4 hidden beaches in North Devon to visit during your staycation

Published: 2022-03-24 / Author: Oliver Pyper

4 hidden beaches in North Devon to visit during your staycation

A staycation is all about pushing "pause" on life. It means stepping back from the stress and monotony of the working week and enjoying the best of what the UK has to offer.

So whilst there are many popular beaches in North Devon that are great for family fun, they're not so good for quiet contemplation. The last thing you want is a stray beachball ruining your moment of serenity, after all.

Good news. North Devon is blessed with more than 50 miles of breath-taking coastline, so there are plenty of things to do. And amongst those sandy beaches in North Devon are a fair few "hidden gems".

These beaches in North Devon might take a little more effort to reach, but intrepid staycationers will be thoroughly rewarded. Expect stirring sea views, untouched sands and plenty of peace and quiet.

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But first – a word of warning for those seeking tranquil beaches in North Devon.

Most of these beaches in North Devon are "off the beaten track". Make sure you're confident traversing tricky terrain, and – as ever – check tide times before setting off.

Remember: if a beach is harder to get to, it's more difficult to escape when tides rise too.

Wringcliff Bay

Best for: feeling like you're the only people in the world!

Warnings: access is via a steep path, so make sure you come prepared. Suitable shoes are a must.

Closest parking: the Valley of Rocks.

Beaches in North Devon don't get much more "small and secluded" than this! This undiscovered beach in North Devon is nestled at the bottom of the Valley of Rocks and surrounded on both sides by sheer cliffs. You'll need to walk for at least half a mile to reach it, but when you set foot on the sand and glimpse the sea unfurling before you, it will all feel worth it. You might even spot a few of the famous Lynton goats on your way.


Speke's Mill Mouth

Best for: surfing.

Warnings: expect at least a mile walk over craggy terrain. And surfers beware – like many smaller beaches, Speke's Mill Mouth doesn’t have lifeguards.

Closest parking: Hartland Quay.

Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a chill-seeker, you'll find lots to love at Speke's Mill Mouth. Beaches in North Devon offer surfers some of the finest waves, while those more comfortable on land can marvel at its spectacular waterfall. Don't pack a bucket and spade, though – Speke's Mill Mouth is as rocky as they come.

Broad Sands

Best for: breathtaking views.

Warnings: you'll have to walk down more than 200 steep steps to gain access. Be careful of rising tides, too.

Closest parking: the nearest town is Combe Martin, but even that's a 45-minute walk away! We recommend you park close to the nearby caravan site instead.

Broad Sands isn't the most accessible of beaches in North Devon, but that could be its best feature. Only the most adventurous holidaymakers ever make it here, meaning it's often nearly deserted. When you do traverse its 200+ steps, you'll be gifted with one of the best beach views North Devon, and possibly even the UK, has to offer. Make sure you allow enough time to explore its myriad caves and crags, but be mindful of the tide – the beach all but disappears as the waves crash in.

Middle Beach

Best for: quiet family time.

Closest parking: parking is available at the Putsborough and Woolacombe ends, but you'll have to walk for an extra 15 minutes or so to reach Middle Beach itself.

This one's less "hidden away" and more "hidden in plain sight". Middle Beach lies between the popular Putsborough and Woolacombe beaches, where crowds congregate to enjoy the sweeping views and soft sands. Tackle the extra half-mile walk to reach Middle Beach, and you can enjoy all the same virtues with less of the hustle and bustle. Here you can splash, swim and play in peace. If the weather's right, you might even be able to squeeze in a bit of North Devon sunbathing…

As for afterwards…

Want to wind down after your North Devon beach trek? You'll find plenty of opportunities for R&R at Highbullen. Enjoy dinner at our fine dining restaurant, where panoramic windows frame the rolling hills of our local landscape. Or book a massage and let our spa therapists knead away those knots and cramps. As for tomorrow? Well, you can't possibly visit all these North Devon beaches in one day…

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