Peaked Tor Cove

Peaked Tor Cove - Devon
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The tiny pebble beach at Peaked Tor Cove is set just beyond Torquay Harbour and is accessible below the South West Coast Path via a set of over 150 steps just behind the Imperial Hotel.
(Please note: as per the comments, access to the beach may be restricted, although we haven’t confirmed the current situation)

Rarely visited these days in the late 19th century this beach was designated as a “gentleman’s bathing cove”.

Above the beach is an old wartime Mine Watcher’s post, part of the Second World War defences of Tor Bay, this building (363 Battery) is well hidden but has a view across the bay. This is where mines protecting Torquay Harbour would have been remotely detonated.
Today it houses a colony of horseshoe bats, and has recently been the subject of a protection order.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Rock pooling

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SX 9214 6288

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Peaked Tor Cove Reviews

Closed access to beach

Jun 19th 2021

Stunning views, but can see its a forgotten place now access to beach is blocked, steps down from the pillbox look treacherous and railings missing.

Feb 15th 2021

The cove now seems to be closed off with wooden struts ( or stiles!)  but interesting to know the history