Top 10 Devon Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Devon beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

   1. Sedgewell Cove Beach
   2. Shipload Bay Beach
   3. Breakwater Beach
   4. Saunton Sands Beach
   5. Beer Beach
   6. Bigbury on Sea Beach
   7. Herring Cove Beach
   8. Blackpool Sands Beach
   9. Hartland Quay Beach
   10. Sandymere Beach

  • 1. Sedgewell Cove Beach, Bigbury

    Sedgwell Cove beach is sand exposed at mid to low tide....
    For more details visit our Sedgewell Cove Beach page
  • Sedgewell Cove Beach.
  • 2. Shipload Bay Beach, Bideford

    Shipload Bay beach is sandy and very hard to get to. Shipload Bay, lies on the northern side of the Hartland peninsular on the coastal footpath....
    For more details visit our Shipload Bay Beach page
  • Shipload Bay Beach.
  • 3. Breakwater Beach, Brixham

    Breakwater beach is a small shingle beach by the Brixham harbour breakwater. This beach is close to all the facilities of the town and harbour....
    For more details visit our Breakwater Beach page
  • Breakwater Beach.
  • 4. Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton

    Saunton Sands, three miles of sandy beach at Saunton Sands is backed almost a 1000 hectares of amazing dunes, one of the largest dune areas in the UK, known as Braunton Burrows. The dunes provide a...
    For more details visit our Saunton Sands Beach page
  • Saunton Sands Beach.
  • 5. Beer Beach, Beer

    Beer Beach in East Devon is a very pretty, curved, pebble beach and usually quite busy all year round. The picturesque village of Beer lies around the cove and is a great spot for browsing or enjoy...
    For more details visit our Beer Beach page
  • Beer Beach.
  • 6. Bigbury on Sea Beach, Bigbury

    Bigbury-on-Sea beach is a large sandy beach, with some shingle mix. The beach is popular with surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers and swimmers and great for traditional children beach games with shal...
    For more details visit our Bigbury on Sea Beach page
  • Bigbury on Sea Beach.
  • 7. Herring Cove Beach, Bigbury

    Herring Cove is a rocky inlet on the western side of Burgh Island....
    For more details visit our Herring Cove Beach page
  • Herring Cove Beach.
  • 8. Blackpool Sands Beach, Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth

    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....
    For more details visit our Blackpool Sands Beach page
  • Blackpool Sands Beach.
  • 9. Hartland Quay Beach, Bideford

    Hartland Quay beach is rock, shingle and has spectacular rock and cliff scenery and an old Elizabethan harbour. This is the most north-westerly settlement in Devon. Hartland is a convenient...
    For more details visit our Hartland Quay Beach page
  • Hartland Quay Beach.
  • 10. Sandymere Beach, Bideford

    Sandymere beach is a large sandy beach that at the southern ends joins up with Westward. A popular beach with families, surfers and is used by a number of local residential activity centres for wat...
    For more details visit our Sandymere Beach page
  • Sandymere Beach.

In addition to our top beaches, Devon has 8 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

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Devon is one of the most popular holiday and beach areas of the United Kingdom. It has many beaches and coves split over two contrasting 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.

Devon is a holiday makers delight with beautiful beaches, dramatic and romantic scenery, countryside galore, quaint villages, historic buildings, bustling seaside towns, adventure activities, extreme sports and superb culinary delights. The trouble is; where to start!

There are five main areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dartmoor so if you are into the rugged outdoors Dartmoor is for you. Think 'Hounds of the Baskervilles' and 368 sq miles of being alone! The trails for mountain biking and walks are fantastic with pubs dotted along the way to help you stay refreshed.

In the Heart of Devon you'll find cities like Plymouth and Exeter. Plymouth is full of history and great to explore on a day out with the family or if you're just seeking a little more fun after a day at the beach. Exeter dates back to Roman times and is a perfect spot to while away a few shopping hours somewhere quirky and different to the usual mall.

The coastline near Torquay is often called 'The English Riviera' as it's all about the coast and its maritime history. Visit the Geopark, canoe the coves, fish and walk and don't forget to unwind on the beaches.

South Devon is packed with gentle sloping hills, sleepy seaside towns and beautiful beaches while North Devon offer stately homes set in acres of gardens and wilder ocean offering great surf. Exmoor is here offering mountain biking and more dramatic sport adventures for the wild at heart. Go coasteering and get up close to the more rugged areas of Devon!

Areas to explore in Devon include:

  • Dartmoor
  • The English Riviera
  • Heart of Devon
  • North Devon
  • South Devon


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