Moor Sands (Venerick's cove)

Moor Sands - Devon
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Moor Sands (or Moorsand) is something of a misnomer as there really isn’t much in the way of sand here. The beach is in fact mostly made up of smooth pale-coloured pebbles and a few rocks. There is however a bit of sand below the high water mark.

Also known as Vernick’s Cove, the beach is located just north of Prawle Point between Salcombe and Dartmouth - the most southerly spot in Devon.

This is one of the quieter corners of the South Hams and takes a bit of effort to get to. As a result it remains very much unspoilt and never busy. The beach is reached via a path from East Prawle village which takes you to the cliffs. From here it is a bit of a climb, with the aid of a rope ladder.

Moor Sands is a popular spot for swimming although there is no lifeguard and it is a pretty remote setting. The same goes for snorkelling and there are plenty of rocks and crannies just offshore to act as a haven for sealife.

Also known as:

Venerick's cove

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SX 7623 3632

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