This quiet, pebbly beach is the most northern on the north coast of Cornwall. The stream called Marsland Water that drains across the beach marks the county boundary between Devon to the north and Cornwall to the south. There are no facilities and access is by foot only so it’s not uncommon to have this beach entirely to yourself.
Lifeguards: there are no lifeguards.
Access: a steep walk from paths in both Devon and Cornwall as well as on the South West Coast Path makes access to Marsland Mouth a bit of a challenge!
Fishing: the main species to be caught from the beach and surrounding rocks are bass in the summer and the odd codling in the winter.
Walking: the South West Coast Path goes north into Devon to the next beach at Welcombe and south to Duckpool. The path is steep in either direction.
The site is part of the “Steeple Point To Marsland Mouth” SSSI.
The nearby Marsland Valley Reserve, managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, is renowned for being a stronghold for the rare Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly.
The wild flowers in late spring and early summer are glorious with great drifts of Thrift, Ox-eye Daisy, Kidney Vetch and others.
Grid reference: LR SS209174
Latitude/longitude: 50.928490N and 4.548772W
Post code: EX39 6HL (for sat nav purposes)
Public transport: none
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