Clovelly Beach

Clovelly Beach - Devon
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Clovelly has a small pebble beach just below the car-free, historic village. On both sides of the narrow bay here there are concrete platforms, which are popular with sunbathers in warm weather.

Apart from the picturesque village, a major draw to Clovelly is the diverse marine wildlife to be found in the bay.  The area is particularly good for snorkelling.
The beach is protected from the strongest waves by the old harbour wall.

Because the village is car-free, visitors have to park at the top of the village and walk down the steep, cobbled streets to access the beach. There is a Land Rover service that takes guests who don’t fancy the steep walk through the village down from the car park to the Red Lion Pub at the bottom of the hill. Although it’s not the most convenient arrangement, it ensures that the village keeps all of its charm and character.

All the amenities you need for a day on the beach can be found In the village where there are public toilets, shops, pubs and restaurants.

The beach is right next to the South West Coast Path, and the section between Clovelly and Mouthmill is one of its most spectacular parts of this beautiful walking trail.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Sailing


  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



EX39 5TE

OS grid ref.

SS 3188 2484


Parking available a short walk from the beach.

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