Our Choice Of Best Beaches In Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
Here are our 10 best beaches in south west England in alphabetical order.
Berrow Beach, Berrow, Somerset - MAP - Berrow Beach, also known as Berrow Flats this is Europe's second longest beach at around 6 miles! Great for solitude; backed by dunes and marshland - a haven for wildlife. The beach is home to the shipwreck of the Norwegian barque SS Nornen, which ran aground on March 3, 1897. In July 2003, Sedgemoor District Council threatened to remove the wreck from the beach fearing it could be held liable if any jet-skiers were to hit the wreck while submerged at high tide.
Broadsands Beach, Paignton, Devon - MAP - Nestling between rocky headlands, Broadsands Beach is just a short distance (bus route 12) south from the centre of Paignton. Rarely crowded, with shallow, safe waters, perfect for swimming.
Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall - MAP -
Castle Beach a south facing rocky/sandy
beach to the west of Pendennis Point (The Lizard), Falmouth (not marked on Ordnance
Survey maps). The beach overlooked by Pendennis Castle. At low tide there are
plenty of rock pools for the kids to use a net to catch (and release) small fish,
crabs etc. A 10 minute walk from town. By car, take the A39 through Falmouth.
On the A39 turn right at a crossroads (signs to "Beaches")
then take the 2nd left and follow this road past Gyllyngvase car park onto Cliff
Road for parking in 2 small pay and display car parks on Pendennis Point. There
is a shop and public toilets by the beach.
Dogs are banned on the beach from Easter Day to October 1.
Crantock Beach, Newquay, Cornwall - MAP - Crantock Beach is a really pleasant sandy beach with a huge expanse of sand at low tide. The beach is backed by extensive dunes. On bus route 585. By car from Newquay follow the A30 for about 2 miles east from the Carland Cross roundabout turn north onto the B3285, which is the road to Goonhavern. Continue on this road to Goonhavern and turn right onto the A3075. About 3 miles later turn left onto the road for Crantock village. Drive into the village and turn right and follow the road down to the 2 car parks. Alternatively drive past Crantock and park at West Pentire. There is a toilet near the beach. Swimming can be dangerous beside the river Gannel and the river mouth. Good surfing beach, less popular than Fistral. There is quick sand in the Gannel estuary. Dogs allowed all year. Other beaches nearby: Bedruthan Steps, Great Western, Holywell Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porth, Porth Joke, Towan, Watergate Bay, Whipsiderry, Pentire Steps and Tolcarne.
Dawlish Warren Beach, Dawlish Warren, Devon - MAP - Dawlish Warren is a popular summer destination for many northerners, who take advantage of the great beach. What makes it extra special is the close proximity to the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, a great location for birds and other wildlife. Bottle-nosed dolphins are sighted off the beach throughout the late summer.
Exmouth Beach, Exmouth, Devon - MAP - MCS Recommended (2010) UK's Highest standard for bathing water quality. RNLI Lifeguard service in attendance from May 29th - September 5th. A sea wall and Queens Drive back Exmouth's long sandy beach. There's a wide promenade lined with shops restaurants and pubs. Great beach for kite surfing and rockpooling. Positioned at the very end of the 'Jurassic Coast' there is always a chance of turning up a fossil whilst beachcombing!
Looe Beach, Cornwall - MAP - The seafront sandy Looe beach is popular with families and extends some way along the coast to the east. Great sand castle sand! There is a slipway to the beach. Looe gets very busy in the summer and the 950 space car park in West Looe and 2 smaller car parks in East Looe can get full very quickly. Shops, restaurants, cafe's and toilets by the beach. Dogs are banned from the beach all year round! Sea fishing trips available from the town harbour. In addition, there are several other beaches very close by. On a rainy day, there is always the Old Guildhall Museum.
Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, Devon - MAP - Meadfoot Beach is one of Torquay's least crowded beaches. On bus route 155/156. Meadfoot beach is a mixture of rock, stone and sandy areas. At the rocky eastern end there is a cliff and a car park, which gives access to a boat launching ramp. The western end is more sandy and has facilities such as a cafe and beach huts. Beyond the beach, the road is adjacent to a cliff and there are parking spaces along the bottom of this. It is a common sight to see people fishing from the rocks. It is generally known as a local's beach due to its location away from the more popular tourist areas of Babbacombe and Torre Abbey. The Osbourne hotel overlooks the beach. Meadfoot beach has won the prestigious European blue flag award for the quality of its water.
Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall - MAP - Porthcurno Beach is a perfect sandy beach accessed via a small flight of steps. 1 main car park with toilets. Lifeguards in summer. Dogs are banned on the beach from 1st May to 30th September (08.00 to 19.00).
Portminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall - MAP - Porthminster Beach is the first of a string of golden beaches stretching along St Ives Bay as far as Godrevy Lighthouse. A 'Blue Flag' half mile long beach, great for traditional bucket and spade beach visits.
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