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Beaches in South Devon

Along the 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 20 beaches and coves.

Some are wide, sandy beaches, others are smaller and more secluded. Many of the beaches hold coveted awards for cleanliness and quality.

Beaches in South Devon
Secluded beaches along a rocky coastline.

Brixham is at the far end of Torbay and is in the lee of Berry Head. This combined with the famous Brixham Breakwater ensures that Brixham is a sheltered port and a natural shelter.

The beaches are not as extensive as the rest of Torbay, but for some visitors this can be considered a good thing. The beaches are found in coves, are more secluded, less prone to overcrowding on busy periods and have more of a rocky coastline to explore.

Brixham also has the only outdoor sea pool in the bay! Rock pools, fishing and a quiet time can all be enjoyed by taking those extra few minutes to get to the beach.

However within 2 miles or Brixham can be found Broad sands which is one of the most extensive gently sloping beaches in the Bay, with lots of parking and all facilities. This beach can be reached by a short car journey or, by a walk along the South West coastal path.

This also takes in Churston & Elberry cove and Broad sands headland and makes a great day out for the active! Further south around Berry Head, the beaches of the South Hams beckon, Man Sands, beautiful Blackpool sands and magnificent Slapton sands, all worth a visit.

Shoalstone Beach.
Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Easy, to rear of the breakwater, gently shelving. Difficult disabled access
Bus No - 17 Shoalstone Beach
Facilities - Limited parking, no dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments. This open air sea pool also has lifeguards.

Breakwater Beach.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Easy, to rear of the breakwater, gently shelving. Difficult disabled
Bus No - 17 Breakwater
Facilities - Limited parking, no dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, toilets nearby. Open air sea pool nearby (Shoalstone) plus rockpools. Blue Flag

St. Mary's Bay.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Moderate, down steps The beach is found to the SW of Berry Head
Bus No - 17 (St Marys Bay Holiday Camp)
Facilities - Parking, 400M away at Sharkham point car park. No dogs allowed. Disabled access may be difficult

Fishcombe.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Easy, to rear of the breakwater, gently shelving.
Bus No - 17 Devon Cottage
Facilities - Limited parking. Café/Refreshments and deck chair hire. William of Orange landed his army in this secluded cove, 15 th November 1668.

Churston Cove.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access -Moderate
Bus No - (17 Devon Cottage)
Facilities - Limited

Fairy Cove, Paignton Harbour.

Type: Sand/Shingle
Access: Moderate. From steps at back of harbour
Bus No: As Paignton Beach
Facilities: No parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, but limited beach. Swimming only at high tide unless snorkelling or scuba diving over the rocks, for which this beach is popular. Disabled access - Poor

Elberry Cove.

Type - Shingle. A pretty and popular water skier's beach, off the coastal path.
Access -Moderate
Bus No - 118 Broadsands Park Road
Facilities - Parking ½ mile away (Broadsands) Live saving equipment, all else limited

Paignton Sands and Preston Sands.

Type: Sand - Stretching from Paignton Harbour to Preston, over 1/2 mile of beach
Access: Easy
Bus No: All services to Paignton Bus Station
Facilities: Ample parking, dogs banned, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, first aid post, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, restaurant, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire, public telephone. Disabled - easy access, toilets by beach.

Goodrington Sands.

Type: Sand - South sands is close to Quay West and has an expanse of beach at both low and high water.
Access: Easy
Bus No: 4, 118 (Torbay Leisure Centre
Facilities: Ample parking, dogs not allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, restaurant, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire. Disabled - easy access, toilets by beach.

Beaches in Torquay.

Whilst exploring Torquay's beaches, you'll find that many are linked by the South West Coast Path. Stretching from the south side of Brixham to Maidencombe, this walk around the Bay offers excellent and varied walking with spectacular sea views.

You will find beach cafes and watering holes for the thirsty and a wide variety of flora and fauna for naturalists.

If you like water sports, fishing, boating, or just lazing the day away, the coastline of Torbay has a wide variety on offer.

Maidencombe Beach, Maidencombe.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Generally easy, but steep in places.
Bus No - 85 (Maidencombe Cross)
Facilities - Ample parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, deck chair / sun bed hire, public telephone, disabled access, toilets nearby (above beach).

Watcombe Beach, Watcombe.

Type - Sand
Access - Moderate, but steep in places
Disabled - Difficult access
Bus No - 85 (Maidencombe Cross)
Facilities - Ample parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, deck chair / sun bed hire, public telephone, toilets nearby (above beach).

Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Moderate (cliff lift)
Disabled - Difficult access
Bus No - 32, 122 (Furrough Cross)
Facilities - Parking - 1/2 mile from beach, dogs banned, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, first aid post, toilets by beach, baby changing facilities, cafe / refreshments, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire, public telephone, toilets by beach.

Babbacombe Beach, Babbacombe.

Type - Sand / Shingle
Access - Moderate
Disabled - moderate access
Popular For - Fishing off breakwater, and for sailing
Bus No - 32, 85, 122 (St Annes Road)
Facilities - Limited parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, deck chair / sun bed hire, public telephone., toilets by beach.

Meadfoot Beach, Torquay.

Type - Pebble / Sand
Access - Easy
Disabled - Moderate access.
Bus No - X80 (Hesketh Crescent, Kilmorie end)
Facilities - Ample parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, life saving equipment, toilets by beach, baby changing facilities, cafe / refreshments, deck chair / sun bed hire, chalet hire, public telephone.


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