Man Sands is a straightforward 10-minute drive from Kingswear (two regular car ferries operate from Dartmouth to carry you across the estuary).
However, using a postcode that’s widely given online (TQ5 0AJ) on your sat nav may be problematic, as – speaking from personal experience! – the instructions could lead you down Southdown Road via the outskirts of Brixham, and from here there’s no vehicular access to the Man Sands car parks.
Instead, using the postcode TQ6 0EF should lead you to Scabbacombe Road (although it’s advisable to check a map of your route first). This road becomes Woodhuish Lane, where the Man Sands National Trust car park is located.
The coordinate for GPS device users are: 50.367333, -3.529703.
The OS grid reference is: SX913530
Leave Kingswear on the B3025.
After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Broad Road, signposted for Coleton Fishacre.
After just over half a mile, the road will bend left. Take the left immediately afterwards (marked by a dead-end sign).
The National Trust car park is about a mile further along this road. (You’ll pass the Scabbacombe car park first, which would involve a longer walk if you stop here.)
Carry on walking down Woodhuish Lane to reach the beach.
Located between Kingswear and Brixham, Aft Cottage (sleeps 6) is just a 10-minute drive from Man Sands, in a fantastic spot for exploring both the South Hams and the English Riviera.
This well-appointed three-bedroom terrace house provides pleasant views of the Dart Valley, has allocated parking, and boasts a lovely enclosed garden for making the most of our region’s famous microclimate.
Dartmouth, a short hop from Kingswear on one of two regular ferries (along with a separate passenger ferry), is a picturesque, historic harbour town and tranquil holiday destination, where Coast & Country Cottages offers over 120 self-catering properties.