South Devon has a large and varied selection of beaches,
from larger spacious beaches to remote and quiet coves.
The scenery is excellent here and there is good walking
on the coast.
most popular beaches are on Bigbury Bay including Bigbury-On-Sea
which is an excellent large family beach and nearby Bantham
Sand which is popular with surfers. To the west of
Bigbury is the curved sandy beach at Challaborough
and the small coves at Ayrmer
of Bigbury are the small quiet beaches of Broad
Sand, Yarmouth Sand,
Leas Foot Sand and
then the big family beach at Thurlestone
Sand and the picturesque village of Hope
Cove, which has two sandy beaches.
the south of Hope Cove is the headland of Bolt Tail and
from here the coast stretches south for around 5 miles
east to Bolt Head. There is only one beach on this part
of the coast, the small but picturesque Soar
Bolt Head is Salcombe Harbour and Salcombe is a town well
worth visiting. Just below Salcombe are the small but
popular beaches of North
Sands and South
Sands. On the east bank of Salcombe Harbour is a very
pleasant stretch of sand from East
Portlemouth to Mill
Mill Bay the coast stretches east for 6 or 7 miles to
Start Point. There are a number of smaller quieter beaches
on this part of the coast, including Gara
Beach, Moor Sand,
Elender Cove, the beach
at Prawle Point,and closer
to Start Point Lannacombe
Start Point, the coast stretches north eastwards into
scenic Start Bay and there are pleasant beaches here Hall
and the 3 mile pebble beach at Slapton
Sands. East of Slapton Sands is the pleasant family
beach at Blackpool Sands.
Blackpool Sands is the Dartmouth estuary and Dartmouth
is another pleasant town worth visiting.
are various routes into South Devon. From the Plymouth
direction, take the A379, from the Totnes direction, take
the A381 to Kingsbridge.