Our last blog listed the Best Cornish Beaches so in this blog we will cover the Best Devon beaches.
Devon is the only English county to enjoy two separate coastlines! The North and South Coasts of Devon are distinctly different but both unique and stunning in their own ways.
The North Coast enjoys mile after mile of golden sandy beaches which out of the main tourist season are largely deserted. This is perfect for allowing local residents to enjoy all they have to offer.
Although the South of County also enjoys some sandy beaches coast line here is also interspersed with shingle and pebble beaches, rocky headlands and sea cliffs.
South Sands Beach (Salcombe)
As one of the most exclusive & expensive places in the country to buy property it’s easy to see why the millionaires flock to Salcombe. The unspoilt sandy cove at the mouth of the Salcombe – Kingsbridge estuary is the quintessential image of South Coast . Some parking close to the beach, or take the passenger ferry from Whitestrand Quay in Salcombe. Facilities for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and diving.
Beer is a small seaside village built around a small cove. The beach is sheltered from most winds, and the nearby Jubilee gardens offer some lovely views. The village of Beer has limited parking and a portion of the beach is open to dogs all year round. If you’re looking to use the beach for most of the season why not think about renting one of the council owned beach huts?
Located in the English Riviera, Meadfoot is a small and peaceful beach a little apart from the bustle of the main Torquay area. It also has literary connections being less than a mile from the world famous Agatha Christie Mile. There is a car park and boat-launching ramp at the rocky, northern end, and a cafe and beach huts at the sandy, western end.
Putsborough Sands Beach
Off to the North Coast now as we visit Putsborough Sands Beach. This is a large sandy beach that forms the southern section of Woolacombe Sands. It is particularly popular with surfers, especially longboarders. Putsborough is the only beach in the area to have some protection from south and south-westerly winds. In past years it has been voted the Best Beach in Britain!
Running on from Putsborough Beach is the area known as Woolacombe Beach. It shares the accolades with Putsborough as it too has been voted the Best Beach in Britain in the past and is a regular contender for the title. One visit and you can see why! It is composed of fabulous golden sand, several miles long and it is located in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Very popular with surfers and well-served by Woolacombe village, a bustling seaside resort.
Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)
This small but beautifully formed beach is a bit of a secret! Used mainly by locals most of the tourists don’t know about it. It nestles within a small cove situated at the base of the cliffs between Teignmouth and Dawlish. Beware though, there is no lifeguard service and swimmers need to be wary of rocks!
If you get bored with simply sunbathing then Broadsands Beach could be the place for you. Located within the English Riviera this long curving sandy beach has some great rock pools at the south end. There is also an area of parkland immediately behind the beach which is perfect for a kick about or kite flying. The sheltered position of the beach means that the water is generally calm.
Burgh Island Beach
Made famous in the past for it’s links to Pirates this fabulous flat and accommodating beach is dominated by Burgh Island, home of the Burgh Island Hotel. Many a famous novel has been penned by the residents of the hotel in the past and it is still a very popular destination of choice for the discerning traveller. The beach itself is perfect for families and is served by an excellent café. This means it can get very busy in the summer months.
Blackpool Sands Beach
A long, thin crescent shaped sandy beach with fabulous golden sand. Surrounded in the landward side by pine forest and undulating Devon countryside this is a perfect place to spend a lazy summer day. There is a good quality café nearby and even showers and toilets!
Strete Gate Beach
The only shingle beach to make it into our Top 10, Strete Gate Beach is located at the very start of a long, coastal spit that stretches to Torcross and beyond.
Don’t let the lack of sand put you off though as it is a very safe and clean stretch of coastline with accessible car park. If you are visiting with children though, please keep them away from the nudists section at the northern end in summer.
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