North Sands (Beach), Salcombe, South Devon

North Sands (Beach), Salcombe, South Devon

Deep, low-tide sand beach by The Winking Prawn

North Sands (Beach) is one of a number of beautiful sand beaches and coves that line the lower section of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. With a large car park behind the beach, it's particularly popular with families.


Location of North Sands (Beach)

Salcombe is located on the west side of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary close to where the estuary meets the sea. North Sands (Beach) is at the south western end of town.

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Directions and parking for North Sands (Beach)

The A381 takes you to the south western end of Salcombe. A steep road zig-zags down to North Sands (Beach).

If you're coming from Salcombe, we'd recommend walking the South West Coast Path from the centre of town to North Sands (Beach). Alternatively, take the South Sands Sea Tractor/Taxi Ferry from the pontoon at Whitestrand Quay in Salcombe to South Sands (Beach) and then wander across on the South West Coast Path to North Sands (Beach).

There's a big public car park behind the beach. Charges apply.


North Sands (Beach)

At low tide, North Sands (Beach) is a deep, sandy beach that's popular with families.

The ruin of Salcombe Castle (English Heritage) is on rocks on the east side of the beach.


Things to do near North Sands (Beach)

A little further down the estuary by road or coastal path is South Sands (Beach) from which you can take the South Sands Sea Tractor/Taxi to the centre of town.

Overbeck's Garden and Museum (National Trust) is situated above South Sands (Beach) and is an easy walk from North Sands (Beach).

We'd very much recommend following the South West Coast Path to Sharp Tor (Salcombe) and Starehole Bay. Beyond those is Bolt Head and great views of the South Devon coastline.


Other things to do in the local area

North Sands and Salcombe are in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

West of North Sands (Beach), visit Hope Cove, Bantham and Bigbury-on-Sea with its iconic Art Deco hotel on Burgh Island.

Explore Salcombe.

In Salcombe, take the Salcombe East Portlemouth Ferry to East Portlemouth. At low tide, the eastern side of the estuary is lined with amazing beaches including Mill Bay Beach (National Trust).

Alternatively, take the Salcombe Kingsbridge Ferry to Kingsbridge.