Devon is a unique English county but what really sets it apart from other counties is that it has coastline to the north, on the Irish Sea and Bristol Channel, and on the English Channel to the south.
That variety of coastline makes it incredibly attractive to tourists, both within the UK and those who come from abroad to see this charming part of south west England.
But there is so much to see and do, including lunching in bustling harbours, browsing through art galleries and enjoying world class walks, that only those who live nearby (in places such as Ivybridge, Modford and Bittaford Wood) have enough time to see all that is on offer.
To make it easier for you holiday makers we have compiled a list of the best beaches in Devon. These are by no means comprehensive but offer a good selection of the various different types of beach that are available.
– Come to Wonwell sands for a bit of seclusion. This beach is quite difficult to access via a long and narrow walk down from the village of Kingston which means that only the dedicated make the trip. Shelter, long stretches of sand and easy proximity to the city of Plymouth make it a great choice, though those with families should be aware that there is no lifeguard. The beach has certain benefits and disadvantages. Pet owners will be glad to know that dogs are allowed but there is very limited parking. On the other hand the beach does benefit from having toilets.
Thurlestone may have coarse sands but it also has plenty of facilities and is good for watersports. Thurlestone Beach North has parking for 150 vehicles and a lifeguard. Dogs are permitted as long as owners make use of the dog waste bins situated along the beach.
While you can enjoy scuba diving and windsurfing, there is everything necessary to get warm on shore afterwards with numerous shops stationed there. Walking is also a delight here with a number of rock pools for children to enjoy and further opportunities to stretch your legs along the South West Coast Path. There are some good rock pools on the beach at low tide. The beach has been given a full stamp of approval for its wildlife having been recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.
To get to Thurlestone beach just follow the A37p road towards the coast and look for signs to South Milton. The Thurlestone south beach will also be signposted. The 162 bus service also serves Thurlestone North Beach.
– On the other side of the Plymouth Sound is Cawsand Bay. This offers variety with boating, watersports, and swimming all available. There are plenty of facilties to warm you up once you have dried off and walking is very popular around here as it is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
This area of Plymouth is incredibly popular with tourists but if you are lucky enough to live in the area, for instance at our Glenholt Park Homes , then it is very easy to access.
If you fancy living in this desireable area, contact the park home warden Samantha Welsh direct on 01752 708555. The Bittaford Wood Park home is run by Millers Estate Agents who are on 01752 892818 .