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:

  • richardtw1978
    Barton Under Needwood, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely beach
    5 of 5 stars
    28th July 2019
    Clear water, lovely sandy beach, great for the dog! Not too busy and nice and clean. Fun to get to via the smugglers’ tunnel. Read full review
  • MummyTravels
    London, United Kingdom
    Quirky little cove with the best approach
    4 of 5 stars
    5th Aug 2019
    One of the biggest draws for Ness Cove is walking through the smuggler's tunnel to get there - there are almost 100 steps, which is worth knowing with babies or toddlers, and enjoyably spooky, before... Read full review
  • georgewU9819OM
    Starcross, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Hidden gem.
    5 of 5 stars
    13th Aug 2019
    Nice secluded beach not often too busy. Dog friendly and a long beach for them to play around on the sand and in the sea Read full review

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