Devon has been blessed with 2 coastlines, north and south, and Modbury is very lucky to be surrounded by some exquisite beaches that have won awards for continuing high standards of cleanliness, water quality and safety.
If you are looking for traditional ‘bucket& spade’ beaches with toilets and refreshments, we have those.
If hidden coves with rock pools to investigate are more to your liking -we have those too.
On the eastern side of the Avon estuary, this is a wide sandy beach with sheltered dunes, where the waters are favoured by surfers. The beach is undeveloped, but there are toilets in the car park and lifeguards. The village is an easy walk away with shops and a local inn. Access to the Coastal Path.
This favourite sandy beach on the western side of the river Avon is ideal for children and has lifeguard coverage. A café, shop and toilets are in the main car park. There is also the village Post Office and general store, an art studio and café/bistro within a few minutes walk. Take a stroll over to Burgh Island, up to the ruins of the Hewers Hut. Take the sea tractor back if the tide has beaten you.
Part of the Flete Estate and popular film location (Sense & Sensibility amongst others). The public beach on the western edge of the Erme estuary becomes a vast expanse of sand at low tide. In the car park, ¼ mile up the hill, there are toilets and a café. Access to the Coastal Path
The private beach is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays.
THURLESTONE/SOUTH MILTON SANDS
A coarse sandy beach owned by the National Trust and overlooking Thurlestone Rock and backed by extensive wetland. Popular with water sports enthusiasts and ornithologists.
A fine, sandy, beach in a sheltered cove. There is plenty of opportunity for exploring rock pools, or for sand castle building at low tide.
This is the place for surfers or body-boarders with great swells and shore breaks. There is a car park with access along the lanes, narrow in places. Alternatively walk from Bigbury-on-Sea along the coastal path. There is lifeguard coverage, a beach shop, toilets, café and pub. Popular with young families, and adjacent to a holiday park. Challaborough was designated as a Blue Flag beach in 2011 and has retained its status in the 2019 Blue Flag Awards.
DOGS ON OUR BEACHES
Whilst we welcome our four-legged friends to the South Hams, there are some ‘dogs on beach’ restrictions in place between 1st May & 30th September. For up to date information please refer to: http://www.southhams.gov.uk/index/enjoying_index/ksp-leisure-beaches/sp-environment-dogsonbeaches.htm
or telephone the Dog Wardens on 01803 861234.
Alternatively, any Tourist Information Centre will be able to advise you.