Beaches in South Devon
Whether you enjoy traditional seaside pastimes, like rockpooling and sandcastle building, or the more contemporary beach activities like kite surfing, there are coves to suit everyone along the stunning South Devon coastline. Here are just a couple of fun beach activities for you to try when visiting this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during the coming months.
Rockpooling at Hope Cove
Many of the region’s beaches offer fantastic opportunities for one of the most popular beach activities, rock pooling. The picturesque inlet at Hope Cove, and the beautiful stretch of sand just along the coastline at South Milton Sands are both great beaches for those in search of stranded marine life! Arm yourselves with buckets and nets, and head over the rocks to investigate what has been left in the natural pools by the outgoing tide. From tiny fish to crabs and other critters, you are sure to have a fascinating afternoon that the children will love!
Why not stay at 6 Ocean’s Edge, a fabulous VisitEngland Four Star apartment sleeping 6 with beautiful sea and country views from the balcony. Situated on the South West Coast Path the property is within a 2 minute walk of South Milton Sands in one direction, and a 40 minute walk from Hope Cove in the other direction. Explore the rock pools, build sandcastles or try beach activities like cricket and rounders, before returning to your apartment and enjoying the use of the outdoor heated swimming pool at Ocean’s Edge – a wonderful way to cool down in the summer heat!
£100 off the remaining high season summer weeks, now £1453 per week.
Sandcastle building at North Sands beach
For a fabulous afternoon, spend time with your family trying beach activities like building sandcastles (or, for the more enthusiastic families, a sand fortress complete with a moat!) The beautiful large, flat sandy beach at North Sands is the super option. Bring your bucket and spade, and some creative ideas – the masterpieces you could sculpt are endless! Why not pack a picnic and enjoy lunch on the beach? Or head across to The Winking Prawn, a popular beachside restaurant serving everything from the traditional ‘pint of prawns’, to delicious platters of meat cooked on the barbecue on the sun terrace.
Stay at 5 Grafton Towers, a spacious VisitEngland Four Star awarded apartment with a large balcony boasting unspoilt sea views. Follow a busy day of beach activities on North Sands with a relaxing glass of something chilled whilst taking in the view out to sea towards Prawle Point.
Prices start from £1548 per week this August.
Ride the sea tractor at Bigbury
For one of the more novel beach activities in South Devon, head to Bigbury-on-Sea beach, where you can catch the sea tractor across the water at high tide to the famous Burgh Island. Enjoy lunch or a refreshing drink at the 14th Century pub ‘The Pilchard Inn’ on the island, before heading back across the causeway (on foot if the tide has subsided!) This Blue Flag awarded beach is also popular with watersports enthusiasts, as the shallow safe waters are perfect for surfing or body boarding. There are also lifeguards on the beach, making it safer for those looking to enjoy a dip in the sea!
Book a break at 25 Burgh Island Causeway and enjoy all that Bigbury-on-Sea has to offer. This luxury VisitEngland Four Star Gold awarded apartment sleeps up to four and is furnished to a high standard. Boasting panoramic beach and sea views, this stunning apartment is a delightful base for enjoying a host of beach activities. Guests also have access to the indoor swimming pool, spa and gym at Burgh Island Hotel across the causeway.
£200 off the week commencing 15th August, now £1649
Crabbing on the Salcombe quayside
Crabbing on the quayside in Salcombe has long since been one of the top ways to spend your afternoon in the town. Settle on the water’s edge with your crabbing line, bucket, net and bait to see what you can catch! Why not make it a competition with other family members to see who will be the winner and catch the most crabs. The success of your trip often depends on the bait you use – bacon is always a popular option, but for the serious crabbers frozen sand eels (aka crab caviar!) are guaranteed to bring results! Of all the beach activities, this is certainly a must if you are yet to try your hand at crabbing.
Book a break at the luxury duplex apartment The Beach House, 3 Woodside in Salcombe, a short walk from the town’s picturesque waterfront, independent shops and beaches. This VisitEngland Five Star awarded waterside property is the ideal retreat for the whole family this summer. Dine al fresco on the terrace and enjoy the fabulous views over the Salcombe estuary, or stroll down and catch the foot passenger ferry across the estuary to East Portlemouth, and spend the day on the beaches on the opposite side of the bay.
Prices start from £2814 per week this August.
For more information on classic beach activities which can be enjoyed in South Devon, Read this blog – ‘7 South Devon Beaches to suit all!’