Louis Way, Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4XW
Devon has some of the best beaches in England – everything from great sandy shorelines to secluded coves – and many are located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning they have protected status. Whether you’re a family with small kids, have an energetic dog in tow, or love to try out watersports, with such a varied coastline you’re bound to find the beach for you.
Lyme Regis is a picturesque seaside harbour town that dates back to the fourteenth century. Boasting some breathtaking scenery with its historic harbour, known as The Cobb as its central iconic feature. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and countryside this is an area that’s been awarded World Heritage Site Status.
(Distance from park 19.2 miles)
Charmouth Beach with its mix of pebbles and sand and its clean sea and safe swimming makes this ideal for families. The beach is divided into two by the mouth of the River Char which is often dammed by the beach forming a lagoon suitable for boating or watching the many ducks and swans.
(Distance from park 19.9 miles)
Shaldon Beach has great facilities, plenty of water sports and a host of other attractions that’ll keep everyone entertained through the day. It’s a popular beach during the summer, but if you fancy a quieter time its sheltered position makes it a great destination during the off-peak season too.
(Distance from park 35.8 miles)
Situated in the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis, an officially designated World Heritage Site, this small, sandy beach is sheltered by a curving harbour wall. Water skiing, wind surfing and kayaking are popular activities here, while there’s also a café restaurant. Next door to the beach, Lyme Regis’s main harbour is a bustling hub of activity with plenty of amenities. (Distance from park: 19.2 miles)
Boasting two miles of golden sandy shoreline, Exmouth Beach is backed by a pretty promenade lined with shops, restaurants and pubs. A wide choice of watersports are available here, including jet skiing and wind surfing, while in the summer months visitors can also enjoy donkey rides and swing boats. (Distance from park 23.4 miles)
Overlooking Lyme Bay and surrounded by picturesque countryside, Seaton is home to a large mile-long pebble beach, a beautiful harbour, and a long walled promenade that is ideal for relaxed walks. A variety of watersports are on offer, including windsurfing, while the beach is also dog-friendly. (Distance from park 16.5 miles)
Famous for its large smooth pebbles, an integral feature of the region, Budleigh Salterton beach stretches west for several miles along the Jurassic Coast. It offers safe, clean bathing water and there are beach cafés and kiosks where you can grab a light lunch or snack. The town centre is just a short walk away. (Distance from park 23.2 miles)
Located close to the town of Sidmouth, this picturesque bay is overlooked by striking red cliffs and offers a long sand and pebble beach. The waters are safe for swimming, and there are plenty of great rock pools to investigate, making it ideal for families with kids. If you’re a little more adventurous, why not hire a kayak or rowing boat to do some exploring? There’s also a beach kiosk serving ice creams, hot and cold drinks and light snacks. (Distance from park 22.7 miles)