Blackpool Sands

The crescent-shaped beach of Blackpool Sands is set against an attractive backdrop of pines and the rolling South Hams countryside. The beach itself is something of a misnomer as the sand is in reality mostly a coarse shingle – there is some sand towards the top of the beach though.

There are sandpits for children, while water sports enthusiasts can try kayaking or paddle boarding. Wetsuits and other pieces of equipment are usually available for hire. Those with young children might like to know that the beach shelves quite steeply if you go into the sea, and the waves can be very powerful here. On sunny days, there is often no shade at this beach.

Amenities include toilets, showers, and disabled facilities. Parking is available and dogs are not allowed in the car parks or on Blackpool Sands itself from March through to the end of October. Expect to pay around £10 if parking for the whole day. A lifeguard service is in operation in season.

The beach is privately managed, and there is only one food outlet at this location, which can therefore get very busy. The beach is a frequent winner of the Blue Flag award.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned Easter - November.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 8558 4778

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardGreen Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Blackpool Sands Reviews

Beautiful beach however..

Aug 10th 2021

It is a beautiful beach, clear turquoise water and as mentioned previously no sand just mainly small shingle, not necessarily a bad thing as you haven’t got fine sand (which finds its way everywhere) to deal with.
I would say more suited to swimming and water sports, kayaking etc as the depth drops quite quickly and I found the water really cold on a warm summer’s day! likely due to the depth.
On a busy day access can be a nightmare as the roads leading to it are very narrow and woe unto you if you encounter a lorry or large farm traffic is going the opposite way.

Not what expected/Take your own drinks

Aug 17th 2019

Had heard good things about this beach and initially looks lovely but there is no sand, all shingle. Sea depth drops very quickly and hard to keep footing in shingle so probably not ideal for small children. Any food or drink ridiculously expensive - can of coke £2.90, even can of water is £2.00. Would not visit again, sorry.

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