Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach, Wembury, South Devon

Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach, Wembury, South Devon

Beach at the mouth of the Erme Estuary

Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach is a deep sandy beach at the mouth of the Erme Estuary. Local information boards refer to it as Mothecombe Beach. Ordnance Survey uses Meadowsfoot Beach. At low tide, the sand is exposed around Owen's Hill and Owen's Point and connects with Coastguard's Beach on the west side to the River Erme and Estuary. Wonwell Beach is on the east side of the River Erme and Estuary.

There's a large car parking area behind Coastguard's Beach and Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach. Charges apply. Note that there's a wonderful cafe and toilets at this car parking area. The outdoor seating area at the cafe is superb on sunny days.

 

Location of Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach

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There's a large car parking area behind Coastguard's Beach and Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach. Wander out of the car park, turn left and you'll see a gate to your right with a green sign for Mothecombe Beach. A good path leads down to the beach.

 

Watersports at Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach

Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach is popular with surfers. As is the case with Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham along the coast to the east at the mouth of the Avon Estuary, you can get good surf in this area of South Devon.

 

The South West Coast Path at Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach

The South West Coast Path runs behind the beach. To the west, it climbs steps by the pretty building built into the side of the cliff as seen in the photos for this listing. The path then rises steeply to farmland above Battisborough Island. There are sensational views.

To the east, the South West Coast Path loops around Owen's Hill and continues to Coastguard's Beach. There are great views up the River and Erme and Estuary on this stretch of the coast path. See below for information on crossing the water.

 

Crossing the River Erme and Estuary

There's a large car parking area behind Coastguard's Beach and Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach. A road runs east of this car parking area to a slipway that leads down to the rock, shingle and sand Coastgaurd's Beach. At the top of this slipway are information boards with visuals of the crossing point. These information boards also provide the following advice:

'The River Erme can usually be waded for 1 hour either side of low tide by crossing between the two slipways as shown on the photograph. However care should be taken as heavy rains or seas can make the crossing dangerous. The times of low water are shown in the table below. Also provided, for when it's not possible to ford the river, are directions for walking around it and phone numbers for local taxi firms.

Walking around the river. As there are no public footpaths running along the sides of the estuary this entails a 7 mile walk mainly on country lanes. To do this follow the lane uphill to Mothecombe village, bear right taking signs for the village of Holbeton. From Holbeton centre, head to the hamlet of Ford along Vicarage Hill. Bear right near Hole Farm on to the bridleway of the waymarked Erme-Plym Trail until you reach the A379. Turn right crossing Sequer's Bridge and take the first lane on your right, past Orcheton to Great Torr. Turn right then left and follow signs to Wonwell beach.'