A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, Inns, Lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc across the South Devon AONB. Pictured is Mill Bay Beach on The Kingsbridge Salcombe Estuary.
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Top 10 Recommended Beaches in South Devon AONB


Bantham Beach

Magnificent sandy beach joining Bigbury-on-Sea beach when the tide's out. Great surf vibe and views across to Burgh Island.

Slapton Sands, Devon

Long and narrow pebble beach running along the centre of Start Bay. Excellent walking on the South West Coast Path heading south to Start Point.

Mill Bay Beach

Idyllic sandy National Trust beach on The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary with views across to Salcombe.

Hope Cove Mouthwell Beach, Devon

Small sandy beach by Outer Hope. Across the way is Hope Cove Harbour Beach.

Thurlestone Sands/South Milton Sands (Beach), Devon

Great family beach managed by the National Trust. To the west are a number of smaller beaches. Good rock pooling at Thurlestone Leas Foot Sand. Amazing walks.

Bigbury-on-Sea Beach

Sandy beach extending to Burgh Island when the tide's out. Connects to Bantham Beach. There's a sea tractor offering access to Burgh Island when tide's in. Great fun!

South Sands, Devon

Another cracking beach at Salcombe. Sandy beach accessible by a narrow, winding road. Limited parking so best to take taxi boat and then sea tractor from Salcombe.

Soar Mill Cove

A relatively unknown, small beach close to Salcombe (east) and Bolberry Down (west). Cracking walking and views.

Blackpool Sands

One of the most picturesque and well photographed beaches in South Devon.

River Erme and Estuary

Off the beaten track but worth the effort. A large expanse of sand on the Erme Estuary. The South West Coast Path runs across the beach.