Hope Cove

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The quaint fishing village of Hope Cove is one our most popular and sought-after destinations, and a holiday cottage here is the ideal choice to enjoy a scenic traditional seaside holiday on the South Devon coast.

 

About Hope Cove

Hope Cove is one our most popular and sought-after destinations. A quaint old fishing village sat in picture postcard surroundings, it is home to some of the finest coastal holiday cottages in Devon. Hope Cove is the perfect location for those wanting a traditional British seaside holiday in a stunning, natural setting. Formed around the twin villages of Inner and Outer Hope, the cove benefits from two golden sandy beaches, and an abundance of rock pools for the kids to potter about in, looking for signs of marine life.The beach at Outer Hope often offers perfect conditions for safe body boarding.

Hope Cove is home to the Hope and Anchor pub and The Cove, an uber-cool café bar that serves late breakfasts and sunset suppers just a stone's throw from the scenic beach. The Hope Cove Gallery exhibits wonderful local art and crafts, and is a great place to pick up a souvenir or just have a lazy browse to escape the summer sun. Alternatively, treat yourself to an ice-cream, find a quiet bench and watch the waves gently roll into the bay. The adventurous might be inclined to set forth in search of little-known Beecon Beach, where they are likely to find themselves alone with only the gulls for company, while walkers can take the coast path east towards Bolberry and beyond, or west to South Milton Sands for a swim followed by a meal at the fabulous Beach House.

Quaint Thurlestone with its choice of stunning beaches is just a short drive away or can be reached by foot by following the coast path to the west. Bantham and Salcombe are also nearby, and you won't have to venture far to take in rest of the South Devon countryside.

A holiday cottage in Hope Cove is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a memorable holiday on the Devon coast.

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Moving Tides
(Less than a mile)

Moving Tides offers sea kayaking trips and courses for older children and adults around the beautiful South Hams coastline and estuaries.  Run by highly qualified BSU guides, this is an exhilarating way to get out on the water and explore the areas secluded coves and beaches, experiencing all kinds of wildlife along the way. Top of the range equipment is provided to ensure everyone's experience is warm, safe and fun.

Click here or call 07732 145463 for further information

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Salcombe Shooting School

Salcombe Shooting School
(2 miles)

Founded 20 years ago by Royal Marine Chris, and set in a valley in Bolberry, Salcombe Shooting School makes for the perfect location to simulate game shooting. They provide a variety of targets and a wonderful training ground for those wanting to hone their clay shooting skills. A fun and safe experience for all ages and levels, the school provides all safety equipment and offers individual lessons from £50 for an hour or two sharing for £80 for 90 minutes. They also offer air rifle sessions and cater for shooting parties which can be a wonderful way to spend birthdays, hen parties and stag dos in the South West. 

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Thurlestone Golf Club

Thurlestone Golf Club
(2 miles)

On the coast with spectacular views of the sea, Thurlestone Golf Club can be seen from the beach and is fortunate enough to be on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. The 18-hole course is a mix of links and cliff top terrain and aims to cater to all ages and abilities with a variety of tees. All visitors are welcome and will be pleased to know that there are two bars on site as well as a separate dining room. Green fees vary according to the season but start at £36 per person in the low season. As with most golf courses, there is a dress code so golf shoes must be worn and denim isn’t allowed, but a full list or restrictions are listed on their main website.

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The Voyage Spa
(2 miles)

Indulge in a spot of pampering at The Voyage Spa in Thurlestone's iconic hotel. Having recently gone under a complete refurbishment, this beautiful spa combines luxurious modern facilities with a boutique touches to celebrate the regions nautical past. There are three beauty rooms offering a range of treatments as well as a pool, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, fitness studio, steam room and a laconium.

Click here to find out more. 

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Bantham Surfing Academy

Bantham Surfing Academy
(3 miles)

Operating from the car park at postcard perfect surfer’s paradise Bantham Beach, Bantham Surfing Academy is run by experienced SurfingGB qualified instructors who offer tuition and coaching for all levels, including beginners, as well as supervised surfing sessions and a Kids Club. In addition to surfing lessons, the team offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, hire and tours around Burgh Island and the River Avon, and lifeguard and surf instructor tuition and qualifications. 

Click here for further details

Enjoy 10% off group surf lesson or SUP lesson for 4 people or more. Booking code ‘TOADHALLSURFER’

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Amazing!!!

