Owned by the National Trust, Mothecombe Beach is one of South Devon’s most unspoilt stretches of sand. With the feeling of being far from the crowds (even on the sunniest day), this beach welcomes the public on Wednesdays and on weekends.
With a Marine Conservation Society award to its name, Mothecombe is known for its pristine sand and its clean waters, and there’s plenty of space to take advantage of its safe, shallow waters during a family holiday in the area. One of the best bits about a visit is that little about this beach has changed for hundreds of years, and if you prefer a beautiful beach without the attractions of the busier ones then it’s perfect.
Don’t panic, unspoilt doesn’t mean unreachable, and there’s a car park at the beach for £4 per day. You’ll need to follow the narrow path straight down to the sand and it’s worth noting that this isn’t one for wheelchairs. The beach offers a tea house serving snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy during a visit, and there are toilets nearby too.
Now, if you’ve been meaning to have a go at windsurfing or on a body board then Mothecombe’s just the place to do it, the conditions are perfect for beginners and with no crowds watching you’ll be free to build your confidence without feeling a little awkward those first few times! If you’d rather take in the scenery with a wander, you’ll find access to the infamous South West Coast Path from Mothecombe, and the surrounding sections take in some spectacular views of the coast.