Beesands beach | South Devon Beach Bible

By Ross Purdy on March 25, 2016



The dog-friendly, one-mile long Beesands beach boasts some stunning views of Start Bay. Add to that some excellent walks, a popular café and restaurant, plus the Widdicombe Ley nature reserve, and there’s everything you need for a great family day out.

Beesands beach and village, viewed from the Coast Path coming from nearby Hallsands.

Looking for specific information about Beesands beach?

Location and access

 

By car:

Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2EN.

From Salcombe:

Beesands beach is 13.5 miles from Salcombe.

If you’re coming from Kingsbridge, leave the town on the A379 towards Dartmouth and follow the below directions from (3).

  1. Take the main road (A381) out of Salcombe and stay on this road all the way to Kingsbridge.
  2. Turn right (2nd exit) at the roundabout, then do the same at the next one, following the sign for the A379 (Dartmouth).
  3. Continue on the A379/Embankment Road. Cross Creek Bridge.
  4. Continue through the villages of West Charleton, East Charleton, Frogmore and Chillington.
  5. When you arrive at the village of Stokenham, turn right at the roundabout.
  6. Stay on the road as it bends almost 90 degrees right, following the sign to Hallsands and Kellaton.
  7. Turn left at the junction, signposted for Beesands and the Cricket Inn.
  8. Take the immediate right.
  9. Follow this road until you reach the car park right by Beesands beach.

From Dartmouth:

  1. As you drive out of Dartmouth up College Way, take a left at the mini-roundabout, signposted for Stoke Fleming and Strete.
  2. Then simply follow the A379 as it winds its way to the village of Stoke Fleming. Carry on winding through the village and after a few miles Start Bay will appear in front of you.
  3. Continue downhill, passing Blackpool Sands on your left. The road will then wind up and down a steep hill, offering some wonderful views. Carry on along the A379 passing the edge of the village of Strete.
  4. You will arrive at the long straight road that runs between Slapton Sands and the Ley. About three quarters of a mile along this beach, just before the central car park, take the first right onto Sands Road, signposted for Slapton. Follow this road into the village of Slapton.
  5. Just as you leave Slapton village, you’ll come to a crossroads. Turn left.
  6. Turn left at the T-junction.
  7. Go through the village of Stokenham.
  8. Follow the above directions from (6).

By bus:

The Coleridge Bus is a volunteer-run local service, which stops at Beesands on Fridays (correct at the time of writing). Have a look at the Coleridge Bus timetable for further details and be aware that prior booking is usually required.

The nearest regular bus stop is at Torcross. The 93 service stops at Torcross Stores en route between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. For more information you can download a timetable here.

On foot:

Beesands beach is perfectly placed to reach on foot from either Hallsands to the south or Slapton Sands to the north. The shortest walk from Hallsands is just under 1.5 miles, although there are some more meandering alternatives of up to 3 miles which the National Trust have signposted for your convenience.

It’s a similar distance (1.2 miles) from Torcross, where you’ll find the nearest bus stop.

Parking:

Parking is free at Beesands beach. 

Facilities:

  • Toilets
  • Pub/restaurant
  • Café/takeaway
  • Children’s play area

Dog-friendly?

Dogs are permitted on the main beach from October to April only.

Activities:

  • Fishing is popular at Beesands beach, as are windsurfing and other watersports (unsupervised).
  • Nature spotting at Widdicombe Ley, a freshwater lake which sits less than 100 metres from the sea.

Similar beaches

Beautiful Slapton Sands, also part of Start Bay, is similar in many ways to Beesands beach: a long shingle beach, running parallel to a large freshwater lake. Like Beesands, it also has excellent food and drink options.


Our guide to Beesands beach

Beesands beach

Beesands is a mile-long shingle beach which is especially popular with anglers, dog walkers and watersports enthusiasts. It has an out-of-the-way, unspoilt feel, but at the same time there is a thriving village community meaning you’ll see people ‘out and about’ all year round. There’s a traditional, working feel to the fishing village of Beesands – crab and lobster fishing remain important to its economy – and lots of visitors enjoy this down-to-earth, traditional aspect of the village. That’s one reason it features amongst our favourite fishing villages in Devon.

Eating and drinking options are particularly good by Beesands beach. The Cricket Inn, just a stone’s throw from the water, puts a strong emphasis on local food, including the fruits of Start Bay. The Cricket Inn is also where, as teenage holidaymakers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together in public – not a bad claim to fame!


Britannia @ The Beach, known by locals as ‘The Shack’, is the other daytime dining option. It puts a similar emphasis on high-quality local food, especially seafood, but it’s more than a café: it’s a fishmonger, local shop and takeaway too. You’ll be surprised at the breadth of the menu relative to the size of this little eatery, and it’s not all about seafood either. Britannia @ The Beach is a ‘bring your own’ café so feel free to take a bottle of your favourite tipple with you.

Despite the impact of coastal erosion on Beesands’ parking facilities, there are still free parking bays close to the Cricket Inn and Britannia @ The Beach, and there is a further car park towards the centre of the beach. This second area is popular with those who need to bring a lot of kit with them. Shore anglers, for example, can have their hooks in the water just a few minutes after arriving, without having to traipse over deep shingle banks or treacherous coastal paths with their kit. The same goes for windsurfers, with whom Beesands seems especially popular.

Beesands beach’s location, nestled between Hallsands and Slapton Sands (Torcross), makes it a favourite of walkers, particularly those bringing their dogs. You can walk to either beach in around half an hour via the Coast Path. This is the perfect place to head for bracing challenging walks that will provide you with some unforgettable views without needing all day to complete.

Hallsands to Beesands is a wonderful compact walk.

Other things to do include letting your kids burn off some energy at the children’s playground or going nature spotting at Widdicombe Ley, a freshwater lake surrounded by reeds, shrubs and trees. There’s a wheelchair-accessible hide for birdwatching on the southwest edge of the lake.

Widdicombe Ley at Beesands,, a great place for nature spotting.

Beesands beach is a great place to fill your lungs with delightful fresh sea air and your stomach with delicious fresh seafood. We definitely recommend adding it to your list of places to visit when you’re in South Devon.

Properties:

The Lobster Pot is situated in a peaceful seaside location, just a few steps from the shingle beach in the fishing village of Beesands boasting superb sea views from the spacious living accommodation, balcony and three of the bedrooms.

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