Morwenstow Circular Walk

There is a free car park adjacent to the lovely Rectory Farm Tea Rooms and Bush Inn.  This walk is about 5 miles (8km) and will take around 3 hours.

Start at the churchyard via the lynch-gate.  Keep to the right of the church an follow the path down past the Old Vicarage.

Cross the stream and climb the valley to the field.

Turn left and walk out to join the Coast Path.

Turn right and keep on the cliff path (a strenuous section) all the way to Marsland Mouth (approx. 1.7 miles).

The stream at Marsland forms the county border between Cornwall and Devon.  Follow the broad path on the Cornwall side of the valley, heading inland towards Youldon Wood.

Eventually this leads to a junction of paths.  Bear right, passing Little Marsland cottage, and walk uphill to the main road.

Turn right and proceed to Marsland Manor.  Here go beyond the main gates, then turn right into fields skirting the property and follow the footpaths signs.

Continue down to cross the stream, then walk up the slope to a field and ahead to a stile in the far hedge.

Cross diagonally left to a corner gate and out onto a track.

Before reaching Cornakey Farm, notice a well on the left.  To avoid going through the farmland, the path goes behind this well, into the field and to a gate opening onto the lane.

Turn left along the lane and walk to the first bend.

Turn right along the dirt track, passing Yeolmouth Cottage.

Keep ahead and through the farm gate, then bear left, between the two buildings.

Cross the stile and follow the right hedge to a gate.  To bypass Westcot Farmyard, follow the alternative path, first bearing right into the field and then left until the stile.  In the next field, walk along the left hedge and ahead into the valley.

Cross the footbridge and ascent, past Morwenstow Vicarage, into the courtyard and turn left along the drive.

Beyond the gates, on the left are steps down to St John’s Well.  Continue up the last and back to the car park.

A slight detour heading south on the Coast Path will take you to Hawker’s Hut.

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