Ness Cove Beach

Shaldon, South Devon

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Ness Cove Beach angled image of the seafront
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  • Ness Cove Beach seafront
  • Ness Cove Tunnel

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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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  • Toilets

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Tompoppy
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Lovely cove walj
      5 of 5 stars
      29th June 2021
      Fantastic beach, dog friendly, clean and safe, really enjoyed a morning here, dogs went off lead, clean toilets at the entrance, would recommend a visit. Read full review
    • SawleyDawn381
      Sawley, United Kingdom
      Unusual entrance
      5 of 5 stars
      2nd July 2021
      Nice to take the dog for his first swim. Interesting having to go through a tunnel to get to it.. Shingle type beach. Toilet and refreshment faci.ities available before entering tunnel. Read full review
    • Howlo
      Buckingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Great open Beach
      4 of 5 stars
      5th July 2021
      A lovely experience walking down the tunnel and steps to be greeted by a wide and open beach, lovely stroll to the far end and back. The dogs had a great time. Read full review

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