Area & Heritage: Places Of Natural Beauty

Here is a wonderful selection of beaches, whether you are looking for golden sands, waterfalls or secluded coves with rock pools.

Welcombe Mouth
Welcombe Mouth is one of Devon’s hidden coastal gems, a remote and wild Atlantic coastal valley with spectacular and highly visible geology. The steep-sided valley is particularly unspoilt and has scrubland and natural vegetation that gives an untamed and treasured atmosphere. 

With the wave cut platforms and folded rocks of the beach and cliffs facing the full might of the Atlantic Ocean and a wild, rugged and unspoilt valley behind, it is all too easy to imagine it as the haunt of smugglers and wreckers in years gone by. Located on the Cornish border the coastline at Welcombe is one of the most dramatic, spectacular and yet peaceful stretches of coast. 

Nestling between the high headlands of Warren Point and Steeple Point (both over 100 metres high).
Duckpool is approached via a wooded valley. With a small free car park, this beach is a good starting point for a coast path walk south to Sandymouth.

Lovely views south to Trevose Head. Sandy beach at low tide but not suitable for swimmers.

Hartland Quay
The spectacular cliffs at Hartland Quay with their incredibly contorted rock layers are always worth a visit and at low tide there is plenty of sand, rock pools and rocks to scramble over.

With access to the South West Coastal Path both North and South from the Quay, it makes an ideal start/finish point for a wide variety of walks.

Mouth Mill Cove
A free National Trust car park at Brownsham leads to a pretty one-mile woodland walk down to Mouth Mill, a very quiet location dominated by Black Church Rock with its two vast windows carved out by the tide.

Access to the South West Coast Path to either Clovelly north or Hartland Point south.

Delightful fairly steep one mile walk from Horns Cross through woodland passing a myriad of flora and fauna. There is a constant sound of water as the stream makes its way through the valley to the sea by way of a mini waterfall. Unique red cliffs with sand along the beach at low tide, this is possibly the quietest and most secluded beach in the area.

As the name suggests this large sandy well-sheltered National Trust beach is popular with swimmers and surfers alike. The cliffs surrounding the beach offer a great variety of wild flowers and there are breathtaking views south to Bude and Trevose Head. Large car park and lovely tearoom. Lifeguard cover during the holiday season.

Speke’s Mill Mouth
A twenty-minute walk south of Hartland Quay brings you to Speke’s Mill Mouth with its beautiful waterfall and long curving beach.
Access to the beach via steps gives you sandy stretches at low tide running down to the shore. Surfers like to visit Spekes for its renowned reef brake, yet it remains peaceful and quiet even at the height of summer.

The Hartland Peninsula has many stunning waterfalls cascading on to pebbled foreshores and streams tumbling beneath bridges or meandering their way through yet another delightful valley towards the sea. Wargery, Blegberry, Blagdon and Beckland, but by far the most impressive and possibly the finest in the South West must be the waterfall at Speke’s Mill Mouth where Milford Water enters the sea.

Beaches near Southole