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Exploring the local beaches

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South Hams beaches

There are countless beaches, rivers, inlets and estuaries within easy reach of Ivybridge. A glance at a map of the south coast of Devon is enough to reach the conclusion that producing a list would be a thankless and possibly endless task. The best thing to do is get out and explore!

From Slapton in the East, round East Prawl and Start Point to East Portlemouth. Across the estuary to Salcombe, then further west to Inner and Outer Hope, Thurlestone, Bantham, Bigbury, each has its own character and attributes.

Then west again, in the direction of Plymouth, but still miles from the hustle and bustle of the City, you stumble across the beaches of Wonwell, Mothecombe, Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo. Only as you round the headland to Bovisand on Plymouth Sound does Hooe and the city itself become apparent.

The beaches, and the many unnamed rocky inlets in between, each have a character of their own. Slapton is an environmentalists dream location, whilst Bigbury offers an expanse of sand and a prevailing wind for enthusiasts of windsurfing, skimboarding, kite flying and all manner of water-based pursuits. Burgh Island, off the coast at Bigbury, is reachable on foot at low tide or with the assistance of the famous 'sea tractor' as the tide rises.

For those seeking something a little more serene and contemplative or just to enjoy a quiet picnic, a scramble down the cliff from Thurlestone golf club leads to an unnamed paradise of cliff-faces, rockpools and crashing waves. Or even further off the beaten track is Ayrmer's Cove, a rugged beach of rock, sand and shingle roughly chopped out of the cliff-face near Challaborough. And for those who don't mind getting their feet wet, fording the estuary at low tide from Wonwell to Mothecombe can be the highlight of a family fun day out on the south coast of Devon.

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The images above probably don't do justice to all that the beaches of Devon's south coast have to offer. If you take a good shot and wouldn't mind it being published on this site, please email it to us.

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