Devon is a county famed for its coastline, and if you’re heading to this picturesque location on your next holiday, then a trip to the beach is a must! The varied seascape ranges from towering and wild cliffs to inviting golden sands, and it’s this, in part, what makes this area so spectacular. With such a diverse coastline, an array of interests are catered for. The abundance of wildlife ensures those keen to catch a glimpse won’t have to wait long. While the sun-seekers can spend a day or two catching the warming rays and relaxing on the sands. For the adventure-lovers, the miles of coastline are a delight to explore, and along the route, kayaking coasteering and surfing are all activities available to enjoy.

Salcombe North Sands 

North Sands Beach near Salcombe, Devon.

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A 15-minute walk from the postcard-worthy town of Salcombe will lead you to the stunning Salcombe North Sands. A gorgeous golden bay awaits, with views of the estuary and passing boats. As a year-round dog-friendly beach, it’s perfect for those visiting with their four-legged friends. If you are planning a visit, check the tide times ahead of your trip, as when it is in, the bay is entirely under water, but at low tide, the nearby rock pools and inviting sands are revealed.

Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach, looking toward Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

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Encompassed within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is the stunning Bantham Beach. This one is perfect for family’s keen for an old-fashioned day by the sea. Bring along your buckets, spades and rock-pooling gear, a picnic and grab an ice-cream, as a day by on the beach, is a day well spent! The scenery is simply stunning at Bantham Beach, with views of Burgh Island and Bigbury Bay, which when the tide is out, you can walk to. There are nearby toilets and parking, as well as lifeguards during the peak season.

Hartland Quay

Hartland Quay Beach, Hartland

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Notably one of the most dramatic entries on the list, the beach is wild and untamed, with towering and rugged rocks. The landscape allows you to completely disconnect from your day to day realities as you become absorbed in its undeniable beauty. Hartland Quay is a pebble and rock beach, which when the tide is right, is a fantastic spot for a swim or surf, the views looking back in land are remarkable, and more than worth getting wet for.

Woolacombe

Woolacombe beach at sunset

Located between the two headlands of Baggy Point and Morte Point, is a stunning three-mile stretch of golden sands, Woolacombe. It’s likely that during your approach to Woolacombe, you’ll get a feel for why so many people have fallen head over heels in love with this scenic spot. Sweeping views of the grass-covered headlands create a stunning contrast to the vast open sands and ocean; it really is a feast for your eyes. Woolacombe is a firm family favourite; there are beach toilets, showers, and a fantastic selection of eateries and shops just a short walk away.

Porlock Weir Beach

Porlock Weir Beach

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Porlock is an idyllic seaside village along the coast of Exmoor National Park. With winding streets lined with beautiful historic houses, it feels like a place from another time. In the village, you’ll find a selection of independent shops, cute tearooms and welcoming pubs. There is beauty at every turn, with the open ocean often absorbing the limelight. Porlock Weir is a small hamlet a short drive from the main village, head towards the Ship Inn, and the sights of the sea will welcome you. If you’re a keen surfer, then the Weir is somewhat of a hotspot in the winter, and on the right day, clean waves have been known to reach more than six-foot! For those keen to get into the water and ride some of the waves along the Devon coastline, check out our recent blog on where’s best to go!

Have you got a favourite beach in Devon? One that you return to, year after year during a Devon glamping trip? We’d love to hear where you head during the summer months, so that we can go and check them out too!

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