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Lannacombe Beach is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, towards the southern tip of South Devon. Boasting a dramatic landscape, thriving wildlife, a dog friendly beach and direct access to the South West Coast Path, it comes as no surprise that it’s one of South Devon’s most loved hidden gems. Wild and unspoilt in its beauty, the beach is small and sandy, and is flanked by rocky outcrops on the craggier side of the South Devon coastline, between Prawle Point and Start Point. This secluded spot fully embraces its rugged charm, and is one of the quietest beaches in the region, the perfect bolthole for those in search of solitude and wide open space.
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– Facilities at Lannacombe Beach
– Is Lannacombe Beach dog friendly?
– Walks from Lannacombe Beach
– Things to do at Lannacombe Beach
– Similar beaches near Lannacombe Beach
– Where is Lannacombe Beach?
– Holiday cottages near Lannacombe Beach
Lannacombe Beach is an unspoilt cove that boasts no facilities, but what it lacks in amenities it certainly makes up for in natural beauty, and this alone is viewed by many as a fair trade off for escaping the crowds. When visiting the beach it’s best to go prepared, so pack a sumptuous picnic and essential supplies, but if that fails, not to worry because you can always hike to the nearby Pigs Nose Inn, situated in East Prawle.
Before you go to Lannacombe Beach it’s a good idea to pick up a tide timetable from the local Post Office or Tourist Information Centre – the water here can cover the sands very quickly and you don’t want to get caught out. It’s also worth noting that access to the beach, via a cobbled slipway, is closed at 8pm.
Lannacombe Beach is dog friendly all year round and is extremely popular amongst dog walkers. The beach is perfectly placed to explore the South West Coast Path, and so you will often find ramblers resting their tired toes and paws whilst taking in the jaw-dropping vista. At Coast & Country Cottages we love dogs, and in equal measure we love the beach, so we’ve created a guide to the best dog friendly beaches in South Devon – be sure to read this for more inspiration on where to head with your four legged friend.
Despite its rugged terrain and remote geography, you won’t find yourself short of things to do at Lannacombe Beach. As you would expect, those visiting are amongst the more hardy and seasoned of beach enthusiasts, and you will find a range of traditional British seaside activities underway, including sunbathing, picnicking and rockpooling. The calm, clean and crystal clear waters make it a popular spot not just for swimmers and snorkelers, but also for those with paddleboards and kayaks. Access to the beach with a vessel is relatively simple, and the beach slipway provides easy access for a self launch. Do note, the beach is not supervised by lifeguards, so always check conditions before embarking on an adventure.
Lannacombe Beach and the surrounding area is a haven for wildlife, both in and out of the water. Grey seals are often spotted, and sometimes pods of dolphins dance their way across the bay and provide quite a spectacle. The rockpools, exposed on a low tide, are teeming with sea life that budding marine biologists love to investigate. The ultimate natural environment for explorers, there is a small and safe stream running down the beach, and even better, an adjacent small sandy beach called Ivy Cove, which can be accessed by safely climbing over the rocks on the beach or from the coast path.
For those keen to venture a little further afield, pick up the coast path and head to Start Point Lighthouse, which is a great place to learn age old tales of shipwrecks and wild storms. In the opposite direction is Prawle Point, and the Prawle Point Visitor Centre is highly interactive and boasts a huge observation window, and you can also follow progress of shipping and consult a weather station for local conditions. For other facilities like shops, cafés and restaurants, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe are just a short drive away and are well worth exploring. For more inspiration on how best to spend your time, download our guide on things to do in South Devon.
Situated just a stone’s throw (quite literally!) from the South West Coast Path, Lannacombe Beach boasts a wealth of varied walking routes that provide access to South Devon’s rugged and spectacular coastline, so it comes as no surprise that it’s a popular spot with outdoor enthusiasts. From Lannacombe Beach, head west to Prawle Point, and for those really eager, continue to Gara Rock Beach and onwards to East Portlemouth Beach, situated adjacent to the harbour town of Salcombe. Oppositely, head towards Start Point, continuing north to the lost village at Hallsands, Beesands – but be warned, this coastline is arduous, and only recommended for those with the correct kit and requisite stamina.
At Coast & Country Cottages we love walking, so much so, we’ve created a comprehensive walking guide detailing varying routes that tread both the coast and countryside of South Devon. For more inspiration, download our walking guide today.
This stretch of the South Devon coastline is punctuated with secluded bays, rocky outcrops and smugglers coves, all of which are perfect for exploring. Similar beaches near Lannacombe Beach include Mattiscombe Beach, Gara Rock Beach and East Portlemouth Beach. Just a little further afield you will find the shingle shores within Start Bay, such as Hallsands, Beesands and Torcross. If remoteness and seclusion is your preferred environment, be sure to read our article on secret beaches in South Devon for some of the region’s most magical boltholes. For a full guide, read our article on the best beaches in South Devon.
As the crow flies, Lannacombe Beach is just four miles from the harbour town of Salcombe, however, by road, the journey is somewhat different and you will navigate a matrix of windy roads and countryside lanes. Accessible by car, Lannacombe Beach is well known for being a little off the beaten track, but don’t be put off by this because you will be rewarded by an abundance of natural beauty, peace and solitude. For sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2NH to direct you to the beach carpark. Whilst there is no bus service available, you can also reach the beach by foot and boat (if you have your own vessel).
The car park, like the beach itself, is privately owned. There is space for around 15 cars so arriving early is advised, especially during peak periods in order to avoid disappointment. Parking is £3, charged via an honesty box.
At Coast & Country Cottages we boast an enviable portfolio of holiday cottages near Lannacombe Beach throughout East Portlemouth, Salcombe and also Start Bay. From traditional coastal cottages, to country escapes and dog friendly properties near the beach, we are sure you will find something perfectly suited. Browse our website portfolio, or call our friendly team who will happily help with your search.