The Beach Guide

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay - Devon

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In case you hadn't guessed, Sandy Bay is indeed a very sandy beach! Backed by high cliffs the beach is around a mile in length and set in what feels like a secluded bay. However, towards low tide the beach becomes a continuous stretch of sand reaching all the way to Exmouth nearly two miles away.

Just above the beach is the Devon Cliffs seaside caravan resort owned by Haven Holidays. Along with Sandy Bay's close proximity to Exeter this means it can get pretty busy here in the summer.

Just west of Sandy Bay are Orcombe rocks, a heritage site well known for its fossils.

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Dogs are not allowed on the beach between April 1st and October 31st

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    EX8 5BT

    OS grid ref.

    SY 0319 7974

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