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:

  • LuciusLandmass
    london
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Smugglers tunnel
    5 of 5 stars
    6th Sept 2018
    It has everything you want from a Devon or Cornish holiday, the tunnel through the cliff may never have seen any smuggling but it surely feels like it has. A great adventure with young children and a... Read full review
  • UKHolbee
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Dramatic entrance to a lovely hidden cove
    4 of 5 stars
    8th Sept 2018
    The smugglers tunnel is a fun and novel way to access the beach. We enjoyed the adventure and the cove on the other side was very quiet on a weekday afternoon in September. Its dog friendly so our... Read full review
  • Gardengel-IoW
    Isle of Wight, UK
    Secluded
    3 of 5 stars
    23rd Sept 2018
    Bit of a shlep to get down there. Through a tunnel and down some/a lot of steps. Can be a bit wet through there too before you even get to the beach. Don't forget anything and go to the loo too... Read full review

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