South Coast beaches of Devon & Cornwall

The south coast beaches of Devon & Cornwall are generally calmer and more sheltered than their north coast siblings battered by the Atlantic. Expect long, sandy beaches, picturesque village ports and good ice cream (clotted cream, of course).



A wide and spacious sand/shingle beach with many rock pools at low tide. East beach has a reputation as an unofficial nudist beach.

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A sheltered sandy cove with rock pools to explore, this beach is located close to Plymouth and backed by low cliffs.

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Two sand and shingle beaches with numerous rock pools. Popular with families and the east beach (known as Finnygook beach) can be used by experienced surfers. Tides can be strong, so be careful

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Low cliffs surrounding the small cove of Wembury beach. There are large areas of sand and many rockpools to explore at low tide.

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Large sandy beach. All facilities nearby, including car parks, toilets, cafes and pub. Seaton Valley Countryside Park offers walks, picnic and amenity areas.

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Whitsand Bay

Stunningly beautiful three-mile stretch of fine sandy beach backed by slate cliffs, reached by paths at Freathy, Tregonhawke and Tregantle. Beware of strong rip tides.

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Millendreath Beach

A sheltered sand and shingle beach with rock pools. New facilities nearby are currently under development, including boat hire and watersports. Car park, toilets, cafe. Easy access.

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East Looe & Plaidy beaches

Car parking either at small quayside park or 15 minute walk from the main car park in West Looe. Easy access. All year dog ban on East Looe beach. Dogs allowed on Plaidy.

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Hannafore Beach, West Looe

A long rocky beach which stretches around Hannafore Point to the west of Looe.

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Mothecombe beach

Mothecombe beach lies at the mouth of the Erme facing Wonwell beach.

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Talland Bay

There are several small beaches in Talland Bay – the main one by the Beach Cafe is probably the best for children and has sand both at high tide and low tide.

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Cawsand & Kingsand

Attractive, sheltered sand and shingle beaches with all facilities nearby, including pubs, cafes and beach shops. Great to take the ferry across from the Barbican, or the Cremyll ferry to Mount Edgecombe and walk round.

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Stoke beach

Nice beach.

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Wonwell beach

At low tide the massive expanse of sand sweeps from the main beach up the estuary to the slip road, making it possible to walk along the sands.

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A sheltered horse-shoe shaped cove with a fine sandy beach. There are excellent walks along the South Devon Coast Path with glorious scenery.

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Bigbury on Sea

A beautiful and vast sandy beach backed by low cliffs at the mouth of the River Avon. A real ‘must’ because of the lovely Burgh Island.  Enjoy a trip across to Burgh Island on the hugh tractor.  The Venus Cafe does great take-away food.

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Bantham beach

Bantham is a vast sandy beach on the South Devon Coast Path. It is backed by marum-covered sand dunes, with many rock pools to explore.

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Thurlestone beach

Owned by the National Trust it is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach is made up of coarse sand and rocky outcrops, with rock pools to explore at low tide.

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Hope Cove beaches

The 3 main beaches at Hope Cove are all small and sheltered by the coastline. Their shores are lapped by small waves, making them perfect for younger children.

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Salcombe North Sands

Situated between two headlands, this beach provides fantastic coastal views and is completely submerged at high tide. There are miles of safe inland sailing along this stretch of coastline.

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Salcombe South Sands

A fine sandy family beach which is accessible via the road, coastal footpath or a passenger ferry from Salcombe town centre.

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East Portlemouth beaches

The East Portlemouth side of the Salcome Estuary is lined by many beaches, and at low tide one can walk the entire fore-shore.

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