What To Do In and Around the Smithy
The pub is situated at the head of Welcombe valley very near to the North Devon coastline which is a paradise for trail runners, surfers, dog walkers, and those looking for a beautiful day-hike or those attempting longer sections of the south west coast path. Walkers are welcome to use the car park as long as they notify the pub.
Straddles the Devon and Cornwall borders can be walked to in minutes of the pub contains the UK’s oldest major nature reserve. It is home to the Pearl-Bordered Fratillary butterfly and has a varied landscape of oak woodland, heath, grassland and meadows finishing in the wild and beautiful Marsland Mouth beach. On your walk watch out for West Mill ancestral home of famous author Ronald Duncan whose restored writers hut can be visited as you ascend the north cliff over-looking the beach.
Welcombe Mouth Beach
Popular with both locals and visitors which stretches of sand at low tide between dramatic rocky reefs stretching out into the ocean. At its north end the beach is fed by a beautiful waterfall fed by the Strawberry Water stream.
Duckpool and Coombe
Dramatic beach with rocky access with a freshwater pool and stream that must be crossed to access the beach.
The dramatic section of the south west coast path between Welcombe mouth and Hartland quay is a 2.5 to 3 hour walk taking in some of the highest and most spectacular sections of the south west coast path. On the way there you will pass Spekes Mill Mouth and Waterfall which has a deep plunge pool and is one of the highest waterfalls in the area.
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On a rainy day it’s hard to beat the Milky Way Adventure Park which has over 110,000 sq ft of activities. Its located a 15 minute drive from the pub on the A39 going north towards Bideford.