Top 10 Beaches in South West England
Take a look at some of the best Beaches in South West England
Durdle Door (Dorset)
This popular sand and shingle beach near Lulworth in Dorset is characterised by its natural limestone arch, formed over 10,000 years ago by sea erosion. Overlooking the blue waters of the English Channel, it is a popular destination for swimmers, snorkelers, and families looking to relax in the sunshine. As part of the Jurassic Coast there are lots of fossils and interesting geological features to explore.
Perranporth Beach (Cornwall)
Perranporth Beach is a massive sandy beach in Cornwall. It is a popular destination for swimmers, surfers, sailors, and families looking to spread out their towels and unwind. At low tide the golden sands cover an expanse of two miles, backed by sand dunes teeming with wildlife. There is great parking and disabled access, with a beach cafe serving refreshments. There’s no wonder why this is such a popular destination!
St Ives – Carbis Bay (Cornwall)
Carbis Bay is a great safe swimming hotspot, and is ideal for families looking to enjoy its turquoise waters. This beach also boasts bright sands and beautiful surroundings, featuring sub-tropical plants. The bay is privately owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel, who offer restaurant and cafe facilities to the public. This is a lovely place to spend the day relaxing and enjoying the cool sea.
Saunton Sands (Devon)
Saunton Sands consists of an impressive 3.5 mile stretch of golden sands, backed by one of the most extensive dunes systems in the country. It is a popular destination for families who like to have their own space, and is frequented by surfers, especially longboarders. The beach has some interesting trivia associated with it, being used as the stage for popular culture films and music over the years.
Blackpool Sands (Devon)
If you’re looking for the atmosphere of a holiday without having to leave the country, then Blackpool Sands is the place for you. This blue flag award-winning beach on the South Devon coast is one of the most popular destinations in the region. It has great facilities including wetsuit, kayak, and paddle board hire. There is also a beach shop, toilets, car parking and disabled access.
Bossington Beach (Somerset)
Situated on the Exmoor Coast, and not far from the start of the South West Coast Path, Bossington Beach is for those looking for something a bit different. A long pebble beach backed by fertile marshland, Bossington offers historic landmarks and features, unique wildlife, and a quaint rural setting. Sadly the currents are too strong for safe swimming, but this beach more than makes up for it in character.
Porthcurno Beach (Cornwall)
Portcurno is an award-winning beach in West Cornwall that is considered as a sort of paradise. It is extremely inviting, with its white sands, turquoise waters, and sheltering high cliffs. It is a very popular beach amongst families, and has good facilities, including a cafe/restaurant, lost child centre, toilets and more. Porthcurno also has also been used in filming the popular TV series Poldark, being featured in several scenes.
Watergate Bay (Cornwall)
Watergate Bay is a large sandy beach located 3 miles from Newquay, Cornwall. It’s a popular destination for surfers and kite flyers due to it’s large swells. The beach is a hive of activity, playing host to a variety of championships and festivals over the summer period, however the abundance of space also makes it an excellent place for a relaxing day out. The facilities at Watergate Bay are excellent, with toilets, shops, restaurants, a lifeguard service, car parking, and much more.
Woolacombe Beach (Devon)
Woolacombe Beach is a family owned and run 3 mile long sandy beach on the coast of North Devon, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All year round, the beach is always alive with activity, whether it be with surfers, walkers, runners, paragliders, swimmers, horse riders, sunbathers and families. There are a full range of facilities, including toilets, car parking, food and drink outlets, first aid, a lifeguard service, and access for disabled users. Woolacombe is a fun and safe beach for the everyone to enjoy!
Sand Bay (Somerset)
If you’re looking for something more wild, rough and ready, then Sand Bay is for you. This large sand and shingle beach in Somerset boasts great views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales, and is a more peaceful and remote location for beach goers. Popular among dog walkers due to the year round allowance of dogs, Sand Bay is a relaxing destination to let your pups run free. The essential amenities are covered, including free car parking, toilets, a shop, and local food and drink outlets. For a relaxing and tranquil beach experience, give Sand Bay a try!