Slapton Sands is a three-mile stretch of shingle beach is bordered by the sea and a freshwater lake. It’s home to a nature reserve and the largest natural lake in the South West. The coastline here resides in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s ample space for your pooch to let off steam, with a popular cafe on hand for refreshments following a fun-filled day in the sun. The beaches close by are well worth a visit too. Torcross Beach and Beesands Beach are testaments to South Devon’s rich collection of coastal havens.
A true gem, Soar Mill Cove is set below Bolt Head, along the coastal path towards Hope Cove. This secluded sandy beach is perfect for taking a dip in the sea and relaxing in peace to the sound of rolling waves. Those partial to a scenic picnic would be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic spot. Forming part of a small inlet, it’s a picture-postcard location that welcomes glistening turquoise waters to the dramatic backdrop of dark, craggy cliffs. Soar Mill Cove can only be accessed by foot or boat, making it relatively quiet throughout the seasons.
Snape’s Point is a secluded spot that’s blessed with attractive walking trails in every direction. It’s just the place for soaking up panoramic views of the peaceful hills and waters of the Kingsbridge Estuary. This magical inland headland that lies within walking distance of Salcombe. The highlight is a 360-degree vista that takes in the serene sights of sailing boats, sunlit creeks, and rare birdlife.
Devon’s most southerly point is a breathtaking peninsula between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, known for being one of England’s most exposed to the elements. Start Point is home to a lighthouse surrounded by rugged rocks and billowing waves. Take in the view before embarking along the coastal path to Lannacombe Beach. The latter is a fine example of the county’s roster of irresistibly wild and unspoilt sands - a must for avoiding the crowds and cherishing your own slice of seaside heaven. There’s car parking at both Start Point and Lannacombe Beach.