The perfect beach, Mothecombe is at the heart of the Flete Estate. Owned and maintained by the Estate, the beach is unspoilt and has remained unchanged for centuries.
Car Park: The car park at Mothecombe Beach is now open from 9am to 9pm. From Easter until the end of September there is a £4 parking charge.
Refreshments: The Old School Tea House is handily positioned next to the car park. It opens from Easter weekend until October from 11am until 5pm and sells everything from scrumptious cream teas, ice-creams & pasties to beautiful seaside gifts and beach toys.
Open Days: Mothecombe Beach is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Access to the beach is via a rather narrow wooded pathway which is not so suitable for wheelchairs, but the next-door beach at Coastguards has a slip way. Coastguards Beach is at the mouth of the Erme Estuary and has access for water sport enthusiasts and push chairs. It is tidal, so most enjoyable at low tide for walking! It is open to the public every day all year round. On the other side of the estuary, Wonwell Beach is a favourite for locals and visitors. There is free on road parking which, at peak times, can become congested.
Dogs: We welcome dogs on Mothecombe Beach before May 1st and after November 1st, but do ask dog owners to be diligent with cleaning up after them. Dogs are also welcome on Coastguards and Wonwell Beaches throughout the year.
The beach offers fine golden sands, great swimming in the shallow waters, sheltered sunbathing and picnic spots, as well as rock pooling at low tide. The beach has an interesting history of its own, and recent archaeological excavations have revealed that it was a summer trading post at least as early as the Roman occupation; traders from North Africa bringing in wine and oil in exchange for tin. Moving forward a few centuries, the remains of the old seawater swimming pool are still visible at the far end of the beach. Built in around 1875, for the amusement of the Mildmay family, it had a sluice gate which was closed to keep the water level up as the tide fell, and then opened to allow the water to be refreshed at high tide. Unfortunately, the Home Guard blew a hole in the wall before they left at the end of the Second World War. There is another historical memorial to the war to be found at Mothecombe with the ‘pill-box’ beyond the swimming pool, a strong reminder of how close the country came to being invaded. A second “pill box” is situated in the estuary below the Coastguards Cottages.
Mothecombe Beach is the ideal place for water sports with, at times, a good swell and plenty of wind, making for fun days surfing, body boarding and windsurfing. It is also possible to access the South West Coast Path from the far end of the beach for great walks with breath-taking coastal views and interesting sights like ‘Bugle hole’ – great to see at high tide!
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The Flete Estate Office,
Haye Farm, Holbeton,
Telephone: 01752 830234