Beach Camping in Devon

Beaches in Devon

From rolling hills and wildflower meadows to craggy cliff tops and soul-stirring sea views, there are more than a few reasons to go to Devon.

Devon has two very distinctive coastlines, which lend themselves to some of the best English seaside holidays you could ever wish for. With over 450 miles of glorious beaches to choose from, you can add a long list of activities to your Devon camping holiday that ranges from sandcastles and suncream to surfing and sailing.

Don't forget the cream of all teas - a rich, decadent and devilishly calorific Devonshire treat. And at sundown tuck into fresh, flavoursome seafood plucked from the local waters and crisped over a barbeque. Devon has some of the best coastal walks in Britain, dotted with pretty villages and hidden coves - the perfect way to burn off those cream-heaped scones. This beautiful region is also rich in history, with National Trust sites aplenty and its fair share of characterful pubs for refreshing pitstops.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has 3 campsites within easy access of some of Devon's best beaches, all of which are a 30 minute drive or less. Find out more about Devon's best local beaches, and our nearest campsites, below.

Beaches near Dartmouth Club Campsite, South Devon
Blackpool Sands, Devon

The closest beach to Dartmouth Campsite is Blackpool Sands (pictured) near Dartmouth. At just 1.5 miles away, it's within walking distance and has plenty of parking should you wish to take the car. The beach itself will probably be your prime reason for staying here. It's an award-winning Blue Flag family beach nestled within a sheltered crescent-shaped bay, flanked by evergreens and pines, with excellent facilities including a cafe, beach shop, showers, toilets and watersports equipment hire. From Blackpool Sands, take the circular walk to Stoke Fleming which bypasses a lovely 13th Century church.

Alternatively, head a couple of miles northwards from Dartmouth Campsite and you'll reach Dartmouth Castle and Sugary Cove, a cracking beach based at the point where the winding River Dart reaches the sea. Slightly further afield is the beautiful sandy bay of Bantham which is right on the South West Coast Path, an ideal spot for walkers. For four-legged visitors, the best year-round dog-friendly beaches near Dartmouth Club Campsite are Slapton Sands and Thurlestone.

If you find yourself near the village of Bigbury-on-Sea, head over to Challaborough Beach - it's a pleasant spot with a mixture of sand and shingle, and plenty of rock-pooling for the kids at low tide. Salcombe is another beauty spot. If you've got Fido in tow, stick to Salcombe North Sands which allows dogs all year round, as Salcombe South Sands only permits dogs from October to April. It's well worth a visit for its local walks, wildlife (Salcombe Estuary Local Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and great facilities.

If you want to soak up the hustle and bustle of a working harbour, head to Teignmouth Back Beach. Here, numerous boat trips and fishing excursions leave from the harbour, or you can catch the ferry across the river to visit Shaldon Zoo and wildlife trust.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Sites (minutes)
Full Listing
Blackpool Sands, Stoke Fleming

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Dartmouth Castle and Sugary Cove


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Bantham

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Slapton Sands - Monument
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Slapton Sands - Torcross
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Thurlestone - North

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Thurlestone - South
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About Dartmouth Club Campsite

Dartmouth

Located near the pleasant harbour town of Stoke Fleming, close to the superb Blackpool Sands beach and within a short drive of must-sees including Totnes, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, Dartmouth Campsite is a superb spot for a Devon beach camping holiday.

From the site, campers can enjoy lovely sea views over Start Bay, which really will get your holiday off to a cracking start! The site is spacious featuring 90 generously-sized pitches, with excellent facilities including a family shower room, children’s play area, a shop selling local products, and Wi-Fi.

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Beaches near Slapton Sands Club Campsite, South Devon
Slapton Sands, Devon

At Slapton Sands Campsite you're just a 10-minute walk from a beach of the same name (pictured). And what a beach it is! Slapton Sands is a beautiful ribbon of sand and shingle that sweeps along South Devon's stunning coastline, stretching from Monument in the north to Torcross in the south.

