Beesands, South Devon

Beesands, South Devon
  • Remote coastal village near Start Point
  • Awesome views across Start Bay to the mouth of the River Dart and Estuary
  • Big shingle beach with many more shingle and sand beaches nearby
  • Great pub overlooking the beach and sea
  • Superb spot for coastal walking
  • Main photo: Widdicombe Ley, Bee Sands (Beach), Beesands village and Start Point seen from the South West Coast Path as you approach from Torcross


Why holiday or weekend break in Beesands?

To help you choose Beesands, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Start Bay

Start Bay. One of the Westcountry's finest bays. Beesands sits in the southern section of the bay close to Start Point. The views from Beesands across Start Bay north and south are awesome.


Beesands beaches

Bee Sands (Beach). Shingle beach extending north of Beesands village. 

Hall Sands (Beach). A smaller stretch of shingle beach south of Bee Sands (Beach). Within easy walking distance via the South West Coast Path.

Slapton Sands (Beach). Huge stretch of shingle beach pushing north of Torcross village.

Great Mattiscombe Sand (Beach). Super 'secret' beach on the south coast near Start Point.

Lannacombe Beach. Beautiful, compact beach on the south coast between Start Point and East Prawle.

Blackpool Sands (Beach). One of Devon's most famous beaches. A prefect arc of shingle in the northern section of Start Bay. Plenty of parking and great facilities but charges apply to use the beach.


Beesands food and drink

The Cricket Inn. Located on the seafront in Beesands village overlooking Bee Sands (Beach) and Start Bay. Amazing pub location.

Start Bay Inn. Another seafront pub in Torcross just north of Beesands. It's great fun to walk between the two on the South West Coast Path.

Pigs Nose Inn. Devon's southernmost pub! Located by the village green in Devon's southernmost village.


Beesands South West Coast Path

See also Torcross South West Coast Path Walk.


Start Point

Start Point. Devon's most southerly point is reasonably close to Beesands. We'd recommend visiting on the South West Coast Path.

Start Point Lighthouse. This is open to the public at specific times during the year. Consult the Start Point Lighthouse website for details. We've been on a couple of occasions and the guides have been great. Charges apply.


Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve

Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. Sits behind Slapton Sands (Beach) by Torcross. Superb place. Good bird hides and information.


Salcombe and the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary

The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary is essential visiting if you're on holiday in the Beesands area. Explore Salcombe, East Portlemouth and Kingsbridge. Take boat trips, relax on one of the many stunning sand beaches lining the lower section of the estuary or walk the South West Coast Path. The area is very popular with tourists so it's packed with quality restaurants, pubs and cafes.

The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary is just west of Beesands.


Dartmouth and the Dart Estuary

River Dart and Estuary. Again, essential visiting.

The Dart Estuary is north of Beesands via the A379.