The best beaches near Salcombe for combing

By Vicky Rogers on November 30, 2015


Soar Mill Cove is one of the most majestic beaches near Salcombe

Arguably most of the beaches near Salcombe are best known for their excellent watersports opportunities, fine golden sand, beautiful shallow waters, and stunning scenery. According to many of us, these are best enjoyed during the warm summer months. However during the winter the beaches offer a variety of other opportunities, even if you aren’t brave enough for a dip in the sea!

Why not wrap up against the elements and enjoy a spot of rockpooling, or for the more artistic, the beach-combing prospects are wonderful. Here are some of the top beaches near Salcombe which are worth visiting for those in search of beach treasures for their latest masterpieces…


North Sands

North Sands beach near Salcobmbe
For those new to beach-combing, rockpools offer excellent opportunities for finding shells and other beach debris, discarded by the outgoing tide. One of the best beaches near Salcombe for rockpooling is North Sands – arm yourself with a bucket and climb over the pools in search of seaweed, driftwood and shells. Just remember not to disturb any of the marine life as you go!  Once you have finished beach-combing,  pop to the nearby beach café The Winking Prawn, for a warming hot chocolate whilst enjoying the views out to sea.


East Portlemouth

East Portlemouth Slipway, facing Salcombe

Another of the best beaches near Salcombe for finding ‘treasure’ is East Portlemouth. Climb aboard the foot passenger ferry and cross the Salcombe Estuary to the broad expanse of sand on the opposite shoreline. Stroll alongside the surf, collecting shells and pebbles as you go. With stunning views of the popular sailing town of Salcombe, this is a fabulous place for a beach walk at all times of year, but particularly during the quieter winter months when the sand is often left all to you to explore.


Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove
Situated just a short journey from Salcombe, this beach is only accessible on foot. Either walk to the beach from Salcombe along the South West Coast Path, or drive to the Soar Mill Cove car park (a 10 minute drive from Salcombe), and walk the final stretch down to the sand. Perfect for beach combing, this remote sandy cove is quiet and unspoilt – meaning all the more ‘treasure’ for you to find!


Once you have finished combing the beaches near Salcombe for useful pebbles, shells and driftwood, why not settle down for a relaxing evening creating beach pictures, sculptures, or decorations for your house. Looking for inspiration? Visit one of the many local art galleries:

For fab days out in Devon, explore the local art galleries!

Salcombe is a wonderful holiday destination for aspiring artists. Why not book a break in one of the Salcombe Holiday Homes available with Coast & Country Cottages?