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The top 5 beaches in Devon

Date: 13th March 2015
Author: fionabousfield
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Beach Cove Coastal Retreat

Devon is home to some of Britain’s best beaches stretching from the Northern coast which parallels the Atlantic Ocean to the Southern towns of Exmouth and Torquay overlooking the English Channel.

In this post I will be taking a look at the best beaches in Devon with the aim of providing you with the top 5 beaches to visit next time you’re in this wonderful part of the United Kingdom. So without any further delay here are our top 5 beaches in Devon…

1. Woolacombe Sands (Ilfracombe)

One of Devon’s most loved beaches, and voted the best beach in Britain, offers three miles of wide sandy beaches and countless sand dunes along with numerous rock pools filled with marine life. Toilets with disabled access, restaurants, pubs, cafes and parking are all within close vicinity.

2. Saunton Sands (Braunton)

Photo Credit: Ross Elliott

A three and a half mile epic stretch of golden sand. Saunton also offers some of the best surf in the country. Kite surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding are also prominent activities available at the beach. Facilities include a café, surf hire and lessons, a beach shop and great parking facilities.

3. Tunnels Beach (Ilfracombe)

Hand carved in the 1820s, the four tunnels provide a unique experience. The local communities developed the tunnels by hand and transformed the sleepy town into a tourist destination. It is an ideal location for children, rated the 3rd best beach in the UK for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine. Their indoor and outdoor facilities cater for most age groups with amusements comprising of ball pools, scramble nets and slides for year round fun! Both Woolacombe Sands and Tunnels Beach lie within a few miles of Beach Cove and can be accessed along the coastal path leading from Beach Cove to Tunnels Beach.

4. Croyde Bay (Croyde)

Photo Credit: Richard Leeming

One of Devon’s most famous surf destinations with a lively beach-volleyball spot. Located next to the pretty village of Croyde, the beach attracts youngsters in their thousands every summer, ranging from amateur surfers to the pros. Facilities include toilets, lifeguards, a first aid room, water sports equipment hire, car parks and catering.

5. Westward Ho (Westward Ho!)

This sandy beach backs onto a pebble ridge, with excellent swimming in Blue Flagged waters. With seaside shops, toilets and food outlets, Westward Ho! falls into the family beach category. With a great mix of rock pools, open beach and water lending itself to swimming and surfers, Westward Ho! offers itself as a fun filled day for everyone.

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