Coordinate your timing with the tide schedules to be sure you can safely cross the River Erme later today. As you leave Wembury, follow the path along the coast, passing New Barton, to find the ferry from Warren Point to Noss Mayo. From the ferry stop in Noss Mayo, the South West Coast Path leads into the woods. Pause to appreciate the view of the River Yealm, then round the headland and pass a series of named points: Mouthstone Point, Gara Point, Blackstone Point, Hilsea Point, and Stoke Point. You’ll enjoy the easier terrain here on the grassy fields.
You’ll come to the ruins of a lookout at Beacon’s Hill, and when you see the large rocky outcrop called St. Anchorite’s Tor, you’ll know you’re approaching the River Erme. This river must be forded at low tide, so hopefully you have timed your walk well. If the tide is high, do not attempt to cross the river. You can find a cafe in Mothecombe to wait comfortably.
Detouring to cross at a different point will add approximately 8 miles of walking and is not recommended. In extreme circumstances, if a detour becomes necessary, taking a taxi is the best way to get to Wonwell Beach on the other side of the river. Once you have crossed the river, walk across Wonwell Beach, then climb up to Beacon Point. From here, the path follows the cliffs to come to Bigbury-on-Sea, where you will spend the night. From here, there is an optional detour to cross a tidal sandspit to Burgh Island. If the tide comes in, you can return to town using a “sea tractor,” which is a unique experience.