Beaches in The English Riviera

Beaches in The English Riviera

Paignton Beaches

Along the 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 20 beaches and coves.

Some are wide, sandy beaches, others are smaller and more secluded. Many of the beaches hold coveted awards for cleanliness and quality.

Paignton has the the safest and sandiest beaches in the bay...

Linking each of the English Riviera's beaches is the South West Coast Path. Stretching from the south side of Brixham to Maidencombe, this walk around the Bay offers excellent and varied walking with spectacular sea views.

Paignton is well known for its beaches, with long gently sloping sandy beaches, Paignton, Goodrington and Broadsands are ideal for family bathing and on the more fierce days of Easterly gales, great for surfers.

Paignton Sands and Preston Sands.

Type: Sand - Strecthing from Paignton Harbour to Preston, ove 1/2 mile of beach
Access: Easy
Bus No: All services to Paignton Bus Station
Facilities: Ample parking, dogs banned, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, first aid post, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, restaurant, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire, public telephone. Disabled - easy access, toilets by beach.

Goodrington Sands (North) - Click to see more.

Type: Sand - North sands is close to the promenade which is lit up at night and great for a stroll and fishing. The beach is covered at high tide. Gently sloping and good for snorkelling.
Access: Easy
Bus No: 4, 118 (Torbay Leisure Centre
Facilities: Ample parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, restaurant, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire. Disabled - easy access, toilets by beach.

Goodrington Sands (South) Click to see more.

Type: Sand - Southsands is close to Quay West and has an expanse of beach at both low and high water.
Access: Easy
Bus No: 4, 118 (Torbay Leisure Centre
Facilities: Ample parking, dogs not allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, toilets by beach, cafe / refreshments, restaurant, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire. Disabled - easy access, toilets by beach.

Hollicombe Beach, Torquay.

Type: Sand - Also known by locals as 'Gasworks Beach', but don't fret there are no Gasworks.
Access: Moderate
Bus No: 3, 12, 118, 122 (Hollicombe Gardens)
Facilities: Parking 1 mile from beach, dogs banned, swimming, safe with care, life saving equipment, toilets by beach. Disabled - moderate access, toilets nearby.

Broadsands Beach. Torquay.

Type: Sand - Large and gently shelving beach. Often quite when others are busy.
Access: Easy
Bus No: See Bus routes
Facilities: Parking in large car park, dogs not allowed, swimming, safe with care, warning flags in operation, life saving equipment, toilets nearby, cafe / refreshments, beach shop, deck chair / sun bed hire, chalet hire, public telephone. Disabled - moderate access.

Elberry Cove.

Type: Pebble / Sand shelving steeply. Speedboat lanes here for skiers.
Access: Moderate. Walk over headland to cove on coastal path.
Bus No: As Broadsands
Facilities: Ample parking at Broadsands, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care. Disabled - very poor access.

Fairy Cove, Paignton Harbour.

Type: Sand/Shingle
Access: Moderate. From steps at back of harbour
Bus No: As Paignton Beach
Facilities: No parking, dogs allowed, swimming, safe with care, but limited beach. Swimming only at high tide unless snorkelling or scuba diving over the rocks, for which this beach is popular. Disabled access - Poor

Three Beaches, Goodrington and Broadsands...

Type: Sand / Shingle/Rocks
Access: Coastal Path only or from Waterside
Bus No: Waterside Bus
Facilities: These beaches stretch between Goodrington South Sands and Broadsands. They are more coves than beaches and encompass a marine conservation area. Also popular with geologists and nature lovers, for the bird life and marine features.

The video below was taken in February at Broadsands beach at low tide.

 

  • Paignton Beach
  • Goodrington Sands
  • Surfing at Paignton
  • Beach Near Paignton
  • Broadsands Beach
  • Paignton Seafront
  • Hollicombe Beach

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