Find the nearest Seaside Award in Devon
Seaside Award beaches in Devon. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Devon beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Ness Cove beach lies below the red cliffs of Ness Headland accessed through what is believed to be an original smugglers tunnel by Shaldon Wildlife Zoo. The beach is mainly shingle with rock pools and gently slopes towards the sea. Watercraft are not permitted between the yellow marker buoys and the shoreline, apart from a marked access lane to the beach. Facilities include cafe, parking, toilets, evening BBQ’s can be booked and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards.
- Maidencombe is a small sandy cove surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and has rock pools at low tide. Access is down a steep narrow path. Good access to the coastal paths giving excellent views of the rugged coastline. Facilities include small pay and display car park, cafe and toilets (summer only).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Paignton Sands is ideal for families as the beach has a shallow sea ideal for paddling. Behind the sands and the promenade is Paignton Green, a broad sweep of grass that stretches right down to the harbour and is ideal if you want to come of the beach for a picnic. Full facilities of Paignton with variety of amusements, pier and choice of shops and cafes and pedalos/boat hire.
- Seaton beach is a mile long pebble beach, gently sloping and safe to swim. At low tide you can see some coarse sand patches. At the top of the beach is the Esplanade, a flat paved walk 1,160 metres in length stretching from Axmouth Harbour at the eastern end of the bay to the Chine café towards the western end. In the winter or when risk of flooding barriers may be in place meaning you have to use steps to progress along the esplanade. Parking and facilities within Seaton itself.
- Small cove between high cliffs and a thick wooded hillside, operated by the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Anstey’s Cove makes a perfect base for walks along the coastal paths, leading to Hopes Nose, presenting some impressive views across the bay. Parking ¼ mile from beach with step access to the beach from parking, cafe/refreshments, promenade.
- Goodrington Sands is mainly a sandy beach and at low tide there are rock pools to explore. During the summer season the local steam train can be seen running along the back of south sands beach. Facilities include cafe/restaurant, beach huts, toilets, disabled visitors’ facilities and disabled access to beach, deckchair hire, pedalo hire, slipway, promenade.
- 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.
- 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