09th 2019

Beautiful. Secluded.
Tricky access. Spectacular cliffs and waterfall.

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