Category: Things to do

Summer is here and the sun is shining, so why not make the most of the beautiful weather and enjoy some fresh air at one of Plymouth’s neighbouring beaches.

Remember to follow all social distancing guidelines and keep your dog under close control on dog-friendly beaches.

Please be considerate and careful whilst outdoors, and take your litter home with you if you notice bins are full.

Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4AZ

Bigbury on Sea features a stunning sandy beach, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and joined by causeway to the iconic Burgh Island. There is shallow water for paddling and rock pools for exploring. Bigbury on Sea is a popular family beach and great for windsurfing and kite surfing too.

Dogs are not permitted between 1 May to 30 September from the causeway east to Sedgewell Cove. To the west of the causeway and at the far east of Sedgewell Cove, dogs are allowed all year.

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Mothecombe beach

Mothecombe, Plymouth PL8 1LB

Mothecombe beach is one of the quieter beaches in South Devon. Large and unspoilt and at low tide Mothecombe comes into its own with fine sand and plenty of opportunity for shallow, sheltered bathing.

Dogs are not permitted during the summer (from 1 May until 30 September).

Mothecombe Beach


Cawsand and Kingsand beaches

Cawsand, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1LE | Kingsand, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1NA

Kingsand and Cawsand are twin seafront villages on the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall. The beach at Kingsand overlooks Plymouth Sound and has fantastic views of the ships coming and going. Like neighbouring Cawsand beach, it is a sheltered beach that reveals some good rock pools at low tide.

Dogs are accepted on the beach all year round at Kingsand Beach, however they are not permitted in July and August at Cawsand.

Cawsand Beach


Bovisand Bay beach

Wembury, Bovisand, Plymouth PL9 0AD

Bovisand beach is a sheltered bay of yellow sand with cliffs either side. Located within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it is popular with locals and families. There is a large expanse of flat sand when the tide is out, ideal for ball games. The beach is split into two areas – Bovisand Bay and Crownhill Bay.

Dogs allowed all year at the Bovisand Bay beach (however please note they are banned at Crownhill Bay beach)

Bovisand Coast


Whitsand Bay beach

Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 3BY

The beaches of Whitsand Bay offer three miles of stunning sand from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and are considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Reached by steep paths and steps that wind down between the verdant vegetation, these beaches are never crowded. At low tide the long stretches of glistening sand provides great walking or jogging opportunities, whilst the constant swell keeps surfers happy riding some huge waves.

Dogs are permitted all year round.

Whitsand Bay Beach


Wembury beach

Wembury, Plymouth PL9 0HR

Owned by the National Trust with its own Marine Conservation Centre and guided rock pool rambles, Wembury, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is not short of ways to keep you entertained. There's safe, clean bathing from gently shelving sand and shale, with beautiful cliff walks to Bovisand in the west and Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo to the east.

Dogs are not permitted on the main Wembury beach between 1 May and 30 September, however they are allowed all year on the beach west of the main beach.

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