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Best beaches in Devon

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Devon as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Devon is Mouthwell Sands. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Devon just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Mouthwell Sands Beach

    Mouthwell Sands Beach

    Mouthwell Sands is a small, family-friendly beach on the northern side of the picturesque fishing village of Hope Cove. A stream runs down the beach that is very popular with children who will love spending the day splashing about in it with buckets…

  • 2. Dawlish Beach

    Dawlish Beach

    Dawlish town beach, a mixture of sand and shingle, follows the curve of the sheltered bay from Lea Mount to Langstone Rock, a distance of over a mile. Great for swimming, with pleasure boat trips around the bay in summer. There is a wide, scenic…

  • 3. Batten Bay

    Batten Bay

    Batten Bay beach is situated just a stone\'s throw across Plymouth Sound from the Barbican and Hoe. However, unless you take a water taxi it is quite a circuitous route through Plymstock to get here. Probably the best thing about Batten Bay are…

  • 4. Plymouth Hoe - East Beach

    Plymouth Hoe - East Beach

    Plymouth Hoe East is a developed promenade area just below Smeaton's Lighthouse. The beach itself is rather small and composed of rocks and shingle. It has fine views over Plymouth Sound, a lively natural harbour at which there is always plenty…

  • 5. Gammons Head Beach

    Gammons Head Beach

    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 is at East Prawle Point.

  • 6. Torre Abbey Beach

    Torre Abbey Beach

    Torre Abbey is Torquay's main beach, situated just west of the harbour. Shallow, safe waters and a sheltered aspect make this a very popular beach in summer. Mainly sand, with some rocky sections, the beach is backed by a promenade and a large grassy…

  • 7. Shipload Bay

    Shipload Bay

    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…

  • 8. Hope Cove

    Hope Cove

    Hope Cove consists of two sandy bays, Inner and Outer Hope. As the name suggests Inner Hope is more sheltered and is actually home to a small harbour tucked away behind the rocks at the northern end. The twin beaches back onto the charming village…

  • 9. Teignmouth Beach

    Teignmouth Beach

    Teignmouth, on the mouth of the River Teign estuary makes an excellent base for a day out at the beach. This traditional South Devon seaside resort has some fine examples of Georgian architecture along with a Victorian pier. It is also situated…

  • 10. Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)

    Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)

    Holcombe beach is quite narrow strip of sand and shingle, flanked by dramatic red cliffs. Running alongside the beach is a low sea wall along which it is possible to walk to Teignmouth. Directly on top of the sea wall is the railway line which runs…