The Beach Guide

Shaldon Beach

Shaldon Beach - Devon

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The delightful Shaldon Beach lies on one of the most dramatic parts of Devon's south coast, at the mouth of the River Teign. The beach is a mixture of red sand with some areas of shingle and slopes gently into the calm, blue waters of the estuary.

The coast beyond the beach is backed by impressive sandstone cliffs from which there are great views across the river and along the coast beyond Teignmouth. There are some pretty shells to be found here.
Although there is no lifeguard here, Shaldon beach is a haven for watersport enthusiasts. Sailing, swimming, canoeing and rowing are all popular here.

Shaldon is also a good family beach with plenty of amenities close to hand and all the usual beach activities including shell collecting. When the tide is in, the beach makes a good spot to watch the boats coming into the harbour at Teignmouth.

If you fancy a trip over to Teignmouth, or visa versa, there is a passenger ferry operating from the beach here.

The village of Shaldon itself has some good places to eat and drink as well as plenty of traditional seaside entertainments. A variety of events are organized throughout the year, including a water carnival in early August and Shaldon Regatta, which takes place over 9 days at the end of August. The Regatta - possibly one of the oldest in the country - offers something for everybody. There are plenty of beach games, including an organized pillow fight and all sorts of nautical activities. Children will love the plastic duck race and the sandcastle completion.

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Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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    TQ14 0DL

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    SX 9358 7224

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