Beaches in Salcombe, Devon

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The beach guide has 9 beaches listed in and around the town of Salcombe. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • North Sands Beach (0.9 miles)

    North Sands © Richard Weymouth | BY-SA

    North Sands is a sandy beach located to the south of Salcombe and is an easy fifteen minute walk along Cliff Road from the town centre. The nearby ruins of Salcombe Castle, also known as Fort Charles, provide an impressive backdrop to this already beautiful beach. Although the beach is relatively small compared to a…

  • East Portlemouth Beach (0.7 miles)

    East Portlemouth ©

    Set across the harbour from Salcombe East Portlemouth is far quieter than Salcombe\'s other beaches. The beach itself is a long sandy stretch which becomes a series of smaller coves at higher tides - Fishermans Cove and Smalls Cove which lead down to Mill Bay. With clean shallow water this is a great spot for…

  • Sunny Cove (1 miles)

    Sunny Cove © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    Directly across the estuary from Salcombe's popular North Sands and South Sands beaches is the lovely little Sunny Cove. Apparently named because of its sunny aspect the beach here is also slightly more exposed to the wind and waves than Salcombe's other beaches. Access is generally easiest from the adjacent Mill Bay beach or the…

  • Mill Bay (0.9 miles)

    Mill Bay © Derek Harper | BY-SA

    A stunning, privately owned beach at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary. Golden sand, clean, safe swimming and rock pools. There is a small car park at the beach, or access it using the East Portlemouth ferry from Salcombe.

  • South Sands Beach (1.2 miles)

    South Sands © Shaun Ferguson | BY-SA

    An unspoilt sandy cove at the mouth of the Salcombe - Kingsbridge estuary. Some parking close to the beach, or take the passenger ferry from Whitestrand Quay in Salcombe. Facilities for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and diving.

  • Seacombe Sand / Rickham Sand Beach (2.1 miles)

    Seacombe Sand / Rickham Sand © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    This lovely little secluded beach is tucked away on a section of National Trust owned coast across the waters from Salcombe. There are actually two beaches separated by a small headland; the larger Seacombe Sands (Gara Rock) and smaller Rickham Sand (also known as Abraham's Hole). At low tide both beaches form a more or…

  • Moor Sands Beach (2.6 miles)

    Moor Sands © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    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…

  • Gammons Head Beach (3.1 miles)

    Gammons Head © Bill Boaden | BY-SA

    A small, sandy cove, sheltered by high cliffs, that disappears at high tide. Accessible on foot only, via the South West Coast Path and a steepish climb down. There are no facilities. The nearest parking is at East Prawle Point.

  • Elender Cove (3.2 miles)

    Elender Cove © Mattvaux7 | BY-SA

    Elender Cove lies just shy of the most southerly headland in Devon, Prawle Point. The lovely, sandy little beach here is well and truly nestled among the rugged cliffs of this little-explored area of the South Hams.

    Something of a hidden gem, Elender Cove is all but invisible when the tide is in. However,…

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