Beaches near Coleton Fishacre
Coleton Fishacre borders a stretch of rugged coastline, along which you'll find a couple of secluded coves cared for by the National Trust. They're reached by walks through quiet lanes and countryside, so perfect if you're looking for a quiet beach on a sunny day. Dogs are welcome at both beaches.
Down the road from Coleton Fishacre you'll find Scabbacombe Lane, with Scabbacombe car park (National Trust) tucked on the right a little way down it. From the car park a public footpath leads to Scabbacombe beach; the walk is about one mile through fields, steep in places but with great views over the sea. Once you reach the beach you can cool off with a swim, or even carry on walking along the South West Coast Path. This beach is very quiet, and popular with nudists.
Man Sands beach
Further down Scabbacombe Lane you'll find Man Sands car park (National Trust). From here, a walk down the lane leads you past a bird hide and on to Man Sands beach. From the bird hide you can look out over Man Sands wetland and down to the beach. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to walk from the car park to the beach, but longer to walk back up as it's pretty steep in places. The ground is unevan, so sturdy footwear is sensible.
It's well worth the walk to reach the beach though, which is popular for swimming and surfing, as well as rock pooling at low tide.