3 Must-Visit Beaches in Devon, UK

Boats on the beach in Dawlish, Devon, England, UK
Devon, UK. Photo by Anthony on Unsplash

As an island nation, the UK boasts some incredible beaches, and those living in the southwest of the country would claim that the very best of the coastline is to be found in the counties of Devon and Cornwall. From rugged coves to vast sandy stretches, Devon offers some stunning beaches that can be enjoyed year-round. The North coast is favored for surfing, while the South coast offers plenty of swimming spots, not to mention some of the finest sections of the South West Coast Path. If you’re vacationing in the county of Devon, check out these three beaches which can’t be missed!

Woolacombe Bay, North Devon, England

Around half an hour’s drive from the town of Barnstaple is the stunning Woolacombe Bay. Famed for its excellent surfing conditions, in the high summer season you will find this beach packed with surfers, swimmers, paddlers, and sunbathers alike. In the winter season, a walk along the beach is sure to be bracing but worth it. There are several car parks in the town of Woolacombe, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants so you can refuel after your sea dip.

Dawlish Warren, South Devon, England

This beach combines beautiful sand dunes with gentle surf and a nearby wildlife sanctuary, for a great day out for the whole family. You can drive or take the train to Dawlish from Devon’s capital, Exeter. You will find plenty of sandy beaches, dunes to explore, and the estuary bird sanctuary tucked behind the dunes. As in Woolacombe, there are cafes and restaurants in Dawlish which will serve up a Devon cream tea (scones with cream and jam), or that British classic, fish and chips.

Ayrmer Cove, South Devon, England

This beach is a little off the beaten track, and you will need to walk a small section of the South West Coast Path to reach it. The payoff, however, is that even in the high summer season this beach is emptier than many stretches of sand nearby. Do be aware that if you’re planning on swimming, there is no lifeguard nearby, so follow sensible precautions and don’t get in the water unless you feel confident in your swimming ability and knowledge. If you’re not swimming, there are still plenty of beach activities to do, including some rock pooling and sand castle building.