July 2018


My granddaughter had expert tuition and was so thrilled to be able to stand on her board. She was well looked after (5yrs)

August 2017



The Hope & Anchor
(Less than a mile)

Central to the village and just steps from the beach, this is a warm and welcoming pub with characterful interiors and a spacious outside terrace.  Friendly staff serve hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners using fresh local ingredients as well as a range of coffees, local ales and other drinks.

Hope & Anchor Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ (T: 01548 561294)

 

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Amazing location, friendly staff and the food was superb. Great place for a pit stop. Great for dog owners too.

September 2018


We had a nice meal here but the portions were huge and they weren't brilliant with my coeliac (gluten free) child.

August 2018


Fantastic view of sunset. Typical pub food, acceptable but uninspiring.

July 2018


Lovely location. Good food and hardworking pleasant staff

July 2018


Very busy but we had an excellent meal with really good service.

July 2018


Good beer, good food and lovely location. Friendly courteous staff.

June 2018


Great pub in a great location, good pub food and nice beers ( and Rattler Cyder )

June 2018


Good food and great location

June 2018


Had a lovely evening meal. Very busy, but the staff were brilliant and hurried things up for us as we had young children with us.

June 2018


The beer was probably the best in Hope Cove but the service was slow and food was average.

May 2018


Plenty of room and helpful staff, although lacks a bit of atmosphere in my opinion. My partner loved his fish and chips however I had the seafood curry and although it was very tasty with a Thai style sauce the quality of the seafood let it down. The mussels were tiny and vastly inferior to others I had eaten that week. There is quite a lot of very good food in the area and although my other half was happy, I wouldn't rush back.

April 2018


Very friendly staff - happy to recommend and very dog friendly

January 2018


Nice local pub in a lovely location. Good choice of beer and wine.

January 2018


Really friendly staff who are donating all their tips this month to charity. When you visit look up to read the jokes written on the beams. They may make you groan but you will have to smile if only at everybody's reactions.

November 2017


Excellent food and drinks, friendly and efficient service, and most importantly dog friendly throughout the building. Ate there most nights during our stay in Hope Cove

November 2017


Great food, friendly staff and a gorgeous view.

October 2017


OK. Same generic menu as other St Austell pub/restaurants. Huge - caters for the masses. Fish and chips were fine.

October 2017


Great food and just the right amount of choice, Great service. Thanks

September 2017


Restricted menu but the food was excellent quality and value with super service. Recommended.

September 2017


Such a fabulous place, wonderful hospitality, stunning views and amazing food. Thoroughly enjoyed it here

August 2017


Good food and good views! Go early or late evening to good table!

August 2017


Very friendly and efficient staff who made us feel welcome with the dog. The food was served very quickly and was very tasty!

July 2017


Had a superb breakfast before a horrible drive home so very friendly and helpful. Would certainly recommend to all

July 2017


Every time we visit hope cove,we come here.The food is 5 star,had seabass and mackerel on 2 separate visits.taste amazing.The service from the staff,both on food and bar was first class,nothing was to much trouble,also rattleys cider is on draught,just perfect.

July 2017


Very busy. Great staff. Cod and chips, delicious and very reasonably priced.

July 2017


Lovely food and staff. Very dog friendly too. Most welcoming...we went back twice. Thank you

July 2017


Lovely staff very friendly, food fab.

June 2017


Great food, great views, friendly staff, dog friendly. My grandson enjoyed the sand pit

June 2017


Overpriced but adeqaute

June 2017


Fantastic location great food and helpful service. Dog friendly!

June 2017


Food ok. Very friendly staff. Furnishings have been improved.

June 2017


Great local pub when you are staying in Hope Cove. Really friendly and welcoming staff who are well presented and very helpful. Menu varied and all the food we ate, was very well cooked and tasty.

June 2017


Superb location with sea views from the upstairs dining room and terrace. A quality varied menu and the seafood was excellent.

May 2017


Lovely location and wide menu choices. Food was great and service good.

May 2017


Great pub with amazing food- fishfinger bun and chips delicious and lots of other more grown up fish dishes to choose from. Happy, fun staff and super atmosphere. Nicely buzzing every time we went there . Ping pong table ,too !

