Find The Nearest Beach Devon
Planning a trip to Devon and looking for the nearest beaches, well Devon has two quite different coastlines. The North Devon coast facing the Atlantic has cliffs and great sandy beaches with surfing being the main past time. The South Devon coast facing the English Channel has beaches, red sandstone cliffs and forms part of the Jurassic coast perfect for families and those interested in water sports such as windsurfing and diving.
Finding the right Devon beach is easy – simply explore the links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search at the top of the page to plan your next Devon beach visit.
- Coryton Cove beach is an ideal family beach with gentle shelving sand/shingle and rock pools. The cove lies between the red cliffs of Dawlish and is backed by the train line. There have been many sightings of Dolphins off this beach. Formerly known as Gentleman’s Cove.
- Challaborough beach is a popular family and surfing beach offering a predominantly left-hand point break. It has a horseshoe shaped bay with a sand bar protecting the entrance and is split by a small stream. The beach has views of Burgh Island. Popular with for diving with several wrecks along the nearby coastline. Facilities include disabled access, slipways and lifeguards patrol most of the year.
- Hele Bay beach is flat sand and shingle in a small cove in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty adjacent to Hillsborough Nature Reserve. At low tide you have rocks on either side of the beach with rock pools. Car park, toilets, shops, cafe and pub all within walking distance. We have no dog information for Hele Bay beach.
- Bantham beach is a sandy beach with rock pools at the mouth of the River Avon and backed by some great sand dunes. This is a family beach you goto to get a natural coastal visit in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Also a nearby Wildlife Reserve with Walking Trails. Popular surfing, bodyboarding and windsurfing beach although can get busy as it is suitable for all standards. Lifeguards in the summer but beach facilities are limited to toilets and parking, although essentials can be found in the village just under a mile away.
- Bovisand Bay beach is a sheltered sandy bay with cliffs on either side. Popular with locals and visiting families with a large expanse of sand for ball games at low tide. The beach is situated in a valley with a holiday park on the coast path not too far from Plymouth Surfing beach that does not get too busy but the best time is in the winter. Facilities at the beach are above the beach on the north side and include car parking, toilets, cafe/shop.
- Tunnels beach are formed by two segregated Victorian bathing pools – there were no accessible beaches close to the town until a series of tunnels was dug in the 1820’s – these led to two, segregated by sex, bathing pools. These were tidal pools that for many were the first chance to learn to swim. These are no longer maintained for use and one has fallen into complete disrepair. Facilities nearby in the town. We have no dog information for Tunnels beach.
- Mothecombe and Coastguards Beach is a large expanse of sand that is a traditional family beach. There are two parts to the beach. Mothercombe Beach (also called Meadowsfoot Beach) is a privately owned beach and is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The nearby Coastguard’s Beach has free public access. The beaches are on the South West Coastal Path and The Erme Estuary next to the beach is managed as a nature reserve. Mothecombe Beach has a building on the south side of the beach which is built on the site of an early lime kiln, the foundations of which were used in its construction. A little further to the south there is a small circular stone wall that used to be used (no longer is) as a swimming pool as it fills with water as the tide comes in. A little further on is a WW2 Pill Box. Coastguards Beach also has a Pill Box although it is now almost covered by undergrowth. There are the remains of yet another Pill Box a little south of Coastguards beach. Car parking, food, toilets. Mothercombe Beach (also called Meadowsfoot Beach) is only open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Coastguards Beach and Wonwell Beach are open every day.
- Lee Bay beach has a very gentle slope and the beach is also accessible from the coastal path via a National Trust maintained path and staircase down the cliff face. As the tide goes out you get more sand as it emerges from among the rocks. Lee Bay is located on a rugged stretch of coast between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, which includes Bull Point (with its lighthouse) and Morte Point, both notorious for shipwrecks, and both on the South West Coast Path. Parking, pub, post office and shop.
- Hallsands is a shingle beach and a popular location with divers and fisherman. You can see (not sure for how long) the remains of the old village that was washed into the sea during a storms in the early 1900’s and abandoned in 1917. This was due to dredging the shingle beach that protected the village during the late 19th century. No facilities listed. We have no dog information for Hallsands beach.