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.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed from 1 April to 30 September along the seashore between the Clipper Quay and the steps to the beach approximately 410 metres south east of the Clipper Quay.

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  • Good fishing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Shop
  • Slipway

Nearest town



TQ14 0DL

OS grid ref.

SX 9358 7224

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Shaldon Beach Reviews

My Favorite Beach

Feb 12th 2020

Lovely beach - not too crowded, nearby toilets, great cafe nearby.