The Beach Guide

Hope Cove

Hope Cove - Devon

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Hope Cove consists of two sandy bays, Inner and Outer Hope. As the name suggests Inner Hope is more sheltered and is actually home to a small harbour tucked away behind the rocks at the northern end.
The twin beaches back onto the charming village which has plenty of facilities making this a popular family beach.

This popular South Hams village lies in the shelter of Bolt Tail, within the wide arc of Bigbury Bay.
Both beaches are sandy and backed by the red sandstone cliffs familiar to this part of Devon.The northernmost, smaller of Hope Cove's two beaches is also known as Mouthwell Sands. This is generally the more popular of the two, benefiting from a seasonal lifeguard service.

The wider, harbour beach is a great place for exploring with rockpools at either end and a often something interesting going on. Although tourism surpassed fishing as the village's main industry many years ago there are still a few small boats operating from here.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on the bigger village beach all year but must be kept on leads. There is a seasonal dog ban during the day on the other beach (Mouthwell) (May to Sept)

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    TQ7 3HW

    OS grid ref.

    SX 6751 3983

    Water quality

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