May 2017


Are here twice great food, daily fish of the day was lovely, we didn't book but the staff accommodated us and were lovely and chatty. Dogs made very welcome too

May 2017


Excellent, very kid friendly and great food.

May 2017


A very welcoming place with good food and very pleasant staff

April 2017


Lovely food and family friendly.

December 2016


Great pub! Massive improvement on the last time we came before the renovation. On sunny days we say out on the balcony looking out to sea, then when it rained we cosied up inside. The place is huge and the food was really good too. We ended up in there almost every day!

December 2016


The Cove
(Less than a mile)

A beach style café bar with unbroken sea views and a great atmosphere, serving locally sourced meals along with coffees and over 30 craft beers, local cask ales and ciders.  Live music in the evenings.     

The Cove Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ (T: 01548 561376)

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We visited on three nights, great food and atmosphere, we visited in september and it was pretty busy

September 2018


Absolutely fantastic course and club. Warm welcome from everyone, the most amazing views and the best selection of ladies clothing i have ever seen in a UK pro shop.

September 2018


Supercool place but the photo here is way out of date and the extension and opening up of the top floor has encroached somewhat into the street which was pretty narrow to begin with. I'm a fan of the food and the beer which are both excellent: I'm not a fan of the non booking policy or of the very long waits for tables and food during busy periods. Like most of the South Hams its probably best visited out of high season.

September 2018


What a find a must for anyone going to Hope Cove - great food, beer and atmosphere

August 2018


Fantastic atmosphere and lovely take away pizzas

August 2018


We loved this place and had pizza there twice, and they did a gluten free pizza for my coeliac son.

August 2018


Inspirational place. High green ethics so heartening to see. Innovative, fantastic staff, great food. Had 3 takeaway pizzas which were the best pizzas we had ever tasted. Lovely balcony upstairs with stunning views and great artisan ales to try - 3 for £5.

August 2018


Good food, friendly staff. Very busy in evening - better for lunchtime.

July 2018


Great beer and the best pizzas we have ever had. Welcoming and friendly staff and great service.

May 2018


Great location and great food , it was very busy ,great atmosphere the staff were lovely and so helpful trying to ensure you managed to get a table . Also dog friendly which was a bonus when coming off the beach and having a drink on the Sun deck . We will be back .

May 2018


Great place, service, food and beer excellant !!

May 2018


Totally revamped recently and an excellent addition to Hope Cove.

May 2018


Fabulous, tasty food and very friendly helpful service. Good quality fish and seafood. Very cosy and a bit of a tight squeeze with our two dogs but the staff were very helpful and accommodating. We ate here 3 times during our week and would definitely return as long as they don't get too busy following rave reviews!

April 2018


Really good extension, will be stunning in the Summer. Excellent food.

January 2018


Great to see the upstairs is now open. Still retains the same great vibe, and the food and service are lovely. Highly recommended.

January 2018


Smaller than it seems from the outside but the food is excellent and the staff very friendly

November 2017


We ate here twice in a week. The food is fabulous and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Very dog friendly too. Will definitely visit again.

October 2017


Lovely bar/restaurant in the centre of Hope. Nice ambience. Nice beer too! We've been before and were more than happy to make a return visit. We also had excellent pizzas as a takeaway on our last evening. To be recommended.

October 2017


Stayed in Hope Cove for a week and visited this cafe bar towards the end of the holiday. Found it to be excellent: friendly staff, quick service, and high quality food. Great fish and chips! If we had gone earlier in the week we would have visited again for sure. Rather busy, so visit early or booking table might be a good idea.

October 2017


This is the place to eat and drink in Hope Cove! Great atmosphere and the Seafood Platter is not to be missed! Can't wait to return!!

September 2017


Unable to recommend this. Food rather poor . Its on the cheap side but you get what you pay for.

September 2017


Excellent pub. Welcoming staff and superb food and beer selection. Loved this little gem of a place

September 2017


Visited on 17/08/2017 evening - we were told there would be a wait for food however it was much longer than initially mentioned - when our food came it was cold - we complained - the lady manager did apologise - and made us food to take away. Also not paying for the food. Appreciated that this was done - however they really need perhaps to look at capacity of food orders the kitchen can deal with.

August 2017


Had a great Gluten Free meal with great service but get there early its a very popular place

August 2017


We visited a few times and thought it was the best place to eat in the Cove!! Would definitely recommend it!

