Coast and beaches in Devon
The beaches and coast along the rugged Devon landscape are ideal for a day out with the family. Take a coastal walk in the fresh air or enjoy games on the beach.
Perhaps the best known of North Devon’s beaches, Woolacombe has flat golden sands and is a haven for surfing and body boarding.
Wander down the lovely Peppercombe Valley and you will come upon Peppercombe beach. The beach is rocky but with sand at low tide and 280-million-year-old striking red sandstone cliffs.
A secret beach that is worth exploring. Waterfalls and rock pools are waiting to be explored amongst the dramatic geological rock formations.
Baggy Point overlooks Croyde, one of the best surfing beaches in North Devon. It has stunning coastal views, great walks and opportunities to climb, surf and coasteer.
A hidden gem where the huge cliffs of Exmoor plunge into the sea. This pebbled cove is reached by a gentle one mile walk along the tranquil Heddon Valley. Image Override
The pebble beach at this peaceful coastal hamlet on Exmoor is a great place to spot coastal birds such as curlews, shelducks and little egrets making the most of tidal pools.
Explore all the best beaches in south Devon including quieter spots and hidden coves.
A small sandy cove that can only be reached on foot or by boat, Soar Mill Cove is best visited at low tide, when there is plenty of beach, and rocks to climb and explore.
Explore peaceful dog-friendly beaches that are worth the walk to reach. Popular for swimming and surfing, as well as rock pooling at low tide.
From water sports on the beach to rock-pooling with the family, discover the adventures to be had when you visit Wembury and the surrounding areas.
Explore this hidden gem only accessible by foot or by boat. Park at Ringmore carpark and follow a gentle 1 mile walk along farmland with impressive views of Bigbury and Burgh Island.
Fantastic for a family day out, the shingle beach at Branscombe is part of the famous Jurassic Coast. See what hidden creatures you can discover in the rock pools.
Visit sandy retreats and quiet coves away from the South Hams’ busier beaches. They’re perfect for resting awhile when walking the coast path, or spending the day discovering rockpools at low tide.
From Bolt Tail, wander down the coast path until you pass through the narrow woods and you’ll find yourself standing on the sandy Hope Cove.
Explore the rugged coastline of Devon and explore the South West Coast Path during your visit.
With a variety of walks and views, East Soar has plenty to see. Discover seascapes, secret coves and rugged clifftop walks along the way. You could even try out some outdoor activities.
With gentle countryside walks and coastal hikes to follow, flora and fauna to spot, and places to run, the Sidmouth countryside has plenty on offer year-round.
Discover the ruins of an English Civil War fort at Gallants Bower, Little Dartmouth, or enjoy a gentle walk through Crownley Woods. Enjoy views for miles and historic monuments along the way.
Explore an unspoilt island, home to a wide array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery. Stroll through the village, explore a historic landscape and discover a disused lighthouse.
Best known as one end of the Jurassic coastline, Orcombe Point sits high above Exmouth beach with spectacular ocean views and well used footpaths.
A gateway to a wild, remote coast with a rich history of wrecking and smuggling. Amazing walking, wildlife and sunbathing seals.
A stretch of coast east of the Dart Estuary. The South West Coast Path runs along the rugged cliffs and into coves. There's an all-ability trail from Brownstone car park for 1 mile.
Thanks to funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, places in Devon have started improvements to help make the South West Coast Path a year-round experience. Find out where has benefited.