Morwenstow to Marsland circular walk

Morwenstow to Marsland

A circular walk from Vicarage Cliff along the coast path to Marsland Mouth at the Devon border, returning through fields to Morwenstow rectory, church and the Rectory Tearooms - the last stand of the Cornish cream tea before the Devon border.

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The walk starts beside the churchyard and follows Rev Hawker's route to Vicarage Cliff. Here it joins the Coast Path and passes above St Morwenna's Holy well then up and down a series of hanging valleys to reach Marsland Mouth on the Devon border. Staying on Cornish soil, the route turns inland along a path through the woods and then follows a series of tracks and footpaths back across the fields to Morwenstow Rectory, church and ending at the Rectory Tea Rooms.


  • Panoramic views of the rugged coastline and Lundy Island from the coast path
  • Pretty wildflowers in spring and summer, blackberries and mushrooms in autumn
  • Sand, pebbles and rockpools on the beach at Marsland Mouth
  • Marsland wood nature reserve (and possible walk extension using the loop outlined on the Devon Wildlife Trust sign)
  • Ornate Morwenstow church and rectory
  • Local food and drink at the historic Bush Inn and Rectory Farm Tea Rooms


  • The Coast Path includes some steep sections without steps. In winter, the north-facing inclines are shaded from the sun and can remain damp and slippery.
  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 126
  • Distance: 4.4 miles/7 km
  • Steepness grade: Strenuous
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots
  • Café: ✓

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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