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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Recent Reviews:

  • Peter S
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Beach through a tunnel
    5 of 5 stars
    3rd Aug 2018
    This is a great place to bring your dog for walk and the kids to play. Walk through a long tunnel and you are on deep red sand. Read full review
  • Joanna M
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great beach
    5 of 5 stars
    27th July 2018
    We (2x 5yr, 1x6 yr and 7 adults) spent a week in Shaldon and we spent 1 full day and half a day on this beautful beach. We took a picnic both times and chairs, picnic rugs etc. My 93 yr old grandad... Read full review
  • Claire H
    London, United Kingdom
    Lovely little beach through a smuggler's tunnel
    4 of 5 stars
    23rd July 2018
    This is a lovely pebble beach, in a hidden cove, through an old smuggler's tunnel - that is now more of a concrete walkway, with a number of steps at the end to get down to the beach. It's still... Read full review

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