South Devon’s Secret Coves, Bays and Beaches

The West Country is blessed with gorgeous coastline and wild, rambling open spaces, which draws many visitors over the holiday season. Despite this, it is still feasible to find a “picture postcard” rocky cove all to yourself! Here are some enchanting hidden gems that you might not find without a bit of ‘inside information’.  

Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove is a beautiful sandy beach found just below the village of Ringmore in South Devon. The stunning slate cliffs that surround the cove keep it quiet and sheltered. It is the perfect beach for swimming and during low tide there are plenty of rock pools for children to explore. As well as being a great spot for rock pooling, it is also one of the best snorkelling beaches in the area.

Start Point Lighthouse

Walk along the breathtaking South Devon Coast Path to this iconic landmark Start Point Lighthouse and make the most of the incredible coastline it stands over. There is parking available near the lighthouse for those who aren’t keen walkers. This is also a beautiful place to watch the sun go down!

Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove is one of the most peaceful beaches in the area and is only accessible by foot so is a firm favourite with walkers. The sandy shore provides the ideal canvas for budding sandcastle builders and the sheltered waters are fantastic for a quick dip in the sea. This beach is especially recommended for dog owners as Soar Mill Cove is dog friendly all year round and with no roads nearby, you can let your four legged friend have a good run off the lead.

Elberry Bay

This is a real hidden gem at Churston outside Brixham.  It can only be reached on foot but it’s only a short stroll across beautiful Elberry Common from Broadsands Beach carpark.  The scenery at Elberry Bay is stunning; a romantic pebbled beach which is framed by wooded hillsides and the sea is crystal clear and safe to swim in. There’s often a friendly local seal swimming offshore. Elberry Bay was one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots, with her holiday home at Greenway is not far away. You can walk along the coastpath, mainly in woodland to the highly picturesque Brixham.