Forget the rest of the world with a break at this sandy little spot on Devon’s coast. Beesands is found close to Kingsbridge in South Devon, and it has everything you need for that family break by the beach. The mile of shingle beach backs onto rolling green fields and a freshwater lake, so life in Beesands is really about adventures with the kids and walks in a beautiful setting. It’s a place to indulge in fresh crab sandwiches and cream teas – when you’re not on the award-winning beach of course.

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Things to do in Beesands

There’s a day out in Beesands to suit every kind of family and every kind of day. You’ll find the unmissable Woodlands Family Theme Park just under half an hour away by car. With rides, amusements and all the attractions kids love, this is perfect for that family day the kids won’t stop talking about!

For those quieter days, you’ll find the tranquil Slapton Ley Nature Reserve just 10 minutes’ drive away from the village. This natural lake is separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, and it’s a fascinating Site of Special Scientific Interest. A popular spot to enjoy the peace and quiet and see what you can spot in the way of wildlife, Slapton Ley’s well worth a wander.

With the historic port of Dartmouth half an hour away by car, we say make sure you don’t miss this beautiful day out. One of those destinations that doesn’t really seem to change with time, Dartmouth’s cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, bakeries and historic pubs – and don’t miss the foodie favourite for fish and chips, Rockfish.

One of the best walks in the area is along the South West Coast Path to Start Point Lighthouse which is just over 5 miles (there and back). The views from the headland are absolutely stunning and stretch all the way across the bay. The surrounding high cliffs are awe-inspiring too and if you’re looking for the best place to snap pics, this is it. Of course if you’re not in the moos to walk and would prefer to drive, the car park at Start Point is a little over 15 minutes’ drive and you can still walk from there to the lighthouse.


Beaches in Beesands

The beaches in and around Beesands are the kind that’ll have you seriously considering taking up life as a full-time beach bum. With postcard looks and a peaceful feel of being far from the crowds, they’re just perfect for some time out. Let’s start with Beesands Beach itself. This shingle beach rolls on for a mile, and its views of Start Bay make it a beautiful spot to while away a day in the sun. We love the laidback atmosphere in the South Hams, so it’s ideal for those of you who like to escape the crowds.

The lovely thing about the South Hams is that you can hop in the car and drive a short distance for a change of scene, and you’ll find some of the best-loved beaches in the region just a short drive away. There’s Slapton Sands, Start Bay and Blackpool Sands all within easy reach, and they’re all stunners.

The folk in Beesands couldn’t be more dog friend if they tried. When it comes to dog friendly Beesands, you’ll find most pubs welcome our four-legged friends into at least one area of the pub, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding places to whet your whistle in between walkies. Speaking of walkies, there are some fantastic dog friendly beaches in the area too. Dogs are welcome on Beesands Beach from October to April, and North Sands Beach, near Salcombe, is dog friendly all year round. That means there’s plenty of opportunity to get sandy paws and make memories with your pet.

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