The Royal Citadel

with Plymouth Hoe on the left

Wembury to Plymouth: Coast in Conflict

Cultural Trail: Coast & Conflict. This walk is part of a series of themed trails to help you learn more about the landscape around you. Other trail themes include - Trade & Settlement; Man & the Landscape; Colourful Landscape.


Start Wembury Beach car park.
Distance 12 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Hard

Coast path and public footpath. Some rocky, uneven, slippery and muddy patches. Surfaced road.

Obstacles and steep gradients

21 flights of steps; 2 steep ascents; 2 steep descents.


This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Public transport

Bus service 48 to Wembury from Plymouth. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit


Public toilets by Wembury Beach, Bovisand Park, and Mountbatten, Plymouth.


Wembury Beach car park


Please contact Modbury Tourist Information Centre 01548 830159 or visit

Other facilities

Public payphone at road junction, 300m back up lane from Wembury Beach car park.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX518484


(For the first half of this walk you are following 'Coast Path' signs and waymarkers. Look for 'acorn' Coast Path logo).

1. From car park follow path around back of beach and up broad steps and bear left along coast path.  Follow coast path along the low cliffs.

2. At Heybrook Bay bear left to continue along coast path, signed for Bovisands.

3. At Bovisand Park chalet complex follow coast path up drive, bearing left around bay.

4. Beyond holiday chalets bear left signed 'Coast Path'.  Follow path behind beach then up steps.  At the top, bear left along road, signed 'Jenycliff 1 1/2m'.

5. Fork right along front of Bovisand Court, following yellow waymarker arrow.  Turn right before the next houses up steps, and follow path.

6. After climbing a long flight of steps, bear left by spiked railing gateway to pass in front of the radar station.

7. Just before path reaches road at Staddon Heights, bear left through kissing gate to continue along Coast Path.

8. Where you reach Jennycliff and the laid stone reading 'Welcome to Plymouth', bear left ahead.  Cut across the recreation area in front of Jennycliff Cafe and past stone slab with carved Coast Path 'acorn' logo.

9. Bear left across next recreation area down to far corner and follow Coast Path fingerpost, signed 'Breakwater'.

10. At road bear left along pavement, then left again after 100m following fingerpost.  Bear left in front of the old fort of Mountbatten Tower, up surfaced path.  At top of the ramped path, with the tower to your right, turn left down steps to the breakwater.

11. From here bear round to right following path along waterfront, passing slipways and boatyards.

12. Follow pavement to the right of old red beacon light, then drop down to left beyond it.  Cross road at yellow chevron crossing then follow Coast Path fingerpost left.  Path snakes around to follow waterfront once again.

13. At top of steps follow red arrow left, then left again down lane, signed for Turnchapel.  Turn right at bottom of hill along Boringdon Rd.  Before MOD access gates, turn right up narrow lane and follow road.  At T-junction at the bottom, turn right following red waymarker arrow along waterfront.

14. At end of Hooe Lake turn left along tarmac path, following red Coast Path signpost on lamppost, then bear left up Hexton Hill Rd.

15. At the top of the rise, by Hexton Lodge, bear left down public footpath, then fork immediately right following red Coast Path fingerpost.  Turn sharp left at the next red fingerpost, down hill, around sewage works, and alongside the shore.

16. After passing beneath castellated building between Hooe Lake and Radford Lake, turn right up footpath signed for Wembury and Ivybridge. (From here you are following Coast to Coast - 'Erme Plym Trail' waymarkers).

17. Where stone path veers left away from the lake, bear right and continue along shore, following yellow waymarker arrow.  At the end of the lake follow waymarker arrow straight on.

18. Turn right at the road then cross after 50m at the 'Erme-Plym Trail' fingerpost.  Follow footpath straight ahead.

19. Follow waymarker arrows leading left along valley then fork right up hill.  At the next fork continue uphill, following edge of housing around to the right.  At the stile, cross track and follow footpath straight ahead up through woods.

20. At fingerpost at the top, turn left along public footpath.  When you come to a track, cross to right over stone stile and follow field edge.  At the road, turn left.

21. At junction with Bovisand Rd cross over onto public footpath signed 'Traine road 1m'.  Follow left side of hedge bank.

22. After dropping down across fields to bottom of valley and up other side, cross stile and follow right hand field edges.  Halfway along top field, fork left across to road.  Turn right.

23. After 1/2 mile turn right over stile to follow public footpath signed for Ford and Langdon.

24. Path drops from top of hill down through fields and scrubby wood to Ford Farm.  Turn left along road.

25. After 120m turn right and over stile to follow public footpath signed 'Church Rd 1/4m'.

26. Cross at the road onto road opposite then turn immediately right onto footpath back down to beach and car park.



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