Torbay has some of the cleanest bathing waters in the country, scooping 14 awards last year, with 14 of beaches also achieving ‘Recommended’ status by the Marine Conservation Society in their Good Beach Guide. There are over 20 beaches to choose from ranging from long, sandy stretches to secluded rocky coves, with 6 of these located in the Brixham area alone.
Breakwater Beach is a shingle beach and one of the cleanest beaches on the English Riviera. Recommended by the Good Beach Guide, and a prestigious Blue Flag winner, you can easily incorporate a visit to this beach with a walk around the marina and along Brixham's Breakwater. The beach is popular with scuba divers and wild swimmers all year round. Dogs are permitted from 1st October - 30 April. With car parking, public toilets, and delicious fresh food and drinks available at The Breakwater Bistro, you can easily spend a couple of hours here.
Broadsands is a beautiful long sandy beach in an idyllic rural setting. As the road winds down to the beach, and passes directly underneath the impressive Brunel viaduct, you leave the hustle and bustle of the towns and amusements behind. Separated by the rows of colourful beach huts, Broadsands has a large grass area for picnics and ball games on one side, and the beach on the other side, which at low tide makes a perfect playground for young and old. The beach is surrounded by an impressive backdrop from the red rocky headland at Goodrington to the the rolling green fields which lead round to Elberry Cove, with the imposing viaduct along which regular steam trains pass by, running in between. The distinctive red sandy beach slopes gently out to sea making it perfect for families. Do check the tide times though as the sea comes very close to the promenade at high tide. There is ample parking, a café and toilet facilities along the promenade and the watersports centre offers sea kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboards and pedalos in the peak months. Dogs are permitted from 1st October - 30 April.
A stay at The Seadog includes the complimentary use of our family beach hut which is equipped with buckets and spades, chairs and sunloungers.
Elberry Cove is a pretty shingle beach with beautiful clear water making it the perfect breeding ground for native seahorses, as well as mussels that are farmed in the waters nearby. Only accessible by foot along the coast path from Broadsands or Brixham, this secluded and unspoilt beach surrounded by wooded hillsides was one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots, and the 18th century remains of Lord Churston's bathhouse can be found at the east end of the beach. Take the footpath inland from Elberry Cove and visit Churston Manor which dates back to the 12th Century.
Churston Cove is an idyllic spot surrounded by cliffs and wooded hillsides. The beach is peaceful and incredibly beautiful and consists of shingle and sand.