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A small village with spectacular views in a coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Welcombe is located near the Cornish border, in a secluded corner of North Devon, between the Atlantic Highway and dramatic coast. This scattering of pretty cottages is missed by most tourists and has become popular with artists, surfers and visitors looking for peace and quiet, and the chance to enjoy some the region’s most dramatic scenery.

A short drive from the village is Welcombe Mouth. It’s a little hard to find at the end of a rough, narrow track, but well worth the effort. This sweeping bay is dominated by dramatic rock formations and overlooked by vast cliffs. A stream trickles through the valley leading to the beach before turning into a waterfall which tumbles down the cliff face. It’s always easy to find a secluded spot to lay down a towel or enjoy a picnic. The bay is mainly rocky, but low tide reveals a stretch of sand and is the best time for swimming.


A short drive from Welcombe is Sandy Mouth, a wide beach with a waterfall, café and excellent surfing conditions. If you’re a beginner and need a little guidance on how to ride the waves which roll in from the Atlantic, book a lesson with Sandymouth Surf School.

For an unforgettable family day out, visit The Gnome Reserve, a unique attraction, where you can explore enchanting woodland and gardens, inhabited by hundreds of gnomes. Before you begin your adventure, don’t forget to put on a gnome hat, supplied at the entrance.

“The peaceful village of Welcombe is hidden away in a peaceful valley which leads to a spectacular, rocky bay.”

The Welcombe area is home to some of Devon’s most beautifully situated pubs and tearooms. The Old Smithy is a lovely thatched pub, the interior of which is eccentrically decorated with ‘70s memorabilia. This welcoming establishment serves classic pub food and hosts an excellent beer and cider festival every July, showcasing some of the area’s best breweries and local bands. Surrounded by stunning gardens is Docton Mill, serving homemade cakes and cream teas with freshly baked scones. A few miles north of Welcombe is The Smuggler’s Retreat, an atmospheric pub with an outdoor seating area, overlooking the spectacular Hartland Quay.

Welcombe is an excellent base for exploring the North coasts of Devon and Cornwall. A short drive over the Cornish border is Bude, a laid-back resort with sandy beaches, surf shops, cafes and a unique tidal swimming pool. Also well worth a visit is the market town of Holsworthy, which holds one of the area’s oldest markets every Wednesday, where you can pick up fresh seafood, meat, cheese and plenty more.

While you’re there

The Bush Inn

This traditional inn is right on the South West Coast Path, a perfect place to stop.

Docton Mill Gardens

This lovely tea room is set in stunning gardens and serves delicious cream teas.

Hartland Quay

Take a trip to Hartland Quay for one of Devon's most picturesque coastlines.

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