South West England

Things to Do: Beaches

Combe Martin Beach, Nr Ilfracombe, Devon (North Coast)

On the Heritage Coast and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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A firm favourite of local families, this unspoilt beach is mainly shingle at the top, with plenty of sand at low water. There are natural rock pools providing endless interest.

Hartland Quay Beach, Hartland Quay, Devon (North Coast)

Sand, rock pools and rocks to scramble over.

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Beach set in a bay backed by spectacular cliffs. Plenty of rock pools to explore.

Croyde Bay Beach, Nr Braunton, Devon (North Coast)

A half mile sandy bay backed by sand dunes.

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The fine sand and dunes make this a popular beach with families. The beach also benefits from high waves and is a big hit with the surfers. There is also a surf school for those who are keen to join the action on the water.

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfacombe, Ilfracombe, Devon (North Coast)

Hand carved tunnels leading to sheltered coves and a tidal pool.

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This is a popular beach for families with rock pools and a tidal swimming pool for the children. It’s also a beautiful area of coastline with sea views towards Lundy Island and South Wales.

Hele Bay Beach, Nr Ilfracombe, Devon (North Coast)

Set in a small cove in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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A free car park and toilets within easy walking distance and access via a slipway (wheelchair access is difficult). The centre of the beach is flat sand and shingle at high or low tide. Low tide exposes rocks on either side of the beach with rock pools and fishing.

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