Covehithe Beach

Covehithe beach sits on a somewhat forgotten stretch of the Suffolk coast. The beach is set at the end of a lane which runs across fields before abruptly stopping at the cliff edge. The pace at which the coast is eroding here is rapid - something confirmed by a quick look at Google maps, where the lane continues into the sea.

The beach at Covehithe is a peaceful stretch of sand backed by the crumbling golden cliffs. To the south is Benacre Broad, a brackish lagoon and conservation area.

Along the beach are the smooth, blanched sculpture-like tree trunks of trees that once lined the cliff top. A reminder of the constant march of the North Sea.

If you travel a little way back up the lane towards Covehithe you will come across the dramatic ruins of the medieval St Andrews Church. This once impressive church became too expensive for the parish to maintain and was eventually cannibalised to build a much smaller church within the shell.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town


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TM 5269 8195

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Covehithe Beach Reviews

Hidden Treasure

Jun 12th 2022

Even on a hot Saturday morning in June, I had the beach almost to myself. Despite an earlier reviewers complaint that there are no facilities, bins or loos, I saw no rubbish or dog poo anywhere on this beach. Thank goodness it hasn’t been spoilt!

Perfect beach

Mar 08th 2022

Contrary to previous reviewer who gave this beach a 3 star review for having no facilities I’m giving it 5 stars for exactly the same reasons. Quiet, beautiful, dog friendly you’ll struggle to find a better spot


No parking, pubs, loos, bins etc

Mar 12th 2021

Covehithe is great for nature and birds, but not suitable for large groups of people or long days out as there are no car parks, pubs, ice-creams, loos, bins, cafes or shops etc.  Better to go to Pakefield, Southwold, Walberswick, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Orford etc for parking, pubs/food and loos/bins etc.

Lovely spot

Aug 14th 2020

First visit yesterday (13/8/20). 15-20 minute walk to Sandy and picturesque beach with some pebbles. Lovely.

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