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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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  • Toilets

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Recent Reviews:

  • k4teb1
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great little adventure
    5 of 5 stars
    18th June 2018
    We found this by accident when visiting Shaldon Zoo but it is a gem. You access it via a cave/tunnel which takes you down many many steps to the beach, through the cliff. The kids loved this aspect... Read full review
  • Debrastorr
    Balmedie, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely to go through tunnel to this sheltered beach between cliffs.
    5 of 5 stars
    24th May 2018
    Tunnel and steps worth the effort to get to this ‘secret’ beach. Good that there are toilets at the top too. Read full review
  • Sadiewoo
    South Devon, United Kingdom
    Dog walking
    5 of 5 stars
    17th May 2018
    Great for dog walking as it’s a secluded cove so dogs can run free without running off . We’ve got a puppy so ideal for her to run some energy off . It has a tunnel you have to go through to get to... Read full review

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