North Sands, Salcombe | South Devon Beach Bible

April 11th, 2016 | By Ross Purdy

North Sands is a popular sandy cove just a short walk from Salcombe town centre, with all the facilities you need for a fantastic day at the beach.

North Sands, Salcombe - a popular South Devon beach

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Location and access


By car:

Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ8 8JQ for North Sands Car Park.

From Salcombe:

North Sands is a little over a mile from Salcombe town centre.

  1. Join Sandhills Road from either Main Road or Bennet Road. (Following Devon Road south will take you on to Main Road. Turn left onto Main Road and then take the first right for Sandills Road.)
  2. Follow Sandhills Road as it loops downhill. At the bottom, where you are directed to turn left onto Beadon Road, you’ll see North Sands beach ahead of you.
  3. At the end of Beadon Road, turn right onto Cliff Road. The car park will be on your right.


From Dartmouth:

  1. Dartmouth is 21 miles from North Sands.Leave Dartmouth on the A3122, going straight on at the roundabout (onto Townstal Road).
    After seven miles you will come to a T-junction by a garage. Turn left, joining the A381.
  2. Turn right at the roundabout to stay on the A381.
  3. Turn right at the next roundabout, staying on the A381.
  4. You’ll pass through the village of Churchstow and after that you’ll reach a roundabout. Turn left.
  5. Turn right at the T-junction, staying on the A381 (Salcombe Road).
  6. You’ll soon reach the village of Malborough. Pass through the village and continue straight until you reach Salcombe. Stay on this road as Salcombe Road becomes Main Road.
  7. You’ll come to a crossroads with a brown sign that points right for North Sands and South Sands. Take this right onto Sandhills Road.
  8. Follow Sandhills Road as it loops downhill. At the bottom, when you turn left onto Beadon Road, you’ll see North Sands beach ahead of you.
  9. At the end of Beadon Road, turn right onto Cliff Road.


By bus:

The nearest bus stop is Shadycombe Road in Salcombe, just over a mile from the beach. The Tally Ho 606 service runs from Kingsbridge to Salcombe from Monday to Saturday.

On foot:

At just over a mile south of Salcombe town centre, North Sands is easily walkable and well signposted. From Fore Street, walk south. Stay on this road, which will become Cliff Road and keep going until you arrive at the beach, which will be on your left.


The car park at North Sands is owned and operated by South Hams District Council.

South Hams Car Park Permits are valid at North Sands Car Park.

Seasonal South Hams Parking Permits are provided with several of our holiday homes, and customers can also purchase them from our offices. These permits entitle visitors to park at North Sands Car Park free of charge.

For non-permit holders, see this page for further details on parking charges at North Sands.

There are 81 spaces in the car park, plus limited on-road parking.


  • Toilets
  • Café/restaurant
  • Picnic area


Yes, all year round.


  • Rockpooling and beachcombing are popular
  • The nearby Winking Prawn, with its enticing outside seating area and renowned food, is one of South Devon’s most popular eateries.
  • Picnic area

Similar beaches

Half a mile south of Salcombe North Sands you’ll come to South Sands, which you can reach by ferry (seasonal). South Sands has comparable facilities to North Sands and also boasts facilities for watersports including equipment hire.

Our guide to North Sands

Fort Charles seen from North Sands

Situated by the ruins of Fort Charles, North Sands is just a short, pleasant stroll away from the town centre, making it the ideal beach for an easygoing day out for Salcombe holidaymakers and residents.

If you’re coming from outside Salcombe and need to park, arriving early is best during peak times as, despite having around 80 spaces, the car park can fill up very quickly.

This little Salcombe beach disappears almost entirely when the tide is in, but you can always retreat to the fantastic Winking Prawn beachside restaurant, which means North Sands is always worth stopping by at any time of day.

The Winking Prawn, North Sands

Seven days a week, the Winking Prawn opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their large menu, ranging from ice cream and kids’ menu favourites to elaborate, locally sourced main courses, means that you won’t have to leave North Sands to satisfy your appetite, no matter how diverse your group’s tastes.

The beach is level and the water relatively shallow, but there are no lifeguards at North Sands so due care and attention is advised.

The beach at North Sands

North Sands’ location makes it an enticing spot for walkers, either as a midway point to stop by the water for a while or as the starting point for a number of excellent South Devon walks. One popular option is to walk to Bolt Head, which is just over three miles from North Sands and includes some breathtaking views.


North Sands beach is easily accessible from nearby Salcombe, where Coast and Country Cottages offers a huge range of self-catering holiday homes perfect for all party sizes, tastes and requirements.

Explore our Salcombe holiday cottages here.

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