Watermouth Cove (Beach), Combe Martin, Exmoor National Park

Watermouth Cove (Beach), Combe Martin, Exmoor National Park

Famous Westcountry view and beauty spot

One of the most photographed beaches in this section of the Westcountry, Watermouth Cove (Beach) is more of beauty spot than a beach for holidaymakers. If you're looking for the latter, try Broadsands Beach and Combe Martin Beach in the local area.


Location of Watermouth Cove (Beach)

Watermouth Cove (Beach) is located on the North Devon coast by the borders of Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Watermouth Castle, Watermouth Cove Holiday Park and Watermouth Valley Camping Park sit behind the beach. The popular Exmoor gateway village Combe Martin is to the east.

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Directions to, and parking at, Watermouth Cove (Beach)

The cove is on your doorstep if you're staying at one of the many holiday parks and campsites at Watermouth.

If you're visiting Watermouth Castle, pop across the road to experience Watermouth Cove (Beach).

If you're coming from Combe Martin, use the car parking area behind the main beach in the village. Follow the South West Coast Path west behind Combe Martin Newbury Beach and then above Sandy Bay and Golden Cove until you come to Broadsands Beach. Continue to Watermouth Cove (Beach).

If you're coming from Ilfracombe, use one of the car parks on the eastern side of Ilfracombe or at Hele and then follow the South West Coast Path to Watermouth Cove (Beach).


Watermouth Cove (Beach)

A rocky inlet runs pretty much east/west on the North Devon coast at Watermouth. This inlet forms a natural harbour and cove. At low tide, Watermouth Cove (Beach) stretches all the way to the mouth of the inlet.

Watermouth Cove (Beach) is shingle and sand at low tide.

It's a working harbour so we'd recommend visiting the area for its views. If you're looking for a holiday beach, try Broadsands Beach and Combe Martin Beach in the local area.


Watermouth Cove (Beach) views

We'd recommend two viewpoints.

First, walk the path that runs along The Warren which is the arm of rock shielding harbour and cove from the Bristol Channel. The Warren takes you to Sexton's Burrow. There are super views over Watermouth Cove (Beach).

Second, follow the South West Coast Path to Widemouth Head. The view east is the classic captured in many travel guides and magazines. Little Hangman, Great Hangman and Exmoor National Park's famous cliffs complete the view behind. On clear days, you'll see the South Wales coast to the north across the Bristol Channel.


Beaches near Watermouth Cove (Beach)

Beaches on the coastline east of Watermouth Cove (Beach):

Broadsands Beach

Combe Martin Newbury Beach

Combe Martin Beach

Wild Pear Beach

Woody Bay Beach

Lee Abbey Bay Beach

Wringcliff Bay Beach

Lynmouth Western Beach

Lynmouth Eastern Beach

Sillery Sands (Beach)

Porlock Beach

Bossington Beach

Minehead Beach

Dunster Beach

Blue Anchor Beach

Kilve Beach


Beaches on the coastline west of Watermouth Cove (Beach):

Hele Beach

Ilfracombe Rapparee Cove (Beach)

Ilfracombe Wildersmouth Beach

Ilfracombe Tunnels Beaches

Lee Bay Beach

Sandy Cove (Beach)


North Devon Atlantic facing beaches:

Rockham Beach

Grunta Beach

Barricane Beach

Woolacombe Sand (Beach)

Putsborough Sand (Beach)

Croyde Sand (Beach)

Saunton Sands (Beach)

Northam Burrows Beach

Westward Ho! Beach

Instow Sands (Beach)


Things to do near Watermouth Cove (Beach)

South West Coat Path

Watermouth Cove Holiday Park Watersports/Jet Ski Safari

Watermouth Castle

Combe Martin watersports

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor International Dark Sky Reserve

Exmoor horse riding

Ilfracombe boat trips including Lundy Island


Villages and towns near Watermouth Cove (Beach)

Combe Martin