Lannacombe Beach | South Devon Beach Bible

By Ross Purdy on April 3, 2016



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.

Lannacombe Beach, South Devon

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Location and access

By car:

Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2NH.

From Salcombe:

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.

  1. The roads are narrow and uneven in places so caution is advised, particularly if coming in a vehicle with low ground clearance.
  2. Leave Salcombe on Salcombe Road, passing through Malborough and following signs to Kingsbridge.
  3. When you arrive in Kingsbridge, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Ilbert Road.
  4. At the next roundabout, take the second exit (A379).
  5. Stay on the A379 (Embankment Road) until you come to village of Frogmore.
  6. Shortly after you pass @The Bakery on the right, turn right over the little bridge (signposted for South Pool).
  7. Take the first left.
  8. Turn right at the end of the road.
  9. Take the fourth left, signposted for South Allington and Lannacombe.
  10. At a forested section of this narrow road, you’ll come to a fork. Keep left.
  11. You’ll come quickly to a junction. Take a sharp right and and then take the first right. Follow the road until you come to the beach.

 

From Dartmouth:

Dartmouth is a little over 14 miles from Lannacombe beach.

 

  1. Leaving Dartmouth up College Way, turn left at the first roundabout you come to, signposted for Stoke Fleming and Strete.
  2. Follow this road through the villages of Stoke Fleming and Strete. You will wind downhill to Strete Gate, where Slapton Sands will appear on your right.
  3. About a third of the way along the beach, a right turn will appear, signposted for Slapton. Take this turn onto Sands Road.
  4. Pass through Slapton village on Sands Road. At the other side of the village, you’ll come to a crossroads. Turn left onto Brook Road.
  5. Stay on this road until you come to the end. Turn left at the T-junction.
  6. Go straight on at the roundabout in Stokenham.
  7. At the next junction, the road will bend sharply to the right. Follow the road right.
  8. You’ll come to a similar junction. This time turn left.
  9. Take the next right, signposted for Lannacombe.
  10. Take the second right, signposted for Lannacombe and follow this road until you arrive at the beach.

By bus:

The nearest bus stop is East Prawle (3.7 miles away), where the volunteer-run Coleridge Bus service operates on Wednesdays only. For further details, see the Coleridge bus timetable.

On foot:

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!

Parking:

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.

Facilities:

  • None

Dog informationDog-friendly?

Yes, all year round.

Activities:

  • No supervised activities, but it’s otherwise suitable for most traditional beach activities including swimming.

Similar beaches

Mattiscombe Sands, accessible on foot from Start Point car park, is similarly rocky, rugged and remote.


Our guide to Lannacombe Beach

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.

Coastline around Lannacombe Beach

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.

The beach from the Coast Path

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.

A sandy beach between rocky headlands

As a way to see some unusual scenery and take a quick dip, Lannacombe Bay is an excellent option.

 

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