North Sands Beach Salcombe South Devon

North Sands Beach

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As with most of the South Hams beaches this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Sands beach is an easy level walk from Salcombe town along Cliff Road (about 15minutes). Stunning views of the Salcombe Estuary, Sunny Cove on the East Portlemouth side and out to sea past Wolf Rock.

A large sandy beach which is almost submerged at high tide so do check your time table.

Great swimming in a safe bay and good rock pools at low tide to play in.

A further walk you come across South Sands, where you can get a ride back to Salcombe on the South Sands passenger ferry. South Sands has a sailing school where you can hire a kayak and explore the coastline. If you are fealing more adventurous then continue walking along the cliff path to Bolt Head via Sharpitor.


  • Beach - Sand
  • Parking - Ample
  • Accessibility - No problem
  • Toilets - Yes
  • Refreshments - Yes
  • Dogs - Welcome year round
  • Life Guard - None

Best for

Families, Swimming and a local Surfing spot.

Look out for

The ruined fortification known as Fort Charles (or Salcombe Castle).

It's a fact !

The castle was built during Henry VIII's reign to defend the Estuary from French and Spanish pirates. It was eventually "slighted" (ruined) on the orders of Parliament following the Civil War.


North Sands Beach
North Sands Beach
North Sands Beach
North Sands Beach


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