Freddy’s Favourite 5: Hidden Beaches of Devon
After news broke that Woolacombe won ‘Best Beach in the UK’ in this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, the theme for this week’s ‘Freddy’s Favourite 5’ was made all the more simple!
Although the spotlight often falls on Woolacombe, Croyde and Bantham, there are a number of hidden beaches and secluded coves around our Devon holiday parks that deserve just as much attention – but not so much that they become super busy!
I’ve put together a list of my favourite 5 below...
Soar Mill Cove, South Devon
I’m kicking off my 5 with a spot not far from South Bay Holiday Park, on the beautiful stretch of coastline in South Devon, Soar Mill Cove.
The small sandy inlet is dwarfed by the green clifftops above and framed by the tombstone-like rocks below.
Access to the dog friendly beach can be gained in a few ways. For the more adventurous, a 4.5km walk along the South West Coast Path or a canoe ride into the cove from Salcombe. For visitors with lots of beach equipment, an easier 10 minute walk starts from the car park just before the Soar Mill Cove Hotel.
Broadsands, North Devon
Those that take their holidays in Devon might have already discovered the hidden gem that is Broadsands, but if you haven’t, a little insight into this amazing beach...
Secluded beneath wooden cliffs, wedged between Watermouth and Combe Martin Beach Holiday Park, you’ll find Broadsands’ double cove.
With many caves to explore and largely sheltered swimming, it’s a great choice for a family beach trip. Often quiet, the biggest decision you’ll have is choosing between the two shingle beaches, while the kids are more likely to be off scaling the island lookout in search for pirates.
Access the beach via a long narrow stairway near the Sandy Cove Hotel.
Woody Bay, Exmoor
Nestled in an unspoilt corner of Devon, on Exmoor’s coastline, lies Woody Bay.
The bay can be found three miles west of Lynton, below densely wooded hills and steep cliffs. A zig-zag path takes you past a limekiln and waterfall, before leading you on to the boulder-strewn shingle beach.
Look past the waterfall and you’ll find a large rock pool, perfect for a dip in the sunshine.
A small car park sits at the top of the footpath – which provides access to the beach for all visitors.
Moor Sands, South Devon
Back to South Devon and Prawle Point – the most southerly point in the county and home to Moor Sands.
Arguably the best of a trio of white coves in the area, Moor Sands is unique in that its sand is made from pearl-white beads and the water is incredibly clear.
Small offshore rock islands can be swam to, with rock pools elsewhere waiting to be explored.
Get access to the beach from the coast path only. Park at Prawle and follow the path for 1½ miles, before using the rope to help you down onto the sand.
Lee Bay, North Devon
Last, but by no means least, is Lee Bay, a jewel in the North Devon coast’s crown.
Located between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, just 2 miles from our caravan parks in Devon, the bay lies amongst an area of outstanding natural beauty.
At high tide the sea laps against the sea wall, a must see if you’re in the area this year. But at low tide Lee Bay becomes a playground for families, with rock pools waiting to be explored and ball games in full flow.