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The dog-friendly, one-mile long Beesands beach boasts some stunning views of Start Bay. Add to that some excellent walks, a popular café and restaurant, plus the Widdicombe Ley nature reserve, and there’s everything you need for a great family day out.
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Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2EN.
Beesands beach is 13.5 miles from Salcombe.
If you’re coming from Kingsbridge, leave the town on the A379 towards Dartmouth and follow the below directions from (3).
The Coleridge Bus is a volunteer-run local service, which stops at Beesands on Fridays (correct at the time of writing). Have a look at the Coleridge Bus timetable for further details and be aware that prior booking is usually required.
The nearest regular bus stop is at Torcross. The 93 service stops at Torcross Stores en route between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. For more information you can download a timetable here.
Beesands beach is perfectly placed to reach on foot from either Hallsands to the south or Slapton Sands to the north. The shortest walk from Hallsands is just under 1.5 miles, although there are some more meandering alternatives of up to 3 miles which the National Trust have signposted for your convenience.
It’s a similar distance (1.2 miles) from Torcross, where you’ll find the nearest bus stop.
Parking is free at Beesands beach.
Dogs are permitted on the main beach from October to April only.
Beautiful Slapton Sands, also part of Start Bay, is similar in many ways to Beesands beach: a long shingle beach, running parallel to a large freshwater lake. Like Beesands, it also has excellent food and drink options.
Beesands is a mile-long shingle beach which is especially popular with anglers, dog walkers and watersports enthusiasts. It has an out-of-the-way, unspoilt feel, but at the same time there is a thriving village community meaning you’ll see people ‘out and about’ all year round. There’s a traditional, working feel to the fishing village of Beesands – crab and lobster fishing remain important to its economy – and lots of visitors enjoy this down-to-earth, traditional aspect of the village. That’s one reason it features amongst our favourite fishing villages in Devon.
Eating and drinking options are particularly good by Beesands beach. The Cricket Inn, just a stone’s throw from the water, puts a strong emphasis on local food, including the fruits of Start Bay. The Cricket Inn is also where, as teenage holidaymakers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together in public – not a bad claim to fame!
Britannia @ The Beach, known by locals as ‘The Shack’, is the other daytime dining option. It puts a similar emphasis on high-quality local food, especially seafood, but it’s more than a café: it’s a fishmonger, local shop and takeaway too. You’ll be surprised at the breadth of the menu relative to the size of this little eatery, and it’s not all about seafood either. Britannia @ The Beach is a ‘bring your own’ café so feel free to take a bottle of your favourite tipple with you.
Despite the impact of coastal erosion on Beesands’ parking facilities, there are still free parking bays close to the Cricket Inn and Britannia @ The Beach, and there is a further car park towards the centre of the beach. This second area is popular with those who need to bring a lot of kit with them. Shore anglers, for example, can have their hooks in the water just a few minutes after arriving, without having to traipse over deep shingle banks or treacherous coastal paths with their kit. The same goes for windsurfers, with whom Beesands seems especially popular.
Beesands beach’s location, nestled between Hallsands and Slapton Sands (Torcross), makes it a favourite of walkers, particularly those bringing their dogs. You can walk to either beach in around half an hour via the Coast Path. This is the perfect place to head for bracing challenging walks that will provide you with some unforgettable views without needing all day to complete.
Other things to do include letting your kids burn off some energy at the children’s playground or going nature spotting at Widdicombe Ley, a freshwater lake surrounded by reeds, shrubs and trees. There’s a wheelchair-accessible hide for birdwatching on the southwest edge of the lake.
Beesands beach is a great place to fill your lungs with delightful fresh sea air and your stomach with delicious fresh seafood. We definitely recommend adding it to your list of places to visit when you’re in South Devon.
The Lobster Pot is situated in a peaceful seaside location, just a few steps from the shingle beach in the fishing village of Beesands boasting superb sea views from the spacious living accommodation, balcony and three of the bedrooms.