The Beach Guide

Broadsands Beach

Broadsands Beach - Devon

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Broadsands is a large, curving red-sandy beach with rock pools at the southern end, sandwiched between rocky headlands. Scenic coastal walks, a long promenade with colourful beach huts and a large car park a few minutes walk away.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned between May - September.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Promenade

    Nearest town



    TQ4 6HL

    OS grid ref.

    SX 8961 5747

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award

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    Broadsands Beach Reviews


    Sep 12th 2019

    There is no safe access for disabled people to the beach, theres one VERY steep ramp at the furthest end of the beach, not near the car park but it is too steep for disabled users to go up and down (power or being pushed). The other ramp has steps up over a wall from the promenade, again not disabled friendly so useless. This is a good safe beach for families and I saw a man with a disabled child and tramper and he couldn’t get on the beach to take the child in the sea or push him along the sand it is a disgrace having no accessible ramp to all beaches in the supposed age of equality where the family had to be split up and he had to wait on the promenade with the disabled child and their dog. They couldn’t go to Elberry beach where dogs are allowed as it is not accessible and has unfriendly kissing gates, disabled people cannot get through. SHAMEFUL.
    There is a disabled toilet here but quite small. Toilets are free as they should be but old. Dogs only allowed on beach outside restrictions, a bit daft when the beach is only really used in July and August by people, the rest of etc time deserted.

    Sep 11th 2019

    My wife and I have been holidaying in the Torbay area for the last 15 years now and we always make a point of visiting this lovely beach at least once during the week, weather permitting. The sand is usually lovely and clean, there are refreshment facilities close by, as are the generally clean toilets ( even if the Mr.Whippy Ice Cream machine seems to be out of order in the car park kiosk whenever we visit). Fantastic views across the water to Torquay and the brightly painted beach huts further round the bay make for a very cheerful sight. Added to which the wonderful spectacle of steam locomotives hard at work on the nearby Paignton and Dartmouth heritage Railway and crossing the Brunel built Broadsands viaduct. All in all 9 out 10.

    Great beach for children

    May 27th 2019

    Lovely safe beach with no noticeable slope.  All sand,  very clean.  There is a car park two minutes walk away, a tea and ice cream shop,  and a great dog-friendly bistro serving keg lager and good quality home-made meals and gorgeous cakes with friendly service (and a free biscuit for the dog).  Dogs allowed on beach out of season.

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