Salcombe Pier, Devon

Beaches in Devon

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Holidays in Devon are unmatched for relaxing times away with your loved ones. Undoubtedly one of the more naturally beautiful counties in the UK, Devon is filled with landscapes that live long in the memory. Much of the unforgettable scenery in Devon is found on its coast in the form of serene and gorgeous beaches. 

While they are mostly pebbly rather than sandy, the beaches in Devon will not leave you wanting, with walking trails, promenades full of attractions, fossil-hunting, and water sports all on offer. Our Devon Cliffs Holiday Park is perched in a scenic location on the south coast of the county, overlooking Sandy Bay Beach. As wonderful as Sandy Bay is, there is far more to the local area than just this and we recommend you explore as much of the coastline as possible during your stay with us.

Looking for the cream of the crop? Check out our list of the best beaches in Devon.

Beach walks: strolls with spooks

Beach walks: strolls with spooks
Croyde: a stunning surfing hotspot

If you’re up for a spot of rambling, then Devon is a top spot. Why not take in a section of the incredible South West Coast Path? This much-loved trail is an epic 630 miles long, also running through Cornwall and Dorset. Of course, no one expects you to walk the whole thing, but walk the Devon section of the route and you can expect plenty of highlights. 

Take in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you pass through lush woodland and over cliffs that offer incredible views out to sea. Parson and Clerk rocks are a particular highlight on the route. Legend has it that the rocks got their name from a tale that revolves around a clergyman, his clerk and their encounter with the Devil. Spooky stuff. 

Beach history: welcome to the Jurassic Coast

Beach history: welcome to the Jurassic Coast
Budleigh Salterton: perfectly pebbly

Devon is also home to the Jurassic Coast. This amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site is the product of 185 million years of geological history. Coastal erosion has exposed an almost continuous sequence of rock formation that covers the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. You wouldn’t know it to look at it now, but this area at different times has been desert, shallow tropical sea and marsh. 

Due to its varied past, the area’s been home to a whole array of different prehistoric creatures, and so a treasure trove of fossilised remains has been preserved in its rocks. Why not go on a fossil hunt of your own and see if you can find the ultimate memento for your Haven holiday? Our Devon Cliffs holiday park sits right on the western end of the Jurassic Coast, giving you easy access. 

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Devon Cliffs self catering holidays

Devon Cliffs, Devon

4 nights from £49

Beach history: welcome to the Jurassic Coast

Beach history: welcome to the Jurassic Coast
Sandy Bay: steps from our Devon Cliffs park

There’s plenty of opportunity to get active on the Devon coast. Had a go on the climbing wall at Devon Cliffs holiday park and want to test your skills on something a little bigger? Why not book yourself onto a climbing session and scramble up one of the Jurassic Coast’s ancient cliffs. Or, if you fancy going the other way, give abseiling a go.

If you want something a bit more relaxed, then why not give paddle boarding or kayaking a go and explore this gorgeous coastal region from the water. If you want a bit of a break from the beach, then we’ve got you covered; check out Crealy Theme Park, just a 25-minute drive from Devon Cliffs. 


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