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Wembury Beach - Devon

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The delightful beach at Wembury is set in a cove, backed by low rise cliffs and has lots to offer beachgoers. Behind the beach, the gently rolling Devon hills and pretty Wembury Church provide a picturesque backdrop whilst the beach itself is mainly sand, although there are some areas of rocks and shingle. At low tide a good-sized expanse of clean sand is revealed.

Apart from the picturesque setting, what makes this beach stand out is the spectacular shore life to be found here. This is one of the best rockpooling destinations in the country. Explorers have a good chance of finding crabs, sea anemones, limpets, starfish, pipe fish, sea scorpions and green sea-urchins among the rockpools. The best time to come here to explore the rockpools is just before low tide, so check tidal tables to get the most out of your visit. There are organized rock pool rambles run by the National Trust, who manage the area, and also by Wembury Marine Centre.

Apart from rockpooling, the beach is also a popular surf spot attracting weekend crowds from nearby Plymouth. Snorkeling and diving are good here too as there are some good reefs around the cove. Wembury Sailing Club has its base on the beach.

The water quality here is excellent and the relatively shallow waters of the cove make it a popular place to paddle and play in the waves. Children will need to be properly supervised as there is no lifeguard though.

From the beach there are views over the Mewstone, a rocky island with a distinctive triangular shape. In past time the island was used as a refuge for smugglers and even as a prison. The island is now owned by the National Trust and used as a bird sanctuary. Visitors are not permitted. During the summer months, basking sharks are sometimes spotted in the waters around the rock.

East of the beach (on your left as you face the sea), the South West Coastal Path leads to a ferry point, from which it is possible to cross over to Noss Mayo.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned between May and September.

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Activities

  • Swimming/bathing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town

Plymouth

Postcode

PL9 0HR

OS grid ref.

SX 5168 4843

Water quality

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