The Beach Guide

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 Gammons Head. 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.

  • Gammons Head Beach

    1. 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.

  • Batten Bay

    2. 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…

  • Dawlish Beach

    3. 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…

  • Plymouth Hoe - East Beach

    4. 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…

  • Leas Foot Sands Beach

    5. Leas Foot Sands Beach

    Leas Foot Sands is a lovely little sandy beach located in front of the Thurlestone Golf Club, just north of Thurlestone beach. The beach here is nearly always far less busy than its better-known neighbour and is often more sheltered from the breeze…

  • Holcombe Beach (Teignmouth)

    6. 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…

  • Bovisand Bay

    7. Bovisand Bay

    Bovisand is a sheltered bay which is easily reached from Plymouth. It has fine golden sand and low-rise cliffs on either side. The beach at Bovisand is very wide when the tide is out, creating plenty of space for playing on the sand. As the beach…

  • Hope Cove

    8. 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…

  • Shipload Bay

    9. 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…

  • Combe Martin Beach

    10. Combe Martin Beach

    Combe Martin beach, on the North Devon coast is set in an attractive location just below the small resort village which gives it its name. It is flanked by some of the highest sea cliffs in England, which go towards earning its designation as an…