Beaches

An abbreviated description of the beaches we have visited so far in our journey around the UK. They are catalogued in a clockwise direction from the most southerly point in the UK, the Lizard, by county. Please note some photos were taken during the winter months and probably do not do the beaches justice.

Cornwall from Lizard Point to Duckpool

  1. Polpeor, The Lizard – a small gravelly beach, subject to freak waves and strong currents. Parking up above, cafe and toilets. Dog friendly.
  2. Pentreath, The Lizard – a long mostly sandy beach, very quiet as difficult to access, small car park up above. Dog friendly.
  3. Kynance Cove, The Lizard – a lovely sandy cove only accessible for a few hours either side of low tide, very popular and busy, steep (more gentle access on foot using cafe service road). Large NT car park up above. Toilets and cafe on beach. Seasonal dog ban. Highly Recommended.
  4. Polurrian Cove, Mullion – a lovely sandy beach. No facilities. Seasonal dog ban. Recommend.
  5. Poldhu, Mullion – a lovely sandy beach, very popular. Car park, cafe and toilets. Seasonal dog ban. Recommended.
  6. Church Cove, Gunwalloe – sandy sheltered beach, very popular. NT car park, toilets and cafe. Seasonal dog ban. Recommended.
  7. Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe – more for playing in the rock pools but some sandy patches – next to Church Cove so same facilities. Dog friendly.
  8. Porth Joke, Cubert – lovely sandy, deep cove, small NT car park but no other facilities. Dog friendly. Highly recommended.
  9. Watergate Bay, Newquay – a lovely long sandy beach, though mostly disappears at high tide. Car park, toilets, cafes and shops. Seasonal dog ban. Highly recommended.
  10. Mawgan Porth – nice sandy cove, very busy. Car park, toilet, cafes and shops.
  11. The Strangles – a lovely sandy cove at low tide, difficult access ending in a rope!  No facilities close by.  Dog friendly.
  12. Crackington Haven- a mostly stony cove with some sand. Car park, toilets, cafes and shops.
  13. Bude – a lovely long sandy beach. Town facilities close by. Seasonal dog ban on parts of beach. Highly recommended.
  14. Northcott Beach – round the corner and st low tide part of the lovely sandy beach at Bude. No facilities.
  15. Sandymouth- a lovely sandy long strip of beach at low tide, backed by rocky outcrop and then strip of pebbly beach (also at high tide) nearest the cliffs, with a couple of waterfalls off the cliffs. NT car park, cafe (seasonal) and toilets. Highly recommended- personal favourite.
  16. Duckpool- mostly rocky and stony beach, some sand at low tide. No facilities but NT car park close by. Dog friendly.

Devon (North) from Mead to Lynmouth

  1. Westward Ho! – long mostly sandy beach at low tide, pebble banks and defences. As well as town facilities, parking and seasonal toilets at far (quieter) end of beach. Seasonal dog ban on parts of beach. Recommended.
  2. Appledore – mostly tidal river banks of sand and mud – ok for dog walking. Facilities in village.
  3. Instow – sandy and gravelly beach, more of a tidal river bank really, with mud banks too. Facilities in Instow or free parking on outskirts.
  4. Saunton Sands – fabulous 6 mile stretch of sandy beach – away from Staunton mostly deserted. Car parks at beginning, half way (behind Braunton Burrows and at end. No other facilities apart from Staunton. Seasonal dog ban on first parts of beach. Highly recommended – personal favourite.
  5. Croyde Bay – sandy crescent shaped beach backed by sand dunes. NT car park nearby and other P&D, facilities in Croyde. Seasonal dog ban.
  6. Putsborough Sands – far end of Woolacombe Sands – lovely sandy beach. Car park (expensive), toilets and cafe with beach shop. Highly recommended.
  7. Woolacombe Sands – fab long sandy beach, backed by sand dunes. Very popular by Woolacombe and facilities with seasonal dog ban on first part of beach. Middle section of beach much quieter with direct access over dunes from car park and toilets. Highly recommended – middle section personal favourite.
  8. Barricane Beach – beyond north end of Woolacombe- beautiful sandy inlet mostly covered at high tide. Steep steps down, parking and facilities in Woolacombe. Highly recommended – personal favourite.
  9. Ilfracombe – 4 separate smallish beaches spread along the town all more fine greyish gravel than sand but quite pretty all the same. Facilities in town.
  10. Watermouth – part sand and stone inlet, more of a boating inlet than swimming beach. Facilities in holiday park.
  11. Combe Martin- part sand and stone little beach, bit grubby looking, good for sea glass. Facilities in village.
  12. Heddon’s Mouth Beach – small little mostly stony inlet, nice walks to and around but not for visiting just the beach – too tiny. NT car park & toilets. Food and drink at Hunter’s Inn.
  13. Woody Bay – mostly stony cove, down steep incline. No facilities and NT car park way up at the top.
  14. Lee Bay – shingle and pebble beach in small sheltered cove. Seasonal dog ban. Cafe, toilets and small car park. Cute little beach chapel.
  15. Lynmouth – smallish shingle cove at end of town. Dog friendly. Facilities in town nearby.

