Grunta Beach

Grunta Beach - Devon
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The sandy little cove of Grunta is situated below the cliffs in front of the village of Morthoe. A stone’s throw from Woolacombe it is a very different place and you may even get it to yourself.

As pretty as Grunta is it is difficult to access and there isn’t much of a beach here except at low tide. When the tide is out there are plenty of rockpools to explore - not that it is really a family beach.

I’m informed the name dates back to an incident in the distant past when a ship carrying a cargo of pigs ran aground here. The following morning the villagers were awoken by the sound of pigs in the cove. Whether this is true or not I can’t say. However, nearby Morte Point (meaning Death Point) claimed a fair few ships over the centuries.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SS 4525 4485

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Grunta Beach Reviews

My favourite part of Woolacombe

Jul 09th 2022

Access can be a hard slog on a hot day (especially when leaving!), but Grunta on a hot day, tide low or high, is a slice of the Mediterranean. It is usually sparsely populated, the channels and pools are wonderful to explore and with the cliffs behind you, it feels like a hidden treasure sort of place. Can be a real sun-trap.
Have spent many happy days there:)