MAR 26, 2015

5 of the best beaches in South Devon

The south west corner of the UK is home to some of the most beautiful coastal areas in the country, so it’s difficult to narrow them down and choose just 5 beaches for this list! Whether you enjoy coastal walks on pebbled beaches, surfing the waves, or simply relaxing in the sun on a sandy beach, you’ll find something that takes your fancy along Devon’s south coast...

1) Bantham Beach – If surfing or water-sports are your thing then get yourself down to Bantham. This long, sandy beach is famed for its lively waters which are perfect for surfing, yet it also has areas shallow enough for children to swim safely in, making it the perfect family beach.

2) Wembury Beach – Located along the south coast, close to Plymouth, Wembury beach is the perfect place for spotting some of the UK’s most colourful shore-dwelling creatures. Sandy coves and rock pools are backed by low cliffs, and nearby Wembury Marine Centre runs summertime rock pool rambles for kids.

3) Blackpool Sands – This mile-long stretch of privately owned shingle attracts families in their droves during the summer holidays. Tucked cosily beneath wooded cliffs, Blackpool Sands is one of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the region. During the day keen swimmers can practice their dives from a floating dock, and there’s a beach cafe that stays open beyond sunset, perfect for winding down after a day of sunbathing and sandcastle-building.

4) Dawlish Warren Beach – This stunning south Devon beach has won the Blue Flag Award nine times and is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you’re looking for a beach where you can get close to nature then Dawlish Warren is the one for you. The sand dunes that surround the beach are home to over 600 types of flowering plants, and wildfowl and wading birds are abundant here too.

5) Bigbury on Sea Beach – This beach is dusted with golden sands that are gently lapped by shallow waters, making it the ideal family beach. It is dotted with rock pools to explore, and there are activities available if you’re not the sunbathing type. Bigbury on Sea beach is also well equipped with family and disabled facilities, as well as a first aid room, so it’s perfectly safe and accessible for everyone.

Created on 26th March 2015
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