Covehithe Beach

  • Covehithe Beach - Suffolk
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  • Covehithe Beach - Suffolk
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  • Covehithe Beach - Suffolk
    © Mat Fascione and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • Covehithe Beach - Suffolk
    © Mat Fascione and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • 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.

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    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

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    OS grid ref.

    TM 5269 8195

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    Covehithe Beach Reviews

    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


    Lovely spot

    Aug 14th 2020

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

    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!

    Covehite Beach is one of the best beaches in Suffolk

    Apr 10th 2024

    My favourite beach in Suffolk. It’s so unique, there are broads on the beach so you can be between two bodies if water which is quite surreal if you ask me. Lots of wild life such as birds and the occasional seal. The beach is very sandy with the odd stone/pepple nearer the shore. Make sure you come at lowish tide otherwise there isn’t much beach to explore on plus it can cut you off. The cliffs are fascinating as you can see the different layers of the earth. Just do the locals a favour and don’t jump and slide on the cliffs to make them erode onto people’s homes. People say they don’t like Covehite as it doesn’t have a cafe, ice cream shop or a funfair on the sea front. Thank god the place asnt been ruined like flashing arcade light, Covehite should stay how it should be, peaceful.

    Top beach

    Jul 23rd 2023

    Nice quiet beach. It’s great for walking and it’s Dog friendly too! 
    Great for beach combing or just sitting and chilling.  My favourite beach by far. 
    There are no toilets near by sometimes there is an ice-cream seller on corner of the two roads you can park. 
    Beware also of double yellow lines as you will get a ticket if you park on the inside of the lines.

    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.