A county renowned for its coastline and with around 120 beaches to choose from, it’s not an easy decision to decide on a favourite. The top 10 beaches are under debate on online resources, so to save an argument, we have put together a short list of Devon beaches ready for you to decide! In no particular order-
An award-winning beach that is widely recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Located on the north coast of Devon, between Croyde and Ilfracombe, the 3 mile stretch of sandy beach is a popular spot for surfers and families looking for a traditional seaside experience.
A quieter option compared to Woolacombe beach, Barricane beaches name is inspired by the exotic seashells washed thousands of miles from the Caribbean to this small, rocky inlet on the North Devon coast. Surrounded by a number of eye-catching rock formations, and thriving rock pools, there are plenty of secluded spots where you can escape the crowds.
Situated at the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham beach looks out over Bigbury and Burgh Island. Backed by sand dunes and the rolling hills of the South Hams, Bantham has little trouble fitting in with the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An ideal family beach; a wide expanse of shallow sloping sands, rock pools and plenty of facilities such as the ‘Gastrobus’ serving snacks and drinks, a pub and a café.
Fishcombe Cove is a small, shingled beach surrounded by rocks and cliffs in Brixham. Sheltered by towering red cliffs that largely reduce the impact of the elements, swimming is accessible for all and there’s a good chance you may even be sharing the waters with a seal so keep a keen eye out! This hidden gem is accessed via steps from the nearby car park, as you descend be sure to take in the views over the surrounding woodland and sea below!
It is one of the finest delightful beaches in the South West- the sea is inviting the surf of the highest quality and the surroundings are simply stunning. It is perfect for walkers and children, due to the plentiful supply of rick pools to discover.
Located on the south side of Woolacombe and being farther away from hotels, shops and cafes means that the beach is usually quieter than neighbouring beaches.
A dog friendly beach, permitted from October to April.
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