Welcombe lies on the Atlantic Coast just on the Devon side of the North Devon/Cornwall border midway between
Bideford and Bude. The parish of Welcombe comprises a scattered group of hamlets incorporating approximately
100 households. The village sits astride a deep valley which leads a meandering stream to the cliff edge at
Welcombe Mouth where it ends in a picturesque waterfall. St Nectan’s Church looks over the northern flank of
the valley while The Old Smithy Inn lies on the southern side. Some of the people who live in Welcombe commute
to neighbouring towns and villages to work on a daily basis, others run businesses from home including the pub,
pottery, tourist accommodation, builders and farmers.
Welcombe is part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Welcombe is a popular holiday destination and many visitors return year after year. They grow to
love the spectacular scenery and peaceful surroundings whilst enjoying the proximity of attractions in both
Devon and Cornwall.
The community is active and dynamic with many social events throughout the year bringing its residents together
to celebrate their good fortune in living in such a special place.
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According to legend, St Nectan and his sister arrived in Cornwall from Wales and made their way towards
Hartland. At Stoke they were attacked by robbers, and the saint was decapitated. However, their journey was not
delayed, for the saint picked up his head and continued. Wherever a drop of blood fell from his wound a foxglove
sprang up. St Nectan’s day, June 17th is traditionally celebrated with a foxglove procession and the flower is
used as an emblem for many other village events.
Click on the picture for an aerial view of Welcombe - not recommended unless you have
broadband as it is a large image.