Devon Beaches and Coast

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 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!

Nearest Beaches in Devon

  • Torre Abbey Beach

    Torre Abbey is the main Torquay beach on the promenade. A great family sandy beach in the town with some rocky sections to explore. The waters are shallow and safe and popular for watersports. On the other side of the seafront road is a large public green, called Torre Abbey read more

  • St Marys Bay Beach

    St Marys Bay beach is a secluded sand and shingle beach with interesting rock formations and surrounding cliffs. Operated by the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Access is a little difficult down a path with steep steps but well worth the effort with a sandy stretch of beach at the read more

  • Coryton Cove Beach

    Coryton Cove beach is an ideal family beach with gentle shelving sand/shingle and rock pools. The cove lies between the red cliffs of Dawlish and is backed by the train line. There have been many sightings of Dolphins off this beach. Formerly known as Gentleman’s Cove.

  • Dawlish Town Beach

    Dawlish Town beach is a gently shelving mix of shingle and sand, this makes it a good choice for a traditional family beach. All facilities by the beach or in Dawlish town: car parks, toilets, food, shops and deckchair hire.

  • Dawlish Warren Beach

    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 read more

  • Sugary Cove Beach

    Sugary Cove is a small sandy cove at the mouth of the river Dart overlooked by Dartmouth castle. Grassy picnic area above the cove with steep steps down. No facilities. We have no dog information for Sugary Cove beach.

  • Croyde Bay Beach

    Croyde Bay beach is a wide sandy beach with sand dunes. Popular with experienced and novice surfers including the reef and Downend Point. Parking and food. Plenty of surfing shops selling a whole range of equipment. We have no dog information for Croyde Bay beach.

  • Combe Martin Bay Beach

    Combe Martin Bay is a sandy and shingle sheltered cove on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. An ideal family beach. As the tide goes out a large area of sand is available with rock pools and safe swimming. The bay at Combe Martin is enclosed by high sea read more

  • Clovelly Beach

    Clovelly beach is pebble (sand at low tide) and holds a sheltered position, carved into the 400ft cliffs of this far North stretch of the Devon coast, has been a favorite Devon visitor spot for many years. If you wander down the pebble beach you get excellent estuary views and read more

  • Challaborough Beach

    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 read more

  • Westcombe Beach

    Westcombe beach is a small remote sandy cove. A little way outside Bigbury and requires a walk along the coast path to arrive at what is a nice picturesque cove that is never that busy. No facilities listed. We have no dog information for Westcombe beach.

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