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Bigbury on Sea North

A blanket of stunning countryside covers the area preceding the golden sands of Bigbury on Sea. The beach itself is a fine expanse of clean sand sheltered by low cliffs, on one side lies the small estuary of the south Devon River Avon. Seaward lies Burgh Island, accessible across a sand spit at low tide and via tractor at high tide. An ideal beach, very popular in summer, with good amenities including a free car park with reserved disabled spaces. Top notch lifeguard stations and good amenities including a pub/ restaurant make it an ideal destination for a day trip.

Blackpool Sands

An unspoilt picturesque cove at the northern end of Start Bay. This crescent of coarse golden sand 2/3 mile long is flanked by steep, wooded cliffs. Very popular among the families, the beach has a dog restricted area along with first aid and lifeguard facilities. Fishing is a favourite activity enjoyed at Blackpool sands. Stretches of lush countryside empowers the beauty of Blackpool Sands which remains a jewel amongst the beaches of the South Hams.


Challaborough beach is a sheltered horse shoe shaped cove made up of excellent fine sand. At low tide, there are plenty of interesting rock pools to explore or alternatively you could take to the coastal path and stroll along the commanding cliffs of the South Devon coast. The cove lends itself well to watersports and the nearby Holiday Park ensures that guests are never short of entertainment. Safety when bathing is also reassured by the regular presence of Life Guards.

Croyde Bay

Croyde Beach lies nestled between the craggy headlands of Baggy Point and Saunton Down. With more than half a mile of fine sands and extensive dunes this beach is understandlbly popular with families. One of the most celebrated surf beaches in the South West the high dramatic waves make this a surfers paradise. There is a surf school and a well stocked surf shop on the beach and for real thrill seekers the extreme academy sports school is open throughout the summer offering exciting activities sich as kite surfing and mountain boarding. For those who prefer a slower pace there is always the inviting beach bar where you can sit back and delight in the magnificent surroundings.

Dawlish Warren

The gently sloping golden sands of Dawlish Warren stretch out for over 2 miles providing an idyllic safe haven for bathing, Charming red cliffs jut out from the beach adding a dramatic flavour to the backdrop of this family orientated location.. A wide range of public facilities are close at hand, along with a large grassed play area, children's rides, amusements, and a fine selection of cafes and shops. Access and parking are good although there is a rather steep slipway for prams and wheelchairs to negotiate.

Ilfracombe, Tunnels Beaches

A truly unique experience: four tunnels provide access to a beautiful area of coastline and coves.. A large tidal swimming pool is still in use and is hugely popular with children who can enjoy their inflatables and snorkelling in safety. Parents take comfort in being only yards away from the water's edge, whatever the state of the tide. Stroll through tunnels, reading interesting history information and take in the lovely coastal and sea views of Lundy Island and South Wales. Alternatively, spend the whole day on the beach, in the pool or rockpooling. Tunnels Beach is Ilfracombe's must see attraction all year round.

Torbay, Breakwater, Shoalstone

Torbay, as well as a popular family holiday resort, has, over recent years, become really popular with the diving community. It has many beaches suitable as places to learn and others for the more experienced diver where you can enjoy more challenging wreck diving. The shingle beach at Breakwater has great access and the water itself looks incredibly blue and inviting! There is a good level of amenities, including a beach shop and nice café/restaurant.

Torbay, Meadfoot

A small stretch of shingle beach nestled below an array of spectacular cliffs provides a perfect setting for those who prefer a quieter environment in which to relax. The impressive cresent shape Osboure Hotel overlooks the beach and features a restaurant and bistro open to the public. The spilt level promenade backs onto a tree covered hillside and facilities including, beach huts, lost child centre and deckchair hire make this location a popular choice for locals and visitors alike.

Torbay, Oddicombe

Nestled at the bottom of red sandstone cliffs Torbay beach is a sheltered haven for those looking for a relaxing day out .This attractive stretch of shingle beach is perfect for simply hiring a deckchair, lying back and indulging in the spectacular views. For a bit more action there are a choice of watersports including canoeing, sailing and jet skiing.
Away from the sands, a steep walk to the cliff top is well rewarded with magnificent views across the bay. For those who want the breathtaking views, without losing breath there's always access to the cliff top via the cliff railway. Once at the top there is a café offering a wide selection of food and drink where you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful backdrop.

Westward Ho!

Over two miles of golden sand backed by a unique pebble ridge linking to Northam Burrows Country Park. Access is fairly easy down a concrete ramp from the town of Westward Ho!, named after the famous novel by Charles Kingsley. The beach is adjacent to the south west coast path and is well located for visits to many other nearby attractions including the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly

Woolacombe Sands

A surfer's utopia, Woolacombe beach comprises of two miles of magnificent golden sand backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs. The vibrant beach is a popular favourite with families, especially in the summer months. There are ample facilities available including beach huts, deckchair hire and lifeguards are regularly on duty. Speed boats and jet skis are prohibited in the water, but excellent facilities are available for surfing, windsurfing, sailing and sea canoeing.

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