Sidmouth Beach

Sidmouth Beach - Devon
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The attractive Victorian resort of Sidmouth lies on the coast about 15 miles from Exeter. The main beach on the town’s sea-front is largely made up of hand-sized pebbles above the shoreline.

At low tide a strip of rich red sand is exposed with some interesting rock pools. Sidmouth’s gently sloping beach is backed by a low sea wall, and there are a number of groynes leading into the sea, to minimise beach erosion. Red-hued cliffs flank both sides of the beach.

Parking is available at various locations in the town, including a paying car park at the eastern end of the beach. To the left, facing the sea, lies the river Sid. To the right an esplanade extends beyond Chit Rocks towards Jacobs Ladder Beach.

The town beach has a slipway at the eastern end which gives boats access to the sea.  At the western end of the esplanade kayaks and canoes are available for hire.

There is no lifeguard, and swimmers should not swim beyond the marked buoys as there are strong currents in the offshore breakwaters.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog bins are provided. Dogs are welcome all year on a small area at the east end of the beach. Dogs are not permitted on the main beach between the 1st May and the 30th September.

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  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



EX10 8BD

OS grid ref.

SY 1272 8722


Pay parking available. spaces for disabled people.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag Award

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