Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)

Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth) - Devon
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Holcombe beach is quite narrow strip of sand and shingle, flanked by dramatic red cliffs.  Running alongside the beach is a low sea wall along which it is possible to walk to Teignmouth.  Directly on top of the sea wall is the railway line which runs between Teignmouth and Dawlish.

The nearby village of Holcombe has some picturesque thatched cottages and a couple of pubs.  To access the beach, park in the village and walk down Smugglers Lane – it’s quite a steep descent.  Pass under the railway line and the small cove is ahead of you. There are a small number of parking spots nearer the beach, but these are likely to be taken and turning here can be difficult.

Toilets are available, but are part of the small kiosk which sells drinks, snacks and ice creams, so use is restricted to customers - or a small charge.

The beach is fairly quiet and is used mainly by locals who come here to fish, swim and potter about looking in the rockpools.  A variety of seabirds might be spotted here, as well as the occasional dolphin.

Currently (2019) access to the beach is under threat because of Network Rail’s proposals to realign the railway away from the unstable cliffs. If this engineering works take place it will undoubtedly adversely affect access to the beach.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No restrictions on dogs at any time

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 9560 7458


There are approximately 4 free car parking spaces available for beach users

Water quality

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Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth) Reviews

Jul 13th 2020

Lovely beach at low tide. With good swimming at the north end. Cafe is excellent. At high tide beach is very small and rail development may cover beach completely in next few years.