The village of Wembury lies on the South Devon coast, a few miles east of Plymouth. It is located on a rugged peninsula, within the South Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Wembury, some of the region’s most spectacular scenery can be found. Sandy beaches, sweeping estuaries, ancient woods and green, rolling hills are all nearby. The South West Coast Path runs through the village, crossing towering clifftops and providing walkers with the chance to spot dolphins and seals. During the summer months, basking sharks are often seen near Mewstone, a triangular island just offshore, which was painted several times by the celebrated artist J M W Turner.

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Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Wembury, the village’s beach is a stunning stretch of sandy and rocky shore. Surfing and swimming are popular, and low tide reveals a maze of rockpools where crabs, limpets and starfish can be found. Just behind the beach, the Old Mill is a café with slate floors and a wood-burner, serving cream teas, pasties and other dishes. A church stands on the hillside overlooking the shore. Wembury Marine Centre is also based at the beach, with fascinating exhibits on the area’s wildlife. There is a ferry across the River Yealm, which lies to Wembury’s east. It runs between Warren Point, Yealm Steps and Wide Slip from April to September.

At the northern edge of the village, a stone’s throw from your holiday cottage in Wembury, The Odd Wheel is a cosy pub serving hearty meals and Devon ales. A walk westward along the coast will bring you to Heybrook Bay, where the Eddystone Inn is another atmospheric place for a pint. In Wembury village centre, there are a couple of small groceries and a post office.