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Long sandy beach, rockpools and dunes with beautiful sunsets
One of the most popular beaches in the South Hams, the golden sands looks out over a bay of crystal clear waters framed by craggy rock formations including the iconic Thurlestone Rock.
Enjoy a relaxing family day on the beach exploring rock pools, beachcombing and taking a dip in the sea. The nearby wetland is home to many species and is an ideal place to spot rare migratory birds. For the more adventurous there are great wind surfing and kayaking opportunities in these sheltered waters.
The bay is also an ideal diving spot to witness the sunken wreck of the Louis Shied situated just off shore.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Our National Trust tenant, the beachhouse café is getting fab reviews:
- 'A jewel that I don't wish to tell anyone about in case they take our table on the next visit'
- 'By far the best place to eat in Devon'
Check out Trip Advisor for more info
Saturday 20 11am - 6pm and Sunday 21 June 12 noon to 6pm
Try out some taster sessions; sit on kayaks, stand up paddle boards, windsurfing and sea kayaking.
There will be competitions for children, beginners and experienced paddlers too. Plus Active Devon will be running sports activities on the beach including beach volleyball. For more information click on our events page.
Follow the coast path
Follow the coast path east for 30 minutes and you'll reach the pretty village of Hope Cove with its snug cottages, local pub and family friendly beaches.
This wetland area behind the beach provides an important refuge for breeding and wintering waterbirds and also for migrating birds in the spring and autumn.
Today the site is managed by Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society in partnership with the National Trust and local landowners and farmers. Grazing cows help maintain the traditional balance of meadow grasses and flowers.