August 2017


Great to see the upstairs now open and thriving. Shelly, Toby and the team always give us a great welcome, and remember the kids names and (ice cream) preferences too, which is a much appreciated addition to the great food, service, sports n music nights. A must for us!!

August 2017


Great little place, very busy. The food was very nice and the service was excellent.

July 2017


Friendly and efficient place. Good food. Lovely views. Highly recommend

July 2017


Went there for a meal for 4 adults and one child. Food was terrific the kiddies meal was devoured rapidly by the little one. Good price and very welcoming although rather chummy inside

June 2017


We ordered 3 cream teas, for 3 adults and a toddler........ maybe we should have ordered 2 and shared, there was so much. The scones were amazing and the coffee was spot on. Do go inside to order tho as I stood at the hatch for 10mins and was ignored.

June 2017


A great atmosphere , super ,friendly staff and lovely food - vegetarian breakfast was the best !

May 2017


Amazing place - food, drink, staff, atmosphere all excellent. Specials board for food and drinks especially recommended.

April 2017


Just had an amazing week in Hope Cove with incredible weather and ate here on two occasions. Both equally enjoyable. Cosy atmosphere, log fire, friendly staff , great food and dogs welcome! Loved it!! Thank you

February 2017


Love this place. Great music, open fire, really good food. Always a good vibe in there, friendly staff and good service. Lovely range of drinks too! Such a good addition to the village.

January 2017


The Cottage Hotel & Restaurant
(Less than a mile)

A hotel restaurant with unbroken sea views specialising in locally caught fish and seafood as well as popular three course Sunday lunches. 

The Cottage Hotel & Restaurant Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HJ

 

 

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Beautiful lunch sat on the terrace overlooking the bay. Best cheese salad ever!! Magical

July 2018


We visited for a cream tea - which was excellent! The staff are welcoming and even our dog was welcome.

September 2017


A step back in time to quintessential Devon! Lovely views and food was good too!

August 2017


The Beach House
(Less than a mile)

Fantastic beach café by day transforming into a romantic beach shack style seafood restaurant by night, and well worth a visit.  Booking is essential for the evenings when delicious seafood dishes are produced from a tiny kitchen.  A more limited menu as well as ice creams, coffees and snacks are available during the day. 

The Beach House South Milton, Kingsbridge TQ7 3JY (T: 01548 561144)

 

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If you're looking for a truly stunning location to have dinner then this is a must visit as it sits right on the beach with some amazing views when the weather is right. Food is pretty good, wine list short and not particularly inspiring. Prices a bit too high. Unfortunately the staff here all think they're 'it' and are way to busy sweeping their pony tails to one side to get the service right. The take away service is particularly poor with 30 - 45 minute waits and a £10 bill for 2 coffees and a brownie! On the night we ate their we were also asked to share a table despite booking nearly 5 months in advance. When you're spending £100+ on a romantic meal it's not quite what you expect.

September 2018


Excellent food and service had a great lunch

August 2018


Very friendly and lovely food, you do need to book a table

July 2018


With such a location and good food and friendly staff a reason to visit Devon all on it's own,

June 2018


What a delightful surprising find ! Food and wine selection amazing for a beach side bar , staff friendly and will recommend but ideally would like to keep this place a secret !!

June 2018


Awesome food, but pricey. But well worth a visit to try the mussels, Bang Bang Prawns and the Bakewell pudding!

June 2018


Lovely place for some beautiful food. Seating inside has to be booked in advance as only 5 tables and on busy days prepare to have a wait but it just adds to the charm!

June 2018


Great location and quality food. A little pricey though but always busy. Book well in advance if you want to eat inside on an evening. The fish finger sandwich is the best ever!!

June 2018


Ok but service is s...l...o...w...

December 2017


Not cheap but more than worth it for the location and standard of food!

November 2017


Fantastic food and atmosphere...been here on numerous occasions and never disappoints...cannot wait to return.

October 2017


Stopped for a coffee whilst walking the coastal path. Great location and good quality coffee.

October 2017


Great location with fab views. However, we aren't sure what all the fuss is about. The coffee isn't the best and our food was average in comparison to other places locally.

September 2017


We visited The Beach House on our last evening of the holiday. The only complaint is we didn't visit sooner! What wonderful welcoming staff and superb food. A cosy place right by the sea, cooking the most delicious food. I had the scallops for main and were the best I've eaten and perfectly cooked. Love this place.

