Beautiful Beaches

A view of Slapton Sands - you can walk a long way... as the beach is miles long

Slapton Sands

Award winning Slapton Sands is a lovely family shingle beach which you and your friends can enjoy year on year. Your local beach where you can meet the sea… and enjoy days out – just a short walk away…

From Slapton Sands, you can walk along the beach towards Torcross Sands on a trek for fish and chips…

After a short walk you will see Start Bay Inn on your left – right on the beach – scramble up where you can sit outside and enjoy a family lunch. Cross the road and you will find yourselves in the Torcross Memorial car park , where you can join Slapton Ley and explore the local wildlife.

  • Beachside café at either end
  • Water activities including: surfing, wind surfing, kayaking and canoes – all of which can be rented on the day
  • Disabled beach access and toilets
  • Dog friendly all year round
  • Slapton Sands history

Slapton Sands - your local beach...

Torcross Beach - an extension of Slapton Sands

Torcross Beach

Torcross Beach is the name given to the southern tip of Slapton Sands, and by most, it’s considered a separate beach entirely.

The excellent facilities at Torcross Beach make it a favourite place for families, dog owners and those with limited mobility.


A great time to walk along the beach is at sunrise or sunset when the wildlife is rife – you will often spot seals exploring the rocky outcrops, and if you’re lucky, dolphins dancing and feasting on shoals of mackerel.


  • Shingle shores with picturesque views of Start Bay, and on a clear day, you can spot the Start Point Lighthouse
  • An award winning safe clean beach
  • Lifeguards during the summer months – with flags for safe swimming
  • Parking is plentiful -adjacent to the beach
  • Disabled beach access and toilets – disabled access to the beach is via a slipway
  • The level promenade is perfect for wheelchair users and buggies

Blackpool Sands

Just down the road from Carlane Court, Blackpool Sands comes as a wonderful surprise! It’s an award winning beach in South Devon.

This beach is very popular with families – with the smoothest little pebbles, which make the water astonishingly clear.


The pontoon floating off the shore is the coolest place to be when temperatures soar, good for diving off into the bay’s blue waters.


  • Well stocked beach shop where you can buy: fishing nets, beach games and great gifts!
  • The Venus café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day; serving sustainably sourced seafood and local produce – with lobster and steak making regular appearances on the menu.
  • YES to fish and chips!
  • Award winning beach for cleanliness

One of the coolest places to be when temperatures soar...

Beesands has some amazing rock formations

Beesands Beach

Beesands is a mile-long shingle beach backed by fields, rolling hills and the freshwater Widdicombe Ley lake.

For a taste of old-school Devon life, Beesands is a tiny local village, where fishing boats still offer up the catch of the day on the village green.  The fresh crab sandwiches served locally have to be right at the top of any sea food lovers’ wish list.

  • Award winning beach – The Blue Flag – a guarantee of excellence and The Marine Conservation society – recommended in the Good Beach Guide
  • A large shingle beach with direct access to the South West Coast Path with rolling countryside and wild woodland – there are so many areas to explore. Bring your walking shoes!
  • At one end of the beach there are majestic cliffs featuring some interesting rock formations
  • Directly behind the beach is the village green and access to the large freshwater lake, Widdecombe Ley – which attracts plenty of birds and wildlife, so pack your binoculars
  • Beesands beach is dog friendly  all year round

Salcombe Beaches

Around the coastal town of Salcombe, you’ll find pretty coves, picturesque beaches and soft sand. It’s the perfect place to get away from the crowds and find your own ideal beach spot. There are two main Salcombe beaches – South Sands and North Sands.


The beaches are pristine sandy beaches with calm turquoise waters and an abundance of traditional seafood shacks along the way. Make a day of it and take a ferry from Salcombe to East Portlemouth; offering access to coastal paths, ‘off the beat’ coves and more beautiful sandy picnic spots.

A picturesque ferry operates between Salcombe and South Sands, with a Sea Tractor ferrying passengers between the boat and the South Sands beach. Look for the blue, red and yellow ferry!

  • Dogs not allowed between 1st May – 30th September.


Salcombe South Sands - a lovely family beach with soft sand

Accessible by ferry, car (with limited parking, TQ8 8LL) or walking from Salcombe town (25-30 minutes)

Salcombe North Sands - also a lovely family beach with soft sand

Salcombe North Sands

Perfect for families with great swimming and calm waters due to the safe bay.

The beach is totally submerged at high tide. In low tide there are plenty of rockpools to explore. View tide times here


  • Water activity centre with boat hire
  • Ample parking, a beach café and shop
  • The Winking Prawn is right on the beach and a lovely place to eat
  • Public toilets and disabled access
  • Dogs are welcome all year round at North Sands 


Bigbury-on-Sea is an expansive sandy beach, lapped by clear shallow waters. The beach offers safe fun for groups, particularly if you’ve got children in tow. 

The beach is dotted with rock pools, so there’s plenty of entertainment for budding marine biologists who like to explore.

A wide selection of water sports are on offer -so if you want to try something different, windsurfing and kite-surfing are popular here, with hire facilities located right on the beach.

The beach has excellent water quality so you can be sure the whole family is safe to enjoy the sea, whether it’s paddling your feet, or swimming along the beautiful beach

  • Lifeguards are present on the beach during May to September – the beach also has a first-aid room
  • Dogs are not allowed on the main beach from October to May, with the beach to the west of the causeway welcoming dogs all year round

With a beautiful vista and plenty of rock pools to explore

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