Skip to main content

No.5 Thornlea Mews Holiday Cottage, Hope Cove, Devon

Inside Our Holiday Home
Availability Calendar
Around the area
Beaches in the South Hams
Days Out!
The South West Footpath
Cream Teas
Contact Us
Site Map
Hope Cove beaches and other nearby beaches
Hope Cove
The sandy bays of Hope Cove are a perfect place to relax and unwind. The rocky headlands offer numerous rock pools and clear waters. Popular with divers, as there are several shipwrecks to explore in the area. An ideal location for sailing and other water sports, with a slipway at Inner Hope beach.
The beach facilities include toilets and refreshments in the village and there is also a post office shop, tearooms and pub. A large car park is located very close to the beach.
Miles and miles of delightful and varied scenery can be found along this rugged Heritage Coastline. Dolphins and seals can occasionally be seen swimming and diving in the cove. There is plenty of sand and rock pools for the family to enjoy. Dogs on a leash, allowed on main beach.

Bantham Beach
This long, sandy beach is very popular with families and surfers. Backed by impressive dunes there are plenty of rock pools to explore.

Safe bathing. Lifeguard in Summer. Dogs not permitted May to September on the main part of the beach. Around the corner to the estuary side, dogs are allowed all year round. Car park. Nearest toilets and café are about half a mile away in the village.


Beesands has a mile long stretch of fine shingle beach, located in a very quiet rural area. Good for Sailing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Surfing and Bodyboarding. Backed by grassland and Widdcombe Ley freshwater. Free car park, toilets, cafe and shop. Good access to the beach. Dogs allowed.
Large sandy and safe beach in a secluded position. Ideal for families. It is possible to walk across to the historic Burgh Island at low tide or to ride there on the unique sea tractor.
Take a ferry across to Bantham too.
Lifeguards in summer and a safe bathing area. No Dogs between May and September. Separate area for moored bathing rafts. Large Car park. Disabled access to beach. Slipway. Toilets, showers, beach café and beach shop.
One of South Devon Coast's best locations for spectacular coastal walks, windsurfing and canoeing, with a golf course nearby.

Blackpool Sands
Blackpool Sands is a sand and shingle cove in an idyllic sheltered bay. The unspoilt beach is around two-thirds of a mile long with steep wooded cliffs to either side. The clean water and safe bathing have earned Blackpool Sands a Blue Flag award.
No dogs between March and November 1st.

Popular with families. Plenty of facilities including café/restaurant, toilets, disabled access to the beach, and a slipway.
Lifeguards in summer and the award winning Veuns Beach cafe offers delicious, local organic food

Watersports centre offering windsurfing tuition for all ages and hire of surf canoes, boogie boards, kayaks, wetsuits and snorkelling equipment.

A sheltered sandy beach with cliffs on either side, this beach is popular with surfers. The bay is also very popular with divers as there are numerous wrecks around this part of the coast.
No dogs between May and September. Parking nearby and a café. Toilets and refreshments.

This sheltered horse-shoe cove has fine sand, perfect for sandcastles! Rock pools at low tide.
Ideal for watersports such as canoeing and windsurfing. Lifeguards present. No dogs between May and September.Good disabled access.

East Portlemouth
This is a very picturesque and popular sandy beach faces Salcombe from across the estuary. In fact this side of the Salcombe Estuary is lined by several beaches, and at low tide one can walk the entire length. These beaches include Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove and the main Mill Bay Beach

Safe bathing, perfect for sailing, padddling, sandcastles and swimming. A ferry runs to Salcombe from the Fishermans Cove step
Dogs welcome all year. Parking, shop, café and toilets. Afresco dining at the award winning Venus Cafe, serving organic and local food. Lunches, refreshments and ice creams are available along with Children's Dolphin Box Meals.


Hallsands is the place with a story! For decades this fishing village had been at the mercy of the forces of nature until, on a stormy night in January 1917, the village collapsed into the sea. Today only a few ruins overlook the beach. Shingle beach in a sheltered cove is popular with nudists.
Divers explore many wrecks in this area. South and North Hallsands are separated by a mile or so of coastline which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
There is disabled access and a beach shop and café. Free parking.

Mill Bay

Privately owned sheltered, sandy beach, set in a cove across the estuary from Salcombe. Can be accessed by Ferry. Huge sheltered beach in beautiful surroundings, fine golden sand, many rock pools and a stream running through.

No lifeguards but excellent, safe bathing. Small car park. Toilets. Shop and cafe. No Dogs allowed all year round.



Salcombe has beaches in the areas of North Sands and South Sands.

South Sands is a fine sandy beach. Sailing, canoeing and Windsurfing are popular here. Can be accessed by passenger Ferry from Salcombe.
Parking and disabled access. Shop. Toilets. Café. Restaurant. Slipway. No Dogs allowed between May and September.


North Sands is nestled between town headlands. Popular with families, the sandy beach is totally submerged at high tide. Dogs welcome all year.


Toilets. Shop. Cafe and Parking.

Slapton Sands

A 3 mile strip of shingle beach with tiny red pebbles. Forms a bank across the bay, making the largest in the south-west, freshwater lake. Created by glacial action during the last Ice Age. Also well known as the beach where many lost their lives during rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944.

At the northern end of the beach (Pilchards Cove) is popular with naturists.


Windsurfing, sailing and canoeing are popular here.

Toilets. Lifeguards in the summer. Tea shop. Pub at the village of Torcross. Dogs are allowed all year

Soar Mill Cove
A tiny remote sandy inlet set below Bolt Head. Can be accessed through the National Trust Land of Bolberry Down. Dogs allowed.

A National Trust beach and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Thurlestone Rock is a wide sandy beach backed by a nature reserve where rare birds have been spotted. Surfing, windsurfing, Body Boarding and canoeing are popular here and during the summer months, a range of sports equipment can be hired.

There are 2 main beaches at Thurlestone. The smallest, Thurlestone Sands, is near to the local golf club, whilst the larger is further along the coast near South Milton. Both have rock pools, fine shingle and sand coverings and are in sheltered locations.

Car parks. Dogs are allowed. Toilets. Cafe. Shop. Surfboard hire.
Some of the best rock pools in the UK! Small sandy beach is surrounded by low cliffs, set in a Marine Conservation area. There are interesting offshore reefs that are popular with divers. Popular with families. No dogs between May and September.
Beach shop. Café. Restaurant. Parking.