September 2017


Gorgeous beach cafe. Lovely cakes and hot drinks! Fabulous views and location

August 2017


Excellent food but very popular so leave plenty of time.

August 2017


Great place to eat on a sunny day food is of high quality and the atmosphere is fab

July 2017


Excellent fish food/snacks served by happy helpful people and just next to a great beach. It can get very very busy.

July 2017


Rather expensive during the day but captive audience as no other option in the area

July 2017


Wonderful location and great food, but the prices are expensive as you're paying for its premium site. Also very small inside area so you need to book if you want to sit undercover.

May 2017


Very good but pricey and not the best service. No kids menu at breakfast, they expect children to have a £9 fry up which isn't great for our 6 and 8-year-old. We also asked for poached eggs rather than fried and they didn't do this.

May 2017


fantastic Supper and sunset view - what a wonderful find - will re-visit

April 2017


This is my favourite place to eat fish in England. Simple, delicious, friendly, atmospheric. A must.

March 2017


Amazing food and great service.

December 2016


All aboout the location. Lovekly fresh seafood :D

December 2016


Great place. Have visited in winter and summer and think I might even prefer it on a blustery winters day. The food is great and good right next to you, which does make it a little bit smelly but it's all part of the experience. The building is really unique and has an amazing location right by the beach. Summer gets a bit crazy and we found ourselves queuing a lot for the takeout food which was a bit over priced.

December 2016


Ocean Restaurant
(2 miles)

This smart yet relaxed restaurant and bar has 40 covers inside, a small bar area and additional seating outside on the sunny terrace.  It faces south and is glass fronted optimising the amazing views across Bolbery Down towards the sea.  All food is locally sourced and cooked and presented to the highest of standards. 

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We had Sunday lunch here on our wedding anniversary. My husband had roast beef, which was excellent and I had sea bass, also excellent. The service was very good and the surroundings are great. If the weather is good you can eat outside on the terrace. We would definitely go back as the choices are varied and interesting. They are happy to accept well behaved dogs and provide towels to wipe down any wet and muddy ones!

September 2018


Hope Cove

Hope Cove
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Hope Cove is the perfect name for this inspiringly beautiful little corner of the South Hams. Divided into two areas, Inner Hope and Outer Hope, both linked by a footpath and road, and each with their own respective beaches, Outer Hope is also home to the Hope and Anchor Pub and a collection of shops and cafes, while Inner Hope is a quieter more residential area. At Outer Hope you will find Mouthwell Sands, a sandy cove scattered with pebbles and backed by rocky cliffs with a slipway and steps from the road down to the beach. It’s a popular spot with surfers, despite being a fairly small beach, and watching the sunset from here is a beautiful way to spend the evening. There is a car park by the beach where charges apply so make sure you have cash on you as you arrive, and dogs are permitted out of season with restrictions applying from 1st May until 30th September. Meanwhile, Harbour Beach is a short stroll away and bridges the two villages of Inner and Outer Hope. It is a wide sandy beach that’s perfect for rock pooling and sand castle building, and there is a harbour wall that makes for spectacular crashing waves in the winter as well as a tempting spot from which to jump into the water in the summer at high tide. Just make sure you don’t jump in when the water is low as it’s too shallow. Harbour Beach is also an ideal spot from which to paddle board or kayak across the bay, with the really intrepid amongst us pottering all the way along the coast to Thurlestone and Burgh Island. Finally, at Inner Hope itself there is a small sandy beach that’s accessible down a slipway. This is home to the old lifeboat station and is a quiet spot that marks a juncture along the coast path from Bolberry. Speaking of which, you can walk either way along the coast from Hope Cove, either towards South Milton Sands, Thurlestone and Bantham, or towards Salcombe. If you are making a day of it then why not start at the Winking Prawn at North Sands and stop at Hope Cove for lunch?

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We can highly recommend the Cottage Hotel and the Lobster Pod. We had 2 amazing meals, really efficient, friendly service and reasonable pricing.

September 2018


Feel this once must visit cove has gone backwards. The "pods" on the slopes of the Cottage Hotel seem completely out of character.

September 2018


This is our favourite find in the South Hams. It’s beautiful. There is everything you need nearby; lovely pubs and afternoon tea, friendly locals and beautiful beaches.

