Mill Bay Beach (National Trust), Salcombe, South Devon

Mill Bay Beach (National Trust), Salcombe, South Devon

Idyllic sandy beach?

Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) is an idyllic, sandy beach on the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. Salcombe and the ruins of English Heritage's Salcombe Castle are across the water to the north and west. Cliffs and woodland rise around the beach to the east and south. The setting is sublime.

The beach is particularly popular with families. In addition to sunbathing, watersports and building sandcastles, you'll often see people playing cricket or other sports on the firmer sand closer to the water's edge.

There are public toilets at the back of the beach by the National Trust car park.

 

Location and directions to Mill Bay Beach

Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) is located at East Portlemouth on the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) is on the east side of the estuary. Salcombe is across the water on the west side of the estuary.

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Getting to Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) by car. There's a reasonable amount of National Trust parking behind the beach in the woods. The road leading to Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) is narrow. It drops down from the main village East Portlemouth in the countryside above the estuary. Be patient. As mentioned, Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) is on the east side of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary so if you're on holiday in Salcombe then we'd recommend walking to the beach via the foot ferry that runs between Salcombe and East Portlemouth.

Getting to Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) by ferry and on foot. Take the foot ferry that runs between The Ferry Inn (on the Salcombe side) and the ferry landing below the Venus Cafe (on the East Portlemouth side). You can then either follow the road south to the back of Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) or, at low tide, walk along the sandy shore to the beach.

 

Beaches nearby

East Portlemouth Beaches (Small's Cove up to Ditchend Cove) are north of Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) by the ferry landing. Sunny Cove (Beach) is just south.

North Sands (Beach) and South Sands (Beach) are on the other side of the estuary. To visit these, we'd recommend taking the water taxi and sea tractor from Salcombe to South Sands (Beach).

 

Walking the sand that lines the east side of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary

When the estuary water retreats at low tide, all these beaches are joined up to form one stunning long stretch of sand running from East Portlemouth all the way down to a sand spit across the water from South Sands (Beach). We'd very much recommend walking this stretch of sand at low tide and returning on the South West Coast Path.

 

Visitor attractions nearby

Overbeck's Garden and Museum (National Trust) is situated above South Sands (Beach).

There are excellent views of English Heritage's Salcombe Castle from the Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) area. The castle ruins are located by North Sands (Beach) on the west side of the estuary.

 

South West Coast Path

Follow the South West Coast Path south and east of Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) and you'll come to Gara Rock and then Prawle Point. We'd recommend pushing on to the wonderful Start Point and Start Point Lighthouse. There are huge views of Start Bay from the viewpoint and car park above the lighthouse.

 

South Devon AONB

Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) is part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and within the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary.