Beaches in South Devon
South Devon has some of the best beaches in England –everything from large sandy beaches to secluded coves. With over 120 miles of stunning coastline running from Seaton to Plymouth, we have over 50 beaches to be explored.
Outstanding Quality Beaches
Many of our beaches have awards for water and beach quality, and a great swathe of the coastline is under the protection of an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) or the National Trust. The beaches in South Devon are great for crabbing and there are miles of safe, award winning beaches ideal for families, or if you want more action, you can try some of the popular watersports on offer.
Get out and Explore the Coastline
If you want to get out and explore the coastline take a walk along The South West Coast Path, which will guide you along the stunning panoramic sweep of coast, and also allow access to some hidden coves and beaches. The South West Coast Path runs the length of the South Devon Coast - and so you can be sure of well kept and marked paths and signage to show you the way.
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of stunning coastline running from Exmouth in South Devon to Studland in Dorset. The start of this coastline, in Exmouth, is marked with a five metre high ‘geo needle’ at Orcombe Point. The cliffs and beaches along the route record 185 million years of the earth’s history.
A geological ‘walk through time’ this part of the UK coastline spans the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and was awarded England’s first natural World Heritage Site status in 2001.
Much of Devon’s Jurassic Coast lies within the East Devon AONB meaning it’s an ideal habitat for rare and important plants, birds and animals. You might even spot dolphins and basking sharks whilst exploring.