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Shipload Bay

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Shipload Bay - Devon

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Encircled by towering cliffs, Shipload Bay Beach is made up primarily of shingle and rocks.

The beach was famous in the days of old for having been a favourite haunt for smugglers and access to the beach would have been via a small donkey path that tacked down the cliffs. Unfortunately the path has long since washed away as the area is prone to landslides.

Sadly, due to these safety concerns the beach has been closed to the public, although you can still take in the scenic views from the surrounding cliffs. Some of the local highlights include dolphins and seals which can be spotted bobbing in the waters.

You can access the cliffs via a picturesque path that takes you down country lanes and through lush fields. From the hilltops here you can also see across the Bristol Channel all the way to Lundy Island.

Type of beach

Shingle & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town



EX39 6AU

OS grid ref.

SS 2475 2736