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Situated on a stunning stretch of the South West Coast Path, Challaborough Beach is a picturesque little sandy cove, which sits in the shadow of Bigbury-On-Sea and looks out over iconic Burgh Island.
Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 4HZ for Challaborough Beach.
Challaborough Beach is just under 12 miles from Salcombe.
This beach is approximately 20 miles from Dartmouth.
Challaborough Beach is a short walk, albeit steep, walk from Bigbury-On-Sea and Bantham Beach, and a moderate hike away from Thurlestone Sands, South Milton Sands and Hope Cove’s beaches. You can also walk from the National Trust car park in Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove, and from there take a left and walk the half a mile or so.
There is a small privately-owned car park with room for around 20 cars, just a few metres from the beach. Parking costs £5 per day. Report to the holiday park’s reception to pay.
There is more capacity at nearby Bigbury-On-Sea, which is a 10-15 minute walk away (involving steep hills).
With a nice sandy middle area and enticing rockpools at the edges for kids to explore, Challaborough Beach has similarities to Mouthwell Sands at Hope Cove. South Milton Sands and Thurlestone Sands also offer similar terrain. Other compact coves, which are rather quieter, include Lannacombe Beach, Mattiscombe Sands and Ayrmer Cove.
Challaborough Beach sits in a wonderful spot. It’s situated in the shadow of Blue Flag-awarded Bigbury-On-Sea beach, just a stone’s throw from famous Bantham Beach, and looks out over unique and iconic Burgh Island. However, since it’s surrounded by these famous South Devon treasures, it’s perhaps the case that this pretty little cove is often overlooked by Devon residents and holidaymakers alike.
If you’ve already been to our region’s best known beaches and like the thought of exploring somewhere new, then Challaborough Beach makes an excellent option. This applies whether you’re a walker, swimmer, sunbather, artist or any other kind of beach-lover. Challaborough is also a popular place for surfing, especially at times during the summer, when the waves off Bigbury-On-Sea and Bantham are at their busiest.
As a sandy beach, Challaborough is perfect for having a picnic or making sandcastles with the kids, while the rockpools at the edges offer endless fun for intrepid youngsters. A holiday park backs onto the sand, meaning there are lots of facilities close by, including a well-stocked beach shop, public toilets and a café. The proximity of the park also means that the beach becomes very busy with holidaymakers during the summer, so if you’re looking for a little more room to spread out, you have a couple of other options in the local area:
At all times of the year, Challaborough makes a lovely spot for a rest as you walk the Coast Path. You can see beautiful Burgh Island and its iconic Art Deco hotel from a new perspective before travelling further along the Coast Path or making your way inland, for example to Ringmore Woods which is around 1.25 miles from Challaborough Beach.
Just 10 minutes walk from Challabough Beach at Bigbury-On-Sea, Coast & Country Cottages offers these two exceptional holiday properties for self-catering breaks:
25 Burgh Island Causeway (sleeps 4)
This top floor, two-bedroom apartment offers unforgettable views of Burgh Island and the land bridge that joins it to Bigbury-On-Sea’s fantastic Blue Flag beach.
Enjoy an al fresco glass of wine from your balcony as you savour the scenery, or head inside to the stylish living and dining area where the views continue to impress.
Enjoy a week’s holiday at 25 Burgh Island Causeway from just £543.
2 Avon Quillet (sleeps 6)
Another stunning property for holidaymakers who can never get enough of stunning sea views, 2 Avon Quillet is a well-presented first-floor apartment with panoramic views of Bigbury Bay.
You can also enjoy the view from the en-suite master bedroom in this recently refurbished holiday home, which sits perfectly for easy access to a stunning stretch of the South West Coast Path. Book your holiday from just £410 per week.