The Beach Guide

Devon secret beaches

You may have thought that secluded beaches with fine sand, crystal clear water and just the cry of the gulls for company were long gone, but they're not. Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the Devon coast are any number of unspoilt hidden gems where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Here at the Beach Guide we have compiled a list of your favourite hidden beaches in Devon that are just far enough off the beaten track to never get too busy.

Of course escaping the crowds may not be your only reason for visiting these little known spots. Not only are they a little tricky to find and get to, they are also some of the loveliest beaches in Devon.

  • Lannacombe Beach

    1. Lannacombe Beach

    East Prawle, Devon

    Lannacombe beach is one of South Devon's true hidden gems. Nestled away between Prawle Point and Start Point this is a spot to avoid the summer crowds which flood the South Hams other beaches. It is roughly…

  • Gammons Head Beach

    2. Gammons Head Beach

    Salcombe, Devon

    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…

  • Woody Bay

    3. Woody Bay

    Lynton, Devon

    Woody Bay, on the rugged Exmoor Coast, certainly lives up to its name. The rocky cove is backed by steep, heavily wooded cliffs. The walk down to the beach is as much of a delight as the cove itself;…

  • Barricane Bay (Woolacombe)

    4. Barricane Bay (Woolacombe)

    Woolacombe, Devon

    Barricane is a secluded beach located at the far northern-end of Woolacombe. Often referred to as Combesgate Beach, Barricane gets its name from the range of shells found on its sands. Exotic shells here…

  • Mouthmill Beach

    5. Mouthmill Beach

    Clovelly, Devon

    This remote beach is situated on the harsh stretch of coast towards Hartland Point in North Devon. For centuries the fearsome looking jagged rocks along this coastline have been the scourge of seafarers.…

  • Landcombe Cove

    6. Landcombe Cove

    Dartmouth, Devon

    This isolated cove set between Slapton and Blackpool Sands is a great escape from the summer crowds, but also well hidden. Not only that, unless you have your own boat the climb down is fairly challenging.…

  • Wonwell Sands Beach

    7. Wonwell Sands Beach

    Plymouth, Devon

    A sandy beach within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated on the east bank of the river Erme and the Erme estuary, the beach joins up with Meadowsfoot (Mothecombe) at low tide.…

  • Grunta Beach

    8. Grunta Beach

    Woolacombe, Devon

    The sandy little cove of Grunta is situated below the cliffs in front of the village of Morthoe. A stone's throw from Woolacombe it is a very different place and you may even get it to yourself. As pretty…

  • Elbury Cove

    9. Elbury Cove

    Torbay, Devon

    Elbury (Elberry) Cove is a steeply-shelving pebble beach surrounded by woodland. The calm, sheltered waters are great for sea fishing and waterskiing. Only accessible on foot, via the coast path from…

  • Welcombe Mouth Beach

    10. Welcombe Mouth Beach

    Bude, Devon

    Welcombe Mouth is a secluded and serene spot which sits on Devon's north coast although it is often grouped together with the beaches of Bude over the border in Cornwall. The beach is designated as a…

  • Seacombe Sand / Rickham Sand Beach

    11. Seacombe Sand / Rickham Sand Beach

    Salcombe, Devon

    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…

  • Soar Mill Cove

    12. Soar Mill Cove

    Salcombe, Devon

    This small, remote beach is a genuine rural idyll and one of the prettiest in Devon. Soar Mill Cove is surrounded by dramatic rocks and cliffs and the craggy heath of Bolt Head. To the back of the cove…

  • Rockham Bay (Mortehoe)

    13. Rockham Bay (Mortehoe)

    Ilfracombe, Devon

    Rockham Bay near Ilfracombe, known locally as Mortehoe Beach, is a lovely secluded beach in a bay backed by rocky cliffs. The beach needs to be visited at low tide so check tidal tables before setting…

  • Meadowsfoot Beach (Mothecombe)

    14. Meadowsfoot Beach (Mothecombe)

    Holbeton, Devon

    Meadowsfoot Beach is an unspoilt, sandy beach that joins up with Wonwell Beach, on the Erme estuary, at low tide. Privately owned by the Flete estate, Meadowsfoot is open to the public on Wednesdays,…

  • Wild Pear Beach

    15. Wild Pear Beach

    Combe Martin, Devon

    Less than one mile north of Combe Martin. Access from the coast path and then steep decent to beach. Much used by naturists.

  • Ness Cove

    16. Ness Cove

    Shaldon, Devon

    Tucked away underneath the cliffs of the Ness Headland is the secluded beach of Ness Cove. The beach here is nearly always less busy than nearby Teignmouth and as a result it is popular with locals. Access…

  • Man Sands Beach

    17. Man Sands Beach

    Brixham, Devon

    Man Sands is a wonderfully secluded pebble beach with sand exposed at low tide. There is no parking near the beach, and it can be accessed only on foot either from Sharkham Pint along the coastal path…

  • Sugary and Castle Cove

    18. Sugary and Castle Cove

    Dartmouth, Devon

    Overlooked by Dartmouth Castle, Castle Cove is a tiny, relatively wild, sand and pebble beach looking out onto the mouth of the River Dart. The beach is backed by cliffs, rocks and trees. It can be easy…

  • Wringcliff Beach

    19. Wringcliff Beach

    Lynton, Devon

    A secluded shingle cove, overlooked by high cliffs, on the South West Coast Path. Parking is in the Valley of the Rocks, which is signposted from Lynton. Access is via a steep path. This scenic beach…

  • Moor Sands Beach

    20. Moor Sands Beach

    East Prawle, Devon

    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…

Please note: we would have preferred it if these beaches could have remained secret forever and would like to make it clear that the Beach Guide would never be the first to publish the details of any hidden beach.