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Lannacombe Beach is an out-of-the-way, unspoilt sandy cove towards the southern tip of the South Hams, which offers great views of a rugged stretch of our coastline.
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Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2NH.
As the crow flies, Lannacombe Beach is just four miles from Salcombe. By road, the journey involves a 14 mile winding route through unspoilt countryside and picturesque villages.
Dartmouth is a little over 14 miles from Lannacombe beach.
Lannacombe Beach is on the South West Coast Path. The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty recommends this five-mile coastal walk between Prawle and Lannacombe Bay.
For some dramatic, unforgettable views, a four-mile round-trip will take you from Lannacombe Beach to Start Point, site of the iconic lighthouse, at which point you have the option of continuing north to Hallsands, Beesands and the rest of Start Bay – but this is only recommended for those with the correct kit and requisite stamina!
The car park, like the beach itself, is privately owned. There is space for about 15 cars so arriving early is advised during peak periods in order to avoid disappointment. Parking is £3, charged via an honesty box.
Yes, all year round.
Mattiscombe Sands, accessible on foot from Start Point car park, is similarly rocky, rugged and remote.
Lannacombe beach exemplifies the more dramatic, craggy side of the South Hams coastline. It’s a small sandy beach that sits between rocky headlands, with a rugged charm that contrasts sharply with the picture-postcard beauty of its better-known local rivals.
But that’s not to say that Lannacombe beach is any less beautiful for its sharp edges. This is the place to come to breathe in the fresh sea air amongst the battered rocks that pockmark the edges of the beach, surrounded by steep and jagged hills engulfed in hardy gorse. If Dartmoor had a beach, it would surely look like this.
Keen swimmers and sunbathers should know that the aforementioned rocks rather helpfully peter out towards the water, meaning at lower tides it’s perfectly comfortable to lie out on the sand or paddle barefoot into the water.
Access to the beach, via a cobbled slipway is closed at 8 pm. As there are no toilet facilities at Lannacombe Beach it’s perhaps best seen as a place to spend a couple of hours away from the crowds than as an all-day beach resort.
As a way to see some unusual scenery and take a quick dip, Lannacombe Bay is an excellent option.
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