Sugary and Castle Cove

Sugary and Castle Cove - Devon
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Overlooked by Dartmouth Castle, Castle Cove is a tiny, relatively wild, sand and pebble beach looking out onto the mouth of the River Dart. The beach is backed by cliffs, rocks and trees.

It can be easy to miss because the beach is hidden by trees until visitors are almost on top of it and there are no signposts. 

The beach is about a mile south of the town of Dartmouth. The closest parking is at Dartmouth Castle, about 100 metres from the beach. The castle is a historic fortress overlooking the River Dart estuary and across to Kingswear Castle on the other side. There are toilets and a café at the castle.

From the castle car park, access to the beach is a 5/10 minute walk down a steep path with steps. It is not really suitable for pushchairs or those with mobility problems. 

Along the path that leads from the castle there are a few other coves: Sugary Cove, Deadmans Cove, and Ladies Cove, all adding to the excitement for would-be-explorers.

The small beach disappears during high tide, so remember to plan your trip around this. Dogs are currently welcome on the beach all year round.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 8860 5011

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Sugary and Castle Cove Reviews

no sand

Jun 14th 2021

hardly any sand here if you can even call it that. beautiful cove but not good for children who want to build sandcastles