August 2018


Beautiful place with a lovely beach and several places to eat. We would definitely go back.

August 2018


Been going for years even if busy still a lovely holiday feeling. Great to see no rubbish on the beach and facilities for people to pick up rubbish. Fascinating for children - fish, rock pools, jelly fish etc. endless fun. Crowded when the tide comes in though.

August 2018


Great Cove. Fab location. Unfortunately the one cove had a lot of seaweed washed in due to the windy and stormy weather over our first weekend, but that can't be helped. But it meant we only went to the beach there once.

August 2018


Lovely place to walk to, great places to eat

July 2018


Great beach’s and place with good views

July 2018


Great food and great location

July 2018


Inner Hope is the best part and the village is very nice with many thatched cottages. The Sun Bay Hotel is very good and does excellent cream teas on its balcony overlooking the sea.

July 2018


Visited 16/06/18 for a week with Toad Hall Cottages. Lovely quiet location with a fabulous beach nice shops, a good pub and some good restaurants

June 2018


Very busy during the bank holiday week but superb beaches which we very much enjoyed.

June 2018


Wonderful cove, my grandchildren absolutely loved playing on the beach - beautiful.

June 2018


Fascinating

May 2018


Great place if the weather good.

May 2018


Amazing!

January 2018


Love it. And it's a great base for this part of Devon. Excellent coastal/cliff walking.

October 2017


Well worth the walk along the coastal path,stunning views and 2 nice pubs for lunch

August 2017


Lovely location, beautiful beaches and some great places to eat!

August 2017


A really nice walk over the hill tops from Thurlestone, Hope Cove is pretty but a bit busier than other places we visited. Lovely views.

July 2017


Fantastic place

July 2017


Breathtaking views, very quiet village, very peaceful.

June 2017


A beautiful coastal village with two sandy beaches. The village centre has some pretty thatched cottages and there is a good choice of places to eat most with sea views. We ate most nights at the Hope and Anchor and they are dog friendly. We enjoyed walking along the coastal paths with fine views from both sides of the village. Hope Cove is a good base to explore South Devon with Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Totnes within easy reach.

May 2017


Friendly , beautiful - everything you could want in a holiday spot - didn't matter what the weather was like ,plenty to do and see .

May 2017


Lovely and well worth a visit.

May 2017


A really pretty place with all you need fir a relaxing holiday, beautiful views and lovely coast walks

April 2017


Beautiful coves and pretty cottages

April 2017


Absolutely love this place! Perfect for families, safe swimming and and lots of rock pools to explore. Our kids were down there every day. Can't wait to come back next year. Mrs Sutton

December 2016


South Milton Sands

South Milton Sands
(Less than a mile)

A long stretch of sand broken only by the South Milton Ley freshwater reed bed, South Milton Sands is a dramatic beach that’s exposed to the elements, making it something of a chameleon throughout the year. Rugged in its beauty, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set at this beach behind an iconic rock archway in the water; it really is spectacular, particularly if you do so over dinner in the summer months from The Beach Café, a small but perfectly formed restaurant and café that’s perched just above the sand. If you want a table inside then you really do have to book this one, but if the weather is fine then eating outside is a joy. The beach is sandy and popular on windy days with kite surfers and windsurfers, but in calmer weather is perfect for a summer swim. Dogs are welcome at South Milton throughout the year, there’s a National Trust car park by the beach which costs from £5 for the day, £3 after 4pm or is free for National Trust members. There are also toilets nearby. It’s also worth knowing that in the summer months lifeguards are in situ from 6th July until 8th September, keeping everyone safe in the sun, sea and sand. When the weather is less conducive to sitting and admiring the view, South Milton is perfectly placed for a stroll along the coast path either towards Hope Cove and around towards Salcombe if you fancy making a day of it, or in the opposite direction you can walk towards Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. It’s a wonderful place to explore and watch Devon’s wildlife in all its glory.

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Excellent beach, well maintained and dogs allowed all year round. Great range of activities to enjoy from swimming, snorkelling, SUP, kite surfing, kayaking and scrambling when the tide is out. Loved it and will return

June 2018


Amazin beach - especially when the tide goes out and all the rock pools come out to play!!! Shame about the coarse 'sand', but that can't be helped; just get some shingle shoes. If you want sand go to North Sands or Bantham!

