South Devon has it all, from the surf beaches of Bantham to the Torbay resorts- Torquay, and Paignton, Budleigh and in the East of the County Sidmouth Beer and Budleigh
Paignton A long sandy shallow sloping beach , particularly popular with families. Backed by the Green. With the Pier reaching out into Torbay with its amusements and attractions. In season there is often a fun fair on the Green, whilst at night the Seafront is illuminated and takes on a whole new life. Nearby Torquay, offers a choice of several beaches
Dawlish Warren- over two miles of sandy/ shingle very popular with families. Backed by all the attractions of the thriving resort of Dawlish, from amusement arcades to ice cream parlours to cafes. A large car park nearby.
Beer - a delightful suntrap of a pebble beach, only 200 yards long, some describe it as a Cove, sheltered under the chalk cliffs of Lyme Bay - part of the World Heritage Coast. Watch the fishing boats being pulled up the beach by winch- keep clear of course. Weave your way through the nets and pots piled high. Hire a deck chair, enjoy the delights of the beach café. Take a cruise around the bay. Walk the South West Coast Path to Seaton.
Budleigh- on the mouth of the River Otter itself a Wildlife haven . Notice the cobbles the size of a woman's hand on the beach. Did you know they came from ancient rivers? Walk north west along the coast path towards Ladram Bay, or in the other direction to Sandy Bay, itself a sheltered beach around Orcombe Point to Exmouth.
Ladram Bay, dominated by the red sandstone sea stacks just offshore, backed by cliffs, very sheltered and a sun trap. Car parking is very limited, though the beach is well used due to the proximity of a large holiday park. With fine views across the Bay towards Sidmouth, which can be reached east along the coast path over High Peak Hill, yes it is a steep climb.
Seaton Quieter but like Sidmouth also on the Jurassic coast. At the mouth of the River Axe, sheltered from the worst of winter storms by Beer Head. See the boats bobbing in the harbour. Over a mile long pebble beach backed like Sidmouth by an Esplanade - popular with families. Take the West walk to avoid the holiday crowds.
Exmouth a popular holiday resort at the mouth of the River Exe. Over two miles of sandy beach from Orcombe Point to the harbour.
Torbay From the delights of Torquay's Torre Abbey Sands seen here, to rocky Ansteys Cove, nestling below wooden cliffs, to Babbacombe, a real suntrap below red cliffs Catch the Babbacombe Cliff Railway down to the beach, to shingly Meadfoot Beach, popular with locals and backed by woods. Venture around the Bay to Paignton, and nearby Goodrington Sands.
Dawlish Warren Dawlish Warren. One mile and a half of sandy beach-perfect for that family holiday Devon. Blue Flag and a Seaside Award. Beaches manned by lifeguards in season. Lots of car parking. From amusements to mini golf go karts to children’s rides to shopping, gift shops and ice and fish and chip parlours lots for the family to see and do
Regency Sidmouth with its fine promenade backed by the town. Hire a desk chair, sit on the shingle beach. Stroll west past the headland to Jacobs Ladder Beach, accessible from the Esplanade or down the steps from Connaught Gardens. Jacobs Ladder Beach is over a mile long, shingle, back by red cliffs, popular with holidaymakers also enjoying the delights the town can offer, beautiful gardens and parks, shops, cafes, not forgetting accommodation too. Lots of car parking.
Bantham Beach. at the mouth of the River Avon, South Hams. Backed by unspoilt sand dunes, with lots of car parking- very popular with families. A wide expanse of sand at low water. With views to Burgh Island in the far distance. In good sea conditions a popular Surf beach and having a well respected Surf Life Saving Club. The Sloop Inn in nearby Bantham village is renown for its hospitality.
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Blackpool Sands One of the most idyllic of Devon Beaches, in a sheltered Bay backed by pine trees. Sand a golden colour and water often a deep clear blue. With a large beach shop- so do not worry if you have left your bucket and spades or sunblock at home. Deckchairs for hire too. Disabled access to beach. One of the best beach cafes/ restaurants in Devon- with indeed superb food. Just off the A379 a few miles from Dartmouth.
Ness Cove Shaldon- another gem of a Devon beach, off the beaten track- reached down a tunnel from Shaldon. Backed by high cliffs with the Ness Headland to the north-a real suntrap of a beach. Usually sheltered from strong winds. Watch the boats coming and going as the pilots steer them towards the Mouth of the River Teign. Access-there are some steps in the tunnel. Car parking is available nearby as is a cafe. A half a mile away is delightful Shaldon full of character. Catch the foot ferry to Teignmouth
Teignmouth Beach- with it's pier and offering all the trimming for a perfect Devon Holiday at the seaside
Thurlestone Also known as South Milton Sands, reachable down a maze of narrow lanes. Lifeguard in season. Walk along the South West Coast Path to nearby Bantham.
Torcross Separated from Slapton Ley, (a national nature reserve) by the A379. Torcross lies at the southern end of Slapton Sands in Start Bay. The Sands are in fact a long spit of a shingle beach. The village is often lashed by huge waves in winter storms. Only 8 miles from Dartmouth. Much of the coastline is unspoilt- offering excellent Devon Coast walks. Now designated as part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Branscombe on the Jurassic Coast. A shingly beach, backed by stunning cliffs. Excellent Devon Coast walking to Beer and Sidmouth. The beach is reachable down a long very narrow lane, with only limited car parking. The village with its thatched cottages is one of the most beautiful in Devon.
Cliffs by their nature are unstable- keep away from edges and do not wander, or sunbathe beneath them. Rock falls can and do occur without notice at any time of year.
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