South Devon Beaches


Some kind friends came and collected me and the children and took us to Mothecombe beach in South Devon for the day and it was stunning. You wouldn't expect there to be no one around on sunny Sunday in August... but there really were not many people. Here the tide has turned and is flooding back into the estuary, bringing with it some kayakers.

For a great day on the South Devon beaches you will find that Ashcombe is only 4 miles from the seaside town of Dawlish and the glorious coast road which winds along the English Riviera. From a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ beach day to sailing, walking, bird-watching, surfing, diving and water-skiing there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Devon has 300 miles of coastline and with the second highest annual sunshine in the UK there’s a beach for everyone. You can take part in high-adrenalin water sports such as kite surfing, water skiing and wake boarding or learn to sail or windsurf on the River Exe at Exmouth. If you are feeling adventurous, diving centres at Exmouth and Teignmouth offer the opportunity for visitors of all diving abilities to explore hidden underwater worlds, from shallow reefs to deep wreck dives.

Visit the Victorian seaside resort of Dawlish where you can walk all the way along the coastline to Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth. Designated areas allow dogs. Dawlish Warren has a fun fair and mini-golf and a great Blue Flag beach for long walks, bird watching and picnics.   All Dawlish beaches are MCS Good Beach Guide approved.  The bathing water quality on many beaches from Dawlish to Torquay were awarded the highest Blue Flag score.

Brunel’s Scenic Coastal Railway follows the route of Brunel’s atmospheric railway on a track that hugs the beautiful South Devon coastline between Teignmouth and Dawlish and is a sight to see, especially in winter when the waves can break over the trains… perhaps a little bit too much in 2014 resulting in the destruction of the railway (reopened on 4 April 2014.)

Fisherman can catch sea bass, mullet and ling from Thatcher’s Rock just east of Torquay. Other deep sea fishing trips can be arranged from Teignmouth’s back beach.

Smaller, more secluded beaches can be found driving along the winding coast road from Teignmouth to Torquay. These beaches along the English Riviera have some lovely swimming areas notably at Babbacombe where you can also visit the model village and lunch at the Cary Arms.

Travel further west and surfers can enjoy the vast beach at Bantham while others can visit the historic Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel, integral in Devonian Agatha Christie’s plots.