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Top 10 Recommended Bays in South West England


Bays in South West England
Take advantage of the spectacular South West Coast Path to discover the coastline of South West England. From the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site to the vast Atlantic-facing beaches of Cornwall and Devon, this region is stunning where land meets sea. Clearly, given all this glorious coastline, there are some cracking bays. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Bays in South West England' to discover more. By James Penman.

St Ives Bay

South west Cornwall, above The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). The coastal town of St. Ives is mighty impressive as is the bay with which it shares its name. When the sun's out, this is an amazing sight. View from Godrevy Point.

Start Bay, Devon

In the South Devon AONB running from Start Point north to the area around Dartmouth. Lined by some superb beaches. Try Slapton Sands, Bee Sands and Blackpool Sands. Walk the South West Coast Path.

Whitesand Bay

On The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula). We first saw the bay, which includes Sennen Cove Beach and Gwenver Beach, when the sun was out and the light was clean. An extraordinary place.

Studland Bay

Over in the east of the region and towards the end/start of both the South West Coast Path and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Great beaches.

Mounts Bay, Cornwall

Huge arc of sand with views to St Michael's Mount. St Ives Bay to the north.

Lynmouth Bay

The coast of Exmoor National Park close to the Devon and Somerset border.

Morte Bay

In the North Devon AONB. Where you'll find Woolacombe Sand (Beach) and Putsborough Sand (Beach). We'd recommend for the view from Morte Point alone.

Tor Bay, Devon

The English Riviera. This is an exceptionally beautiful part of South West England. Must-see UK.

Whitsand Bay

One of our favourites within South West England, a vast and wild bay in east Cornwall.