As well as having glorious countryside, Devon also features some extremely dreamy beaches!
Below we have listed our favourite top 5, all within easy reach of Otter Valley Park…
Sandy Bay | 34 minute drive from Otter Valley Park
Sandy Bay in Exmouth is a beautiful half-mile long, privately owned sandy beach set in a secluded bay. Great for a family day out, this sandy beach offers a great location to spend some quality time making sandcastles and digging holes. Along the shore there are rockpools, ideal for searching and crabbing in. The beach is perfect for swimming and water sports, and there are lifeguards during the summer months.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach between April 1st and October 31st.
There is disabled access and facilities for wheelchair users.
Facilities include car parking, toilets, and cafes. There is also deckchair and pedallo hire.
Lyme Regis Sandy Beach | 30 minute drive from Otter Valley Park
The Sandy Beach is a beautiful expanse of pristine golden sand offering the quintessential seaside experience. Beachgoers go to sunbathe, paddle, swim and make sandcastles while taking in the breathtaking scenery. During peak season it is raked every day, supervised by lifeguards and has toilets, showers, food and drink outlets, and ice cream vendors nearby, making it a perfect family friendly beach. The beach is sheltered by the harbour and does not get completely covered at high tide.
Dogs on a lead are allowed on this beach between October and April.
Seaton Beach | 25 minute drive from Otter Valley Park
Overlooking Lyme Bay and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Seaton Beach is a large pebble beach stretching over a mile long. Gently sloping, the beach is an ideal spot for swimming or water sports – and Kayaks or Stand up Paddleboards can be hired on site. Alongside the beach is the esplanade, a flat walking area that stretches alongside the coastline – with the town at one end, and a café at the other. The South West Coast Path runs alongside this stunning beach and you can walk to the nearby picturesque village of Beer too!
There is a vibrant pedestrianised town centre, featuring many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, beautiful gardens, and a wide range of shops and entertainment.
Sidmouth Beach | 24 minutes drive from Otter Valley Park
Sidmouth Beach is a beautiful expanse of sand and shingle beach, clean, accessible, and surrounded by awe inspiring cliffs that make the beach feel very secluded. Sidmouth is known as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. with Jacobs Ladder, a series of wooden steps leading from the beach up to the Connaught Gardens – which provide beautiful views of the coastline below. Jacob’s Ladder is the sandy, western end of Sidmouth’s town beach, which is mostly pebble. It is ideal for young children, with a large expanse of sand and plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. The many Regency buildings of Sidmouth add elegance and distinction to the esplanade, which runs the full length of the beach, alongside the majestic cliffs.
Dogs are welcome all year on a small area at the east end of the beach.
Beer Beach | 23 minutes drive from Otter Valley Park
Set in the beautiful, picturesque fishing village of Beer, Beer beach is a stunning, family friendly shingle beach surrounded by limestone cliffs. Beer Beach is close to Seaton town, once a smuggler’s haven. Specially designed boats are launched from beach by skilled fishermen and mackerel fishing trips are also available to book.
There are popular coastal walks to Branscombe and Seaton along the South West Coast Path, and along to Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast too.
There is a small car park adjacent to the beach and larger ones in the centre of the village, and at Beer Head (about 15 minutes walk from the beach). Public toilets are situated nearby.