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best beaches in devon

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September 10, 2017

Devon is famous for its beaches, and we have the top picks close to Beach Cove for you to discover!


Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is nestled on the Cliffside of Hele Bay, overlooking the stunning beach and ocean. During the warmer months you can enjoy a relaxing day spent on the beautiful shingle beach, or relax in your beach hut style accommodation and marvel at the breathtaking views during the colder seasons.
Devon is infamous for stunning beaches, so here at Darwin Escapes HQ, we thought we would compile a list of the best beaches in North Devon you can explore during your stay with at Beach Cove Coastal Retreat…


combe martin beach

Located less than 10 minutes from Beach Cove, Combe Martin Beach is set in a beautiful location, being surrounded by the highest sea cliffs in England and is a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A mixture of shingle and pebbles, the beach turns into sandy-goodness the closer to the water you travel, it is a popular place for a wild-water swim as the cove is protected from very strong currents or waves. For those who like to keep their feet on dry land, there are an abundance of rock pools to explore around the beach too.


woolacombe beach

At 20 minutes away from Beach Cove Coastal Retreat, Woolacombe Beach is one of the best beaches in Devon with several miles of golden sand, and is again an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach is very popular with the surfing community, so if you’re looking to catch a wave, Woolacombe is perfect for you.


hartland quay beach

A little further afield, at just over an hour away from Beach Cove, Hartland Quay is well worth the trip. A small pebble and rock beach along the stunning Hartland Devon Heritage Coast, and is known for the spectacular surrounding scenery. The picturesque beach is famous for the stinking and imposing cliffs towering over the beach, these Cliffside’s are not only awe-inspiring but are interesting to the geological community, with jagged shapes and layered forms. On the beach you can discover rock pools, waterfalls and wildlife in the area. Visit the nearby Hartland Quay Museum and learn all about the legends and history of shipwrecks and even smuggling in Devon!


woody bay

Just over half an hour away from Beach Cove, the walk down to this visually stunning cove is just as delightful as the beach itself, during the walk you will zig-zag through the beautiful woods and pass some very humorous signage along the way. This stunningly imposing cove is along the rugged Exmoor coastline, and is backed by heavily wooded and breathtakingly beautiful cliffs.


hele bay

Hele Bay is only a two minute walk from your beautiful beach hut style accommodation, and is a sand and shingle beach waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Located next to the picturesque Hillsborough Nature Reserve, you can enjoy the beautiful walk to the top of the cliff to overlook the cove and the whole of Beach Cove Coastal Retreat.


Beach Cove has one of the best beaches in Devon right on its doorstep, and located close to many more, making your holiday in Devon as beach – filled as you’d like! If you’re looking for a romantic holiday in Devon, Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is the perfect destination for you, with our beach hut style accommodation housing everything you could need under one roof, including sumptuous king size beds and luxurious hot tubs.

Book your holiday at Beach Cove today and start exploring Devon’s beach beaches

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