Find the nearest Blue Flag in Devon
Blue Flag beaches in Devon, the Blue Flag award is a prestigious, international award scheme that aims to provide an assurance to tourists that a beach has met a minimum standard. To collect a Blue Flag any UK and Ireland beach must achieve the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Below we list the current Devon beaches holding the Blue Flag award.
- 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.
- Dawlish Warren beach is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes and small lakes, located at the west side of the River Exe that separates it from Exmouth. The beach is popular for watersports. The nature reserve is one of the regions protected spots with rare wildlife including flowers and birds. Facilities include seasonal lifeguards, amusement arcades, small funfair, cafe, shops, car parking, toilets.
- Sandy Bay beach is a privately owned beach with rock pools. At about half-mile long this is a sheltered beach ideal for families with good for swimming and water sports. Car parking, cafe, toilets, disabled access, lifeguard in the summer and deckchair/pedlo hire.
- Oddicombe is a shingle beach at the bottom of red sandstone cliffs. The cliff top has magnificent views across the bay and to get down to the beach you will need the steep path or the cliff railway. Facilities include promenade, Babbacombe Cliff Railway, cafe, beach huts, toilets (summer only), beach shower, disabled visitors’ facilities, deckchair and boat hire.
- Broadsands beach is a beautiful sweep of fine red sands, between rocky headlands. This beach is an ideal beach for families with children, the long promenade is lined with colourful beach huts and gives a level walk to both ends of the beach. This beach is a favoured starting point for coastal walkers. Facilities at the beach include parking, toilets, food, beach huts, deckchair and pedalo hire. Devon also has a similarly named beach near Watermouth between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on Devon’s North Coast, click here for Broadsands beach, Ilfracombe.
- Sidmouth Town beach is a long shingle beach in the heart of Sidmouth with a wide esplanade backed by Georgian and Regency villas. If you go to the western edge then you get some sand and rock pools when the tide goes out. You have the full facilities within Sidmouth town itself just a short walk away. Lifeguards on patrol in the summer. We have no dog information for Sidmouth Town beach.
- Blackpool Sands is a privately managed beach in a sheltered bay surrounded pines. Unlike the name suggests you actually don’t get sand but fine shingle. Excellent safe family beach. Cafe, shop, lifeguard patrol, bathing raft, toilets and showers, disabled facilities, hire of kayaks, wet suits, snorkels and boogie boards.
- Exmouth beach has a sandy 2 mile long beach on the east bank of the mouth of the River Exe. At the beaches western end is the town and the eastern end has the cliffs of the High Land of Orcombe, a National Trust-owned open space which rises to a peak at Orcombe Point. In addition to its beaches, Exmouth is popular for watersports (sailing and wind-surfing) and walking. The Exe Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a large part of the estuary lies within a nature reserve. Exmouth marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which stretches eastwards along the coast to Poole, in Dorset; the South West Coast Path allows for walking along this coast. The town is also at the western end of the East Devon Way path that leads to Lyme Regis. Facilities include parking, toilets, disabled access and facilities, cafes, shop, lifeguards (min Jul & Aug), slipway
- Westward Ho! beach is also known as Golden Bay and for its surf and clean sand backed by a pebble ridge and grasslands which extends for about three miles merging with Sandymere beach. At low tide the many rock pools which will keep children entertained. The beach has designated surfing areas and with plenty of sea bass it attracts anglers. Lifeguards in the summer, car parking, toilets, food and deckchair hire. We have no dog information for Westward Ho! beach.