Best secret beaches to visit when on holiday in North Devon
Devon is a great place to visit on a staycation or family break away, with a number of coastlines and an abundance of attractions, choosing to holiday in North Devon is a great choice. When planning a beach day on your holiday, sometimes it is nice to head off the beaten track once in a while and escape from the busy crowds. Here are 3 of the less well known and secret beaches in North Devon.
Wild Pear Beach
One of the most hidden beaches in North Devon is Wild Pear Beach, this beach is completely off the grid and does require a bit of a walk to get there, however if you are looking for a secluded and private beach to immerse yourself in nature then it is well worth it. Wild Pear Beach is located in a perfectly protected cove, enclosed with high cliffs not only making it private but also great for swimming as there is no harsh crashing surf. Car parking is available in the Kiln pay and display in Combe Martin. The walk is approximately 30-40 minutes and the last part can be a bit tricky due to a previous landslide. Please keep in the mind the walk and access to the beach before setting off as it can be a mission if not fully prepared.
A beach mostly only known to locals, Rockham Bay in North Devon is owned by the national trust and is a perfect mix of rocky and sandy. This combination means not only is it perfect for exploring rock pools but children can also make sandcastles. In low tides, you can see the remains of the shipwrecked mail steamer SS Collier which capsized in 1914, it is great for exploring with a snorkel. If you aren’t staying at the North Morte Farm campsite then it is a 20 minute walk to the beach including steps but it should be fine for children. The best parking is Morthoe’s pay and display. It is worth noting that there can be strong currents at the beach so care should be taken when paddling and swimming.
Nestled between rocks, Barricane Beach is the perfect place to escape from crowds when on holiday in North Devon. On the outskirts of Woolacombe, Barricane Beach is only a short distance from Woolacombe’s main and very popular beach. The sandy beach is great for relaxing and bringing children, dogs are also welcome but must be kept on leads during May to the end of September. Barricane beach is a short walk from Woolacombe’s great range of cafes, bars and restaurants. In the summer, if you’re lucky you might even be able to grab an authentic curry from the Sri Lankan Beach Shack, be sure to get there early as they tend to sell out!
Going on holiday to North Devon is a popular choice amongst many due to the beautiful coastlines and family attractions, these beaches are great options if you want to visit places a little less busy.