Owned by the National Trust, Cellars Beach (known locally as Cellars) is a popular spot for both villagers and visitors to the area. Accessible by a one-mile walk along part of the South West Coast Path from Noss, this unaffected hidden retreat is more usually visited by boat, and you’ll often see a gathering of dinghies and rowing boats in the tiny bay during the summer.
Named after the ‘cellars’ that used to store fishermen’s equipment and daily catch centuries ago, this small, but perfectly formed, remote pebble and sand beach is tucked away in the mouth of the estuary. Looking out over the seagrass beds and sandbar of the Yealm, towards Wembury, Cellar Beach is a perfect respite for coastal walkers, and equally has plenty to offer the longer-term visitor looking to swim, snorkel or explore the rocks.
Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) Beach
Privately owned by the Flete Estate, this unspoilt beach is an easterly walk of around seven miles from Noss, above the cliffs and coves along the South West Coast Path to Mothecombe. Also easily reached by car, there’s plenty of parking available just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, which is also where you’ll find refreshments in the Schoolhouse Café.
Mothecombe is the perfect, enclosed beach. With sloping sands, shaded areas and an abundance of tiny coves and rockpools to explore at low tide, this understated, sandy beach is perfect for getting away from it all. And at low tide, Mothecombe joins up with Wonwell beach on the other side of the Erme estuary. Whether you arrive by foot or by car, Mothecombe doesn’t fail to impress.
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