Beaches in South Devon

South Devon Beaches

Don't forget to pack your bucket and spade as we have some seriously good beaches for serious sandcastle makers. Traditional beach holidays are back, and real Devon ice cream on a warm summer's day tops it off.

Learn to surf at Bantham or Bigbury, walk along the stunning beaches and secluded coves and after your day in the sand, settle down to freshly caught fish and chips by the water.

Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby

A remote, quiet, shallow National Trust beach with sand, shingle, pebbles and rock pools.  On the South West Coast Path, a 1km walk from the National Trust car park at Ringmore, with a choice of footpaths. Refreshments available in Ringmore. SatNav TQ7...

Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Ferry Crossings
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Large flat sandy beach, ideal for surfing, good rocks for rock pooling, sand dunes and large car park. Dogs are allowed at Bantham all year round; however, restrictions do apply between May 1st and September 30th. During these months dogs are not allowed on...

Beesands Beach

Beesands Beach

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Beesands has a long shingle and pebble beach, ideal for children and dogs, but be careful when swimming as the beach shelves. SatNav TQ7 2EN

Bigbury-on-Sea

Bigbury-on-Sea

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Ferry Crossings
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

A large sandy beach with a tidal causeway and sea tractor from Bigbury-on-Sea to Burgh Island with shallow waters.  Bodyboarding,surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing are popular pastimes on this beach.  Popular with families and surfers. From 1 May...

Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Parking Available
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

A shingle beach in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines. An award-winning privately managed 'Blue Flag' family beach. No dogs are permitted from the 1st March to 30th November. SatNav TQ6 0RG.

Challaborough

Challaborough

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Challaborough is a small beach just around the headland from Bigbury-on-Sea. There are lots of nearby amenities and there is safe bathing with lifeguard cover through the summer season. Dog bans apply from 1st May to 30th September. SatNav TQ7 4HU.

East Portlemouth/Millbay

East Portlemouth/Millbay

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Ferry Crossings
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Sheltered sandy beaches in Salcombe Harbour with access across the Estuary by passenger ferry to Salcombe town.  East Portlemouth and Mill Bay are ideal beaches from which to watch the sailing life of Salcombe glide past.  Perfect for families with...

Gara Rock

Gara Rock

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby

On the South West Coast Path between Salcombe and East Prawle, access to this fine shingle/sandy beach is down a footpath from the car park adjacent to Gara Rock Hotel, where refreshments are available in season. SatNav TQ8 8FA 

Hope Cove (Harbour Beach)

Hope Cove (Harbour Beach)

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Large sandy beach, sheltered by the harbour wall set next to the fishing village of Hope Cove with its facilities. Safe beach for children, ideal for sandcastles and rockpooling. SatNav TQ7 3HJ.

Hope Cove (Mouthwell)

Hope Cove (Mouthwell)

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Large sandy beaches, sheltered by the harbour wall set next to the fishing village of Hope Cove with its facilities. Ideal beach for children, sandcastles, rockpooling and safe swimming. No dogs from 1st. May to 30th. September on Mouthwell but welcome all...

Lannacombe

Lannacombe

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Wheelchair Access

 A sandy beach with rock pools at low tide; shingly at high tide. On the South West Coast Path.  Small car park.   SatNav TQ7 2NH

Leas Foot

Leas Foot

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

 A small, quiet sandy beach by Thurlestone Golf Club on the South West Coast Path. SatNav TQ7 3NZ

Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach

A mile by public footpath from Start Point Lighthouse car park. A quiet, enclosed sandy beach, extensive at low tide, with rock flats and caves. Sat Nav TQ7 2ET

Mothecombe Beaches

Mothecombe Beaches

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets

The small sandy Mothecombe (Meadowsfoot) beach is privately owned and open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays. It sits near the mouth of the River Erme and is a crossing point for the South West Coast Path, where the river can be...

North Hallsands

North Hallsands

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Wheelchair Access

North Hallsands is a shingle beach on the South West Coast Path between Slapton Sands and Start Point. Wonderful views across the bay, dogs are allowed and there is a car park. satNav TQ7 2EX

Salcombe (North Sands)

Salcombe (North Sands)

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

One of Salcombe's many beaches which is large, flat and sandy. Ideal for children to build sandcastles and go rockpooling, dogs are allowed all year, large car park and café/restaurant beside the beach. SatNav TQ8 8LD

Salcombe (South Sands)

Salcombe (South Sands)

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Ferry Crossings
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

A beautiful sandy beach at the mouth of Salcombe Harbour, a mile out of town, accessible by car and by ferry from Salcombe town. At the top of the hill, above the beach, is the National Trust property of Overbeck's. Dog ban applies from 1st May to 30th...

Slapton Sands and Torcross

Slapton Sands and Torcross

  • Beach Shop
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

This whole area is well known around the world, as it was used during WWII by American forces practising for the D-Day landings. Memorials and a Sherman tank commemorate this period and the tragic loss of life in the Operation Tiger training exercise. The...

Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Pub/Hotel nearby
  • Sandy Beach
  • Toilets

A small sandy inlet  on the South West Coast Path. One can only access the beach on foot, via the path or past the Soar Mill Cove Hotel, but once you arrive there is a sandy beach, rockpooling and old fashioned family beach fun. Refreshments and toilets...

South Milton/Thurlestone Sands

South Milton/Thurlestone Sands

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access

Large, family and dog friendly, sandy beach protected by a reef of rocks which are ideal for rockpooling. The well known Thurlestone Rock stands in the centre of the bay at the end of this reef. National Trust car park. SatNav TQ7 3JY

Sunny Cove

Sunny Cove

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Sandy Beach

Accessible only from the water or on foot from the South West Coast Path this beautiful secluded beach looks out at the mouth of Salcombe Estuary. At a distance, National trust parking is available at Mill Bay and refreshments at the Venus Cafe in East...

Wonwell

Wonwell

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Parking Available
  • Sandy Beach
  • Wheelchair Access

River Erme Estuary mouth beach, completely flooded at highest tides, large expanse of flat sand at low tide when you can wade across to Mothecombe beaches.  Parking on roadside and short walk to beach. Refreshments available in Kingston. SatNav TQ7 4EY

This is a guide only and the Kingsbridge Information Centre can accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the beach information which is constantly under review to improve standards.

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