Hope Cove Beach

Hope Cove, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon

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Hope Cove is made up of two sandy beaches, Inner Hope and Outer Hope, in the South Devon National Landscape (previously AONB), between Salcombe and Thurlestone. Accessible via a picturesque walk along the South West Coast Path, or a short drive from Kingsbridge, this secluded cove offers a sense of serenity and seclusion, creating a dramatic backdrop for sunbathers and photographers alike. With seasonal lifeguards and water quality designated as excellent, Hope Cove’s beaches are great for families to visit.   

The northernmost, smaller of Hope Cove’s two beaches, Outer Hope, also known as Mouthwell Sands, is generally the more popular of the two for families, swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. Plus, the mix of sand and rocky areas on means it’s great for sandcastles and sunbathing as well as exploring the rockpools.  

Inner Hope Beach, nestled within the sheltered cove, provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The soft golden sands gently slope into the azure waters, making it ideal for swimming, and water activities such as paddleboarding. Surrounded by cliffs and rocky outcrops, Inner Hope Beach offers a sense of seclusion and intimacy, perfect for couples seeking a romantic retreat or nature lovers looking to explore the rugged coastline. 

The fantastic beaches and the proximity of the village make either of the Hope Cove beaches an ideal destination for (at least) a full day out. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a peaceful retreat by the sea, Hope Cove Beach promises an unforgettable experience amidst the natural splendour of Devon's coastline. With its pristine sands, clear waters, and welcoming village atmosphere, it's no wonder that Hope Cove remains a favourite destination for visitors to the region. 

Facilities at Hope Cove Beach include toilets, beachside restaurants and bars, and shops selling beach essentials and refreshments.  

Fun fact! Hope Cove has also recently been the location for the BBC drama The Coroner

Find out more about Hope Cove village here.  



  • Disabled access to the beach

Attraction Facilities

  • Toilets


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking On Site



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Kingsbridge, follow the road to West Alvington, Turn right onto Burleigh Lane and Continue onto Hope By-Pass. Please be aware that the roads are quite narrow at times. 



Public Transport Directions

The 162 Tally Ho bus Kingsbridge runs to and from Hope Cove three times a day. 

The closest train station is Totnes. From here catch the hourly 164 bus to Kingsbridge and then the 162. 





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    Recent Reviews:

    • Paul W
      Loverly beach spoilt by the car park experience
      2 of 5 stars
      18th Feb 2024
      It’s undoubtably a loverly beach for both a walk and dip in the sea. But the council do all they can to catch visitors in the car park. Firstly to park is very expensive and difficult in summer but... Read full review
    • AvidAdventurers
      London, United Kingdom
      Lovely place but DON'T PARK IN THE CAR PARK.
      2 of 5 stars
      26th Mar 2024
      Lovely beach - wonderful cafes and pub - but AVOID the car park - it is owned by a couple in Totnes who rent it out to Premier Parking Solutions. I'd be happy to share the details of their business... Read full review
    • K1081UZjs
      Tarleton, United Kingdom
      Beautiful Hope Cove
      5 of 5 stars
      30th June 2024
      This is the most beautiful place ever. Love swimming in the bay even in May! The Cove is the best pub ever with amazing food.Lots of amazing walks from here. So look forward to our yearly retreat... Read full review

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