There's a generous car park at Slapton Sands beach along with a café, disabled access and public toilets. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months and a flag system is also in place warning of strong currents and tidal conditions. Best of all, Slapton Sands is a dog-friendly beach - so Fido can join in the fun too!

Another attraction at Slapton Sands is Slapton Ley Nature Reserve - a huge freshwater lagoon. Surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland, and separated from the sea only by a narrow sandbar, this is a wonderful place to observe wildlife. It's an important reserve for wintering and migrating birds and eagle-eyed visitors have reported sightings of badgers, otters, dormice and bats.

This part of the coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and it's not hard to see why. Gorgeous shallow shores and long, flat sandy bays come as standard in this part of the world, and you're never far from a cheerful local pub or a friendly cafe serving devilishly good Devonshire teas.

A little way further north from Slapton is Blackpool Sands, a beautiful shingle beach tucked away in a sheltered pine-backed bay. It's a privately-owned Blue Flag beach with a whole host of facilities ranging from sand pits and kayaks to a beach shop and cafe. There are showers, toilets, disabled facilities, lifeguard patrol during the summer, and equipment hire for watersports. Dogs are permitted from November to early March.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Slapton Sands - Monument
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Slapton Sands - Torcross
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Blackpool Sands

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About Slapton Sands Club Campsite

Slapton SandsIf camping by the beach is high on your agenda, you can't get much closer to the coast than Slapton Sands Campsite.

Less than half a mile from gorgeous Slapton Sands Beach is our Club Campsite, which ticks all the right boxes for a family camping holiday along the South Devon coast. Here you can kick back and enjoy sparkling sea views and a quiet rural setting, with plenty of on-site facilities to make your stay comfortable and hassle-free.

The site is surrounded by rolling countryside, offering a glorious retreat between coast and country. It's level and well-maintained with some hardstanding and plenty of grass pitches, while surrounding mature trees and hedgerows offer shelter from sea breezes. If you fancy adding a touch of luxury, our Ready Camp Tents offer a home-from-home environment with oodles of creature comforts.

This excellent site is home to a children's play area, a parent and child room, washing up facilities and even a small on-site shop. Local walks abound and you're just a short stroll away from the famous South West Coast Path, a long-distance trail which skirts the South Devon coast and offers spectacular scenery along the way.

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Beaches near Lynton Club Campsite, North Devon
Ilfracombe, Devon

There is a wonderful selection of beaches dotted along the north Devon coast, all of which are within a short drive of Lynton Campsite. Combe Martin Beach is a lovely family-friendly spot on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Here, you can while away the hours kicking back on its sandy beach, rockpooling with the kids, crab fishing, paddling in the shallows, or tucking into local Devonshire fare in a village pub.

Over at Ilfracombe (pictured), about half an hour's drive from Lynton Campsite, you'll find a superb selection of beaches including Capstone (Wildersmouth), Hele Beach and Tunnels Beach. Each has their own unique charm - Tunnels Beach in particular is quite a find. A network of tunnels, handcarved in the 1820s, provide unique access to a beautiful area of coastline and bathing pools inaccessible by any other means.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Lynmouth
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Combe Martin

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Ilfracombe - Hele Beach
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Ilfracombe - Tunnels Beach

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Ilfracombe - Capstone (Wildersmouth)
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About Lynton Club Campsite

Lynton

Tucked away on the north Devon coast in Exmoor National Park is Lynton Club Campsite, a beautiful hilltop location with glorious countryside views. It's a walker's delight, with many trails accessible directly from the site and many more within close proximity, including the South West Coast Path and Two Moors Way.

Perhaps the biggest draw is Lynton's proximity to the coast, with a handful of beaches within close proximity. Here, sun 'n sand seekers can enjoy all the classic attractions of North Devon's finest beaches - the perfect way to enjoy your time away.

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