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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  • GabriellaN957
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Beautifully secluded
    5 of 5 stars
    1st Apr 2019
    What a wonderful secluded beach. Walk through the smugglers tunnel to get to the cove and enjoy the peace and solitude. It’s beautiful to spot all the different colour pebbles and we even found... Read full review
  • V8928ISlaurab
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely little beach
    5 of 5 stars
    10th Apr 2019
    Stunning views, not very busy. Secret little cove down a smugglers tunnel, lovely day spent here. Cafe and pubs a short walk away. All around a good visit 10/10 Read full review
  • reliantrobyn
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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    Family
    A hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    14th Apr 2019
    Let’s start by saying, I love this beach. It’s hidden out the way and secluded. In the summer is a lovely place to be and also in the winter if you can brave the cold sea breeze! Having lived in... Read full review

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