Somerset

  1. Bossington – long stretch of pebbly beach, quite hard to walk on. Dog friendly. Cafe, toilets and NT car park in village about half a mile away.
  2. Selworthy Sands – not easily accessible and sand only at low tide. No facilities close by. Walk from Selworthy or Bossington.
  3. Minehead- grubby looking sandy, deep crescent, sheltered beach. Facilities in town. Seasonal dog ban.
  4. Dunster beach – long stretch of mostly sandy beach at low tide, with pebble bank. Seasonal dog ban on parts. Facilities on holiday park.
  5. Blue Anchor Bay – long strip of part sand part pebbly beach, continuation of Dunster Beach. Free parking, cafes and toilets. Good for dog walking. Recommended.
  6. Watchet – small stony beach. Facilities in town. Dog friendly.
  7. Helwell Bay – mix of pebbles, sharpish stones, sand and mud – famous for fossils. Facilities in Watchet half a mile away. Dog friendly.
  8. Doniford Bay – just the other end of Helwell Bay, same sand / mud and pebbly beach. Small car park very well hidden in Doniford. Facilities in holiday camp.
  9. Burnham-on-Sea – an extension to Berrow Flats below – sandy beach, long low tide, muddy closer to sea. Nice esplanade along the top. Seasonal dog ban in parts. Facilities of town.
  10. Berrow Flats – 6 mile stretch of sandy beach, watch out for sinking sand and mud at low tide. Dog friendly. Various facilities in Brean and Berrow. Beach recommended (area not).
  11. Weston-super-Mare- long sandy beach, some mud at low tide. Areas for kite karting and other water activities. Seasonal dog ban on part of beach. Facilities of town. Recommended.
  12. Glentworth Bay – small sandy cove at north end of Weston-Super-Mare with large marine lake for swimming. Dogs banned. Facilities of town close by.
  13. Sand Bay – long sandy beach, some pebbles and marshland at north end. Same long tide and mud exposed. Dog friendly. Small free car park and NT right at north end. Couple of cafes and toilets.
  14. Middle Hope – small, remote pebbly cove. NT car park at Sand Point. No facilities. Dog friendly.
  15. Woodspring Bay – mostly muddy and marshy bay. No facilities.
    1. Cornwall (south) from Saltash to Lizard Point

      1. Porthoustock- mostly stony beach, some sand at low water. Cafe, toilets and parking. Dog friendly.
      2. Coverack – a lovely sandy bay at low tide. Parking, toilets, shops and cafes. Dogs on leads all year. Recommended.
      3. Kennack, Kuggar – two lovely greyish sandy beaches, second beach quieter and dog friendly. First beach can be very busy, has parking, cafe and toilets. Recommended.
      4. Cadgwith – two small coves both mostly shingle and rocks. Little beach has seasonal dog ban. The main fishing beach is a working beach and us dog friendly. Toilets, shops and cafes close by, car park short (steepish) walk away.
      5. Housel Bay – a beautiful sandy cove at low tide, access down steep steps and over some large rocks. Seasonal dog ban. Hotel up above but no direct parking or facilities, though Lizard village only a mile away. Highly recommended.