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Quay & Hartland Point
The coast around Hartland Point is one of Britain's
most treacherous. At least 36 ships were wrecked on the 4 miles
centred on Hartland Quay alone between 1800 and 1920. This small
museum tells it all, and also has displays on the little port
itself and its smuggling days, natural history, and the incredibly
contorted rock layers hereabouts. Six circular walks start from
the museum. The beach at Hartland Quay is rocky with numerous
pools and the cliffs are spectacular with contorted rock formations.
There are lovely views from Hartland Point although you are unable
to climb down to the beach below. Nearby - Hartland Abbey
| Westward Ho!
A seaside resort with all the features one expects - amusement arcade, putting green, playground, beach shops, snack bars and seaside pubs. The beach - sand/pebbles - is easily accessible from the car park and is ideal for swimming and surfing. There are also pools in the rocks which have been adapted for swimming. Nearby - Appledore, Bideford, Northern Burrows, Royal North Devon Golf Club.
miles of sandy beach protected by a ridge of huge pebbles. Ideal
for swimming, surfing and sailboarding. There is a visitors centre
explaining the ecology of the sea and surrounding area. This
is open Easter - September 10am - 5pm, although the park is open
all the time. There is a car park behind the pebble ridge and
toilets at the visitors centre.
from which the beach is wheelchair
accessible. Although it does have a sandy beach it is not really
for sunbathing and surfing as it is in the estuary. It is however
great to play on, fly kites etc. It is an attractive area and
has always been popular with artists. When the tide is out it
is very pleasant walking along the beach by the edge of the river
Torridge with picturesque Appledore on the opposite side. The
children find this fun too as there are lots of pools in the
soft sand, many of which contain attractive seashells. There
is car parking in the village There is also a car park behind
This award winning sandy beach is just around the corner from Saunton Sands, but because it is smaller it can get crowded. However it is easily accessible, there is plenty of car parking and it is excellent for swimming, surfing, windsurfing etc. The beach is manned with lifeguards. At one end of the beach there is equipment hire, a shop, refreshments and toilets. From here the beach is wheelchair accessible.
Putsborough (At the southern end of Woolacombe Sands) Another award winning sandy beach manned with lifeguards. Again ideal for surfing, swimming and water sports. There is a beach car park but access for wheelchairs is difficult. Toilets and snack bar.
Saunton Sands 3 miles of flat
sand backed by massive sand dunes. Excellent surfing beach and
ideal for all water sports. Manned with lifeguards. Wheelchair
accessible. Shop, toilet etc. at car park end of beach - However
you can get away from the crowds by just walking further along
the beach. Try to arrive early as car parking space is limited
and can fill up on busy days.
A modern settlement rather swamped
by hotels guest houses and caravan parks. However once you get
past all this you come to one of the finest beaches in the West
Country. 3 miles of golden sand with numerous awards. It is very
clean and tidy, has good toilet facilities, first aid, life saving
equipment and even a lost children service. There is a large
car park near the beach which is easily accessible to wheelchairs.
Woolacombe is ideal for all water sports and there are lifeguards
on the beach. However attention should be paid to warnings not
to bathe at low tide.
Barricane Beach (Just
north of Woolacombe Sands) A Small rocky cove with a beach made
of broken sea shells not native to Britain. Rock pools amongst
the flat rocks. Wheelchair access is possible if a little difficult.
Parking is on the Mortehoe road (opposite The Devon Beach Hotel)
or at Woolacombe Beach car park five minutes walk away.
Combesgate, Rockham &
Grunta are all small secluded bays which have deep
safe rock pools. The only access to these bays however is by
footpath. A good starting point is the ancient parish church
at Mortehoe - St Mary's. The Chichester Arms in Mortehoe provides
an excellent lunch.
Tunnels - Ilfracombe An aging holiday resort which was at its best during
the Victorian era, although now is begining to show a new life.
Tunnels are passages hewn through the cliffs to a privately
owned bathing beach. The Victorians also built up walls between
rocks to make two bathing pools - One for ladies and one for
gentlemen. There is a small charge to use the Tunnels. Click
here for website
pretty little village is nestled in Fushia Valley - a deep combe
where fushias grow in abundance. The beach is delightful at low
tide with lots of rock pools to explore and a stretch of sand
giving good bathing. At high tide all this is covered and the
beach becomes very uninviting.
Hele Bay (Just east of Ilfracombe) A safe shingle beach
which is popular with canoeists. There are a few amusements and
a tide filled childrens swimming pool. In the village is a working
16th century watermill open April - October. There is also a
pottery at the mill where you can make your own pot. From the
village there is a paths up the impressive 447ft Hillsborough
hill which provides a good view of Ilfracombe Harbour. Its summit
is also one of the few places in the country where you can see
the sun rise and set over a sea horizon. Just yards from the
beach is the Hele Bay pub with excellent
Combe Martin At
high tide the beach looks uninteresting but as the tide goes
out there are large rock pools to explore and stretch of level
sand appears outside a ridge of stones known as the breakwater.
The sea is free of currents and therefore popular for bathing.
Just a little to the west is Sandy Bay which is reached by Sandy
Bay Lane. Steps lead down to the beach, but unfortunately there
is no sand. However it is a great spot for picnic. In Combe Martin
itself there is a large beach car park which provides easy access
Wild Pear Bay A delightful
beach often used by naturists. Although steps have been cut into
the cliff down to the beach, the descent and climb back are quite
arduous. The beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles and on the
north side is a stream of drinking water. The nearest car park
is the beach car park at Combe Martin. Take the footpath to Lesser
Point which then goes on to Little Hangman and you will come
across the path down to Wild Pear/Hangman beach.
A lovely sheltered bay where the
steep cliffs are covered in woods and a fast flowing stream gushes
down the hillside to the beach below. There is a small car park
next to the road and the path zig-zags down through the woods
to the beach below. The beach, made up of rocks, large pebbles
and shingle, is safe for swimming and is a lovely place to just
sit, relax and enjoy the scenery. The only disadvantage is having
to walk back up!
Lee Bay A very
narrow scenic road brings you from Woody Bay to Lee Bay. Another
very attractive bay with rocks to climb and a sandy/shingle beach
to play on. However bathers should beware of strong currents.
Car parking is in a field near the bay and there are some facilities.
Wringcliff Bay This secluded little bay is surrounded by high
cliffs. The path down to it is quite steep and not really suitable
for very young children. There is a car park in the Valley of
the Rocks and the path is sign posted from the little roundabout
near the car park.
This charming village sits on the mouth
of the River Lyn and attracts many visitors. It is very pretty
and has an excellent museum, a cliff railway linking Lynmouth
to Lynton, a brass rubbing centre and lovely woodland walks by
the waterfalls in Glen Lyn Gorge. The pebble beach however has
little to offer apart from a tide filled bathing pool on the
Eastern Beach facing the Manor Grounds.