Ness Cove Beach

Shaldon, South Devon

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The Ness beach is accessed via an original Smugglers tunnel, that comprises both a sloping path down, and some steps. Ness Cove is one our most secluded and picturesque beaches, completely enclosed by the shelter of the cliffs above.

Mainly shingle, the beach graduates gently towards the sea, and provides a great swimming area. Fishing for shrimps in the rock pools, or try  fishing from the beach. 

The Ness beach is known to have been used by smugglers in the past. Some think that the tunnel used to access the beach today was built by them, hence it's name Smugglers Tunnel, however another rumour is that it was actually created by the owners of nearby Ness House in the 1800's so that they could access the beach. Whatever it's oringinal purpose it's a wonderful way to get to the beach, with it's dark entrance and windy path through the heart of the cliff ending with a wonderful view down onto the beach as you exit at the other end.

There are yellow marker buoys out to sea, and boats are not permitted to enter the area between them and the shoreline, to enable swimming safely, apart from access to the beach via a marked access lane as marked on the beach maps.

You can book the beach for evening barbeques, via the Teignbridge District Council

Dogs are permitted all year round. Teignbridge District Council welcomes responsible dog owners, please ensure that you clear up after your pet.

 

Shaldon Tourist Information Centre near Ness Cove Beach is seasonal so check under Useful info, and tourist information for details on opening dates and times.

Ness Cove beach has steep steps at beach end so access for disabled visitors is difficult.

 

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  • Easy access from main roads/good public transport links

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  • Tourist Information (may be seasonal)

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  • Toilets

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  • On site parking

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Recent Reviews:

  • cherriesfan_9
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    Dog owner or not, this is a great place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    2nd Oct 2019
    Descending down the well lit steps into the Smugglers Tunnel is fun, and arriving onto the beach at Ness Cove is wonderful, coming out of the (relative) darkness then directly facing a glorius... Read full review
  • BNA20152015
    Bath, United Kingdom
    TY for telling me about it!
    5 of 5 stars
    16th Oct 2019
    It was quite a drive to the car park but we were pleased to see a sign pointing to the tunnel to the beach. You feel you are going somewhere special and the beach and the dogs playing on... Read full review
  • Paul H
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    12th Nov 2019
    Brilliant dog walking beach. Carpark with toilets near by. Within walking distance of all the local amenities of Shaldon village Read full review

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