August 2017


A glorious beach! Dog friendly, sandy, rock pools at the far end. Parking handy, spectacular views - the stone arch beats Durdle Door in my mind..... Delightful. Loved it.

July 2017


Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views

June 2017


Beautiful.

May 2017


Fantastic sandy beach for everything, rock pools, building sandcastles body boarding.

April 2017


Leas Foot Sands

Leas Foot Sands
(2 miles)

A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.

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This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England

July 2017


A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!

July 2017


Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove
(3 miles)

Nestled between the cliffs in the undulating Devon landscape, Soar Mill Cove is something of a hidden gem, only really accessible on foot. The easiest way reach it by walking down from the Soar Mill Cove Hotel, where there is a car park, or if you’re making a day of your jaunt, why not stroll along the South West Coast Path from Bolberry or even from Salcombe? The beach is a mix of sand and stone and has seen a fair amount of weathering in storms in recent years, which has merely added to its character and charm. There are no facilities in the immediate vicinity unless you wander up to the hotel. Dogs are welcome throughout the year at Soar Mill Cove, and it’s definitely worth the effort to visit!

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Recent storms have left piles of seaweed and rocks across the beach. The rocks made it impossible to swim and board in with my family.

August 2018


This has been a hidden gem for many years with our children enjoying wonderful swimming and body boarding. I cant explain how disappointed I was to arrive in August 18 to find piles of seaweed but more importantly the damage caused by this years storms. There are rocks all over the beach where you would normally surf or swim. This has ruined a wonderful beach for the time being and will not be returning anytime soon.

August 2018


Lovely secluded cove.

September 2017


Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury on Sea
(4 miles)

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited that Bigbury on Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for sand castles and rock pooling as well as tucking into lengthy summer picnics, it is an unusual beach to visit because the tide comes in from both sides. As a result, it is an endless source of fascination for children, not least for its sea tractor which provides transport from one end of the beach to the other in order to reach Burgh Island. Burgh Island is connected to mainland England by the beach alone, it’s home to the famous art deco Burgh Island Hotel which has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward since its incarnation in 1929, and has even made an appearance in the TV adaptation of Christie’s Poirot. On a practical note there is on-site parking available close to the beach with daily charges from £3.50. Toilets and shower facilities with disabled access are also nearby, and lifeguards are present from May to September. The Venus café offers teas, coffees and other refreshments including the ice creams that are of such fundamental importance for a day at the beach. Meanwhile, dog lovers will be pleased to know that four legged friends are welcome at Bigbury on Sea, but restrictions apply from 1st May until 30th September. Ultimately, Bigbury on Sea is a supremely beautiful location and fun family day out with abundant wildlife to enjoy and coastal footpaths to explore as well, making it a wonderful destination to visit on holiday in Devon, no matter what time of the year it is.

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Fab, sand spit beach, covered at high tide, access to Burgh island. An absolute must.

July 2018


Gorgeous beach - very large and areas suitable for dogs. Check tides before you go. Walk over to Burgh island is great. Good toilets and shop - very clean.

July 2018


Wonderful beach and great view of Burgh Island and the marvellous hotel.

July 2018


Perfect

June 2018


Spent a happy afternoon watching the sea.

May 2018


Perfect location. Excellent to walk across the tombolo and explore the island. Very safe for dogs. We visited on a very sunny day in April and were lucky to get a free parking spot right by the slipway. Views from the top are wonderful. Watching the waves meet from both directions is fascinating.

April 2018


Great beach for walking the dog - only part of the beach is restricted. Not overcrowded as we visited out of season and some lovely views in all directions.

September 2017


Lovely place. Child friendly with fantastic views. Only downside is the dogs that are allowed on. It can get very busy in high season and the dogs can be a pain if running loose especially if you have got little ones. We have got a dog so it's not because we aren't dog lovers!

July 2017


Rather run down and disappointing that visitors are made to feel rather unwanted with only a small section of the pub open to non-residents and the hotel off limits completely to non-residents. View from the top lovely, but I wouldn't drive miles and miles to visit. What attracted me was the parting of the sea and that was a lovely view

June 2017


Fantastic unique place with sea both sides of the beach when the tide is out and Burgh Island to walk to with a lovely old pub but inefficient service.

April 2017

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