Branscombe Beach holidays

Situated on the beautiful South Devon Heritage Coast, Beesands is a great place to find English country cottages in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Beesands is a long, dramatic beach that is mainly shingle, although broad sands are exposed at low tide, making it great for beach holidays in the U.K.

General information

There’s also a freshwater beach at Beesands as the beach backs onto a freshwater lake. Beesands Beach is coupled with the quaint village of Beesands, with car parking facilities, toilets, and wonderful crab sandwiches served from local fishing boats. Known as a safe beach for swimming, Beesands has also gained blue flag status for cleanliness, so anyone renting beach apartments there can bathe in safety. The South Devon coastal path snakes away from Beesands in both directions, ensuring that the visitors seeking cheap Beesands beach holidays can enjoy their days wandering stunning cliff-top walks.

Major attractions

Attractions on the beach include a well-regarded fishing tackle shop and a cafe serving up hot food, as well as plenty of water sports activities. But there are many other attractions near cottages for you at Beesands. One great attraction is the cookery classes held at nearby Manna in the village of Kingswear, a short drive from beach cottages at Beesands. Then there’s the picturesque town of Salcombe, located a few miles to the southwest, where those enjoying sunny beach holidays at Beesands can hire boats, visit the Salcombe shooting school, or go sea kayaking. Beesands beach holidays could also include golf, horse riding, and treks on beautiful Dartmoor, as well as a visit to Dartmouth with its marvellous steam railway and captivating castle. Those renting accommodation at Beesands can also visit the remains of Hallsands, a town swept away by a storm in 1917. Beach holidays in the U.K. hardly come more varied, with plenty to do close to what may be the best beach in the U.K.


Beesands could be the best beach in England for fishing enthusiasts, with the tackle shop on site and boat hire available. Water sports can also be enjoyed, such as water skiing, windsurfing, and kayaking, as well as coasteering. But family holidays in Beesands could just revolve around relaxing on the gorgeous beach. From beach apartments in Beesands, visitors can try pony riding or climbing on Dartmoor, sailing at Salcombe, or just spending a day on the golf course. They can head to outstanding bird-watching sites, roam the miles of jaw dropping cliff walks, or spend time in some of the best pubs around. As with the best beach holidays, Beesands offers something for everyone, from fine dining on local seafood to everything that kids enjoy about U.K. beach holidays. Beesands is even pet friendly and known as one of the most dog-friendly beaches in Devon.

When to visit

Like many beach holidays destinations, Branscombe is primarily a summer resort. The beach is popular between May and September, which is whenwatersports are available and local businesses are ready to welcome visitors. But with Exeter so close, out of season breaks have much going for them as well.

How to reach

From Exeter, take the A3052 and look for signs to Branscombe after passing Sidford. There is a small car park near the Old Forge in the village, which takes a suggested donation for the National Trust. Trains also arrive at Honiton, which is just eight miles away and might be convenient for cyclists. The 899 coasthopper bus also passes through Branscombe from Sidmouth to Seaton.

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