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7 Beaches You Must Visit in South Devon 

South Devon is home to a variety of stunning beaches, each offering its own unique experience. From family-friendly spots with golden sands and rock pools to secluded coves perfect for a tranquil escape, there’s a beach for everyone.

We've compiled a list of seven beaches you must visit in South Devon, each either within walking distance or a short drive from Orestone Manor, and each providing something special for a memorable day by the sea.

maidencombe cove

Maidencombe Cove

20 min walk (0.5 mi) via coastal path

For a peaceful natural haven, Maidencombe Cove is the perfect seaside retreat. Far from amusement arcades and water parks, this beach is all about relaxation.

Park in the small pay-and-display area and follow the narrow, steep path down to the beach. The effort is rewarded with spectacular scenery, featuring a sandy beach framed by red stone cliffs. The excellent water quality makes it perfect for a refreshing swim.

Watcombe Cove

25 min walk (0.8 miles) via coastal path

Just a short walk from Orestone Manor, Watcombe Cove is an idyllic sandy beach surrounded by cliffs and wooded hillsides. A steep path through mature woodland leads you to a small, scenic cove. The picturesque trail opens up to a stunning beach, perfect for those who enjoy a leisurely stroll with the sand beneath their feet. Unbeatable views and a must-visit during your stay in South Devon.

beach huts at teignmouth beach

Teignmouth Town Beach

14 min drive (5.2 miles) via A379

For a fantastic family day at the beach, head to Teignmouth Town Beach. This long stretch along the coast offers plenty of space, even during the summer months; from the mouth of the River Teign along red cliffs toward Dawlish, overlooked by a Victorian pier.

Nearby attractions include a playpark, crazy golf, skate park, green space, and ice cream huts. Teignmouth provides a nostalgic seaside experience, ideal for both kids and adults.

Anstey Cove Beach

8 min drive (3.0 miles) via Teignmouth Rd/A379 and A379

Just a short drive from Orestone Manor, Anstey Cove Beach is a serene, small shingle beach nestled between high cliffs and wooded hillsides. This peaceful spot is perfect for escaping the crowds.

The cove is ideal for coastal path walks to Hope's Nose, offering impressive views and a wildlife reserve. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, plants, butterflies, and birds. Anstey Cove is also a great location for coasteering, a thrilling adventure activity around the rocky coastline.

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Preston Sands

16 min drive (5.4 miles) via Torbay Rd

Preston Sands, a short walk from Paignton, is a fantastic family beach. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, or building sandcastles on this safe, clean beach. At low tide, explore rock pools teeming with sea slugs, shrimps, and periwinkles.

The beach's promenade is lined with colourful beach huts, an iconic image of the English Riviera, which you can hire for the day and relax.

Torre Abbey Sands

16 min drive (4.7 miles) via A379

Another short drive from Orestone Manor, Torre Abbey Sands is part of the English Riviera. Known for its stunning sands, views, and sunshine, it’s hugely popular with holidaymakers, day visitors, and locals, and a favourite spot for families. Nearby, Torre Abbey Meadows offers a grassy expanse perfect for picnics and games, making it an ideal destination for young families.

torre abbey sands torquay

Paignton Sands

18 min drive (5.8 miles) via Torbay Rd

Paignton Sands offers the ultimate family day out with its sandy beach and safe swimming. Enjoy various activities like hiring a pedalo, taking a fishing trip from the harbour, or relaxing in a deckchair.

At the centre of the beach is the famous Paignton Pier, perfect for those who want more than just sunbathing and sandcastles. The pier features kiosks, cafés, and amusement arcades, ensuring fun for kids of all ages.

After a long day at the beach…


After a day of exploring South Devon's beautiful beaches, return to Orestone Manor for a relaxing evening. Enjoy a hearty dinner at our award-winning restaurant or treat yourself to a cocktail on our outdoor terrace as you watch the glorious sunset, before retiring to your comfortable, well-appointed room for a restful night.

orestone manor outdoor terrace

Posted by Craig on June 10th 2024

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