Peppercombe Beach

Peppercombe Beach - Devon
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This rocky beach is very different to the next beach along the North Devon coast - Westward Ho! You won’t find much in the way of sand at Peppercombe and it’s possible you won’t have much in the way of company either. Another positive is that instead of a backdrop of a fading seaside town there are red sandstone cliffs and steep wooded hillsides.

As the tide drops away fingers of rock of the sort to be seen to the west at Hartland are revealed. Amongst these are any number of rockpools and when the tide is low enough there are a few patches of sand.

The beach sits at the bottom of secluded woody valley which is owned by the National Trust. Access is by foot only and the path down the valley (or coast path) are the only ways to reach Peppercombe.

This area is very much unspoilt and is a haven for wildlife. Sea Life such as seals, dolphins and porpoises can be seen along with butterflies, beetles and wildflowers in the valley. Ospreys are also occasional visitors to the bay.

Type of beach

Shingle & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town



EX39 5QD

OS grid ref.

SS 3804 2429

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