The Beach Guide

Scabbacombe Sands Beach

Scabbacombe Sands Beach - Devon

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Scabbacombe Sands is somewhat off the beaten track despite being only a few miles south of Brixham. Admittedly it is a bit of a hike from the nearest car park on Scabbacombe Lane, but we think it is worth it for what is a very pleasant and unspoilt beach.

As with other beaches in the area the name "sands" may be a little misleading - there is sand but it is distinctly shingley. But don't let that put you off; the water here is crystal clear and the beach's east-facing aspect means the cliffs provide plenty of shelter from the wind.

Before you go it is worth noting Scabbacombe Sands is frequented by naturists.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year

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Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SX 9190 5194

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