Scabbacombe Sands

Scabbacombe Sands - 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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Scabbacombe Sands Reviews

Superb beach

Dec 16th 2019

Scabbacombe is my favourite place of solitude, peaceful and quiet in the morning so ideal for a naked stroll along the Sands, Skinnydipping and sunbathing, nudists use the far (easterly) end of the beach and textiles generally use the other. The water is often blue and clear, shingle underfoot extends far out so even at low tide you can walk out for a swim.

Amazing Nudist Beach

Aug 15th 2022

This place was fantastic! The east side of the beach has a great area for nudist’s, we felt comfortable enough to walk down to sea and swim multiple times during the day.  I would highly recommend.

Only thing is the beach could do with a sign to inform the rest of the public that is in indeed a nudist beach.

Good beach

Nov 05th 2020

nice beach good veiws of natures beauty

Not noticeably naturist

Jul 22nd 2020

I booked my holiday here on the strength of the review saying naturists use the beach. I would be the only one there and don’t want attention from ‘textiles’.