Beautiful beaches near Kentisbury Grange Estate

Kentisbury Grange Estate, on the edge of Exmoor National Park is an idyllic place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Set in stunning landscaped gardens, with a variety of accommodation options available, this UK hotel allows true escapism and relaxation. The hotel in North Devon is a short distance from a variety of beautiful beaches, secluded coves and bustling harbours.  We’ve asked the team at Kentisbury Grange Estate to pick out some of their favourites.

Saunton Sands, Braunton

Saunton Sands, Braunton

Over 3.5 miles of sandy beach stretch out in front of you and when the conditions are right, this beach offers some of the best surfing in the country. A great beach for younger families and your four legged friends are welcome all year round.

Broad Sands, Nr Illfracombe

A secluded, small cove situated between Watermouth and Illfracombe which offers lots of tunnels and caves for exploring and adventure.  Be sure to pack lightly as there are around 200 steps to descend (and climb back up!).  The pebble beach is wild and rugged with no facilities.  It is also advisable to check the tide times before you travel so that you can experience the best of this rugged coastline.

Putsborough Beach, Croyde

Putsborough Beach, Croyde

A winner of the Trip Advisor Choice awards amongst others, Putsborough Beach is renowned as one of the cleanest and most beautiful in the South West.  Dogs are allowed on the beach throughout the year, although there is a ban on certain areas of the beach between April & September.  

Locally renowned as a great surf spot, and a favourite with local surfers on especially on a windy day. The headland of Baggy Point provides ample shelter from the coast’s famous south-westerlies so it’s a must-visit if you’re a keen wave rider.

Barricane Beach, Woolacombe

Barricane Beach is tucked between rocks on the outskirts of Woolacombe.  The sandy beach offers a great spot to get away from the crowds on Woolacombe’s main beach.  The beach is within easy walking distance of Woolacombe's great range of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy some delicious local food. Visit just before sunset for front-row seats to the epic view. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round, although must be on a lead from 30 April to 30 September.

Tunnels Beach, Illfracombe

Tunnels Beach, Illfracombe

Tunnels Beach is utterly unique.  Hand carved in the 1820’s the four tunnels that lead to the beach are over 200 years old and offer a fascinating insight into the Victorian era.  You can still see the Gentleman and Ladies section of the beach, along with the Tidal Pool which presents itself 3 hours before and 3 hours after high tide.  The beach is open from April to October and there is a small admission charge to access the site.  No dogs are allowed.

Rockham Bay, Mortehoe

Rockham Bay is a beautiful, secluded beach, backed by the rocky cliffs.  At low tide the sandy beach is revealed, so make sure you check the tide times before you travel.  The beach offers some great rock pools, which are full of marine life to discover.  There is a 2km scenic coastal walk from the village to get to the beach with no vehicular access.

Lee Bay, Illfracombe

Lee Bay is a secluded and sheltered cove, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It offers visitors a balmy climate as it is tucked away and sheltered from the coastal winds.  The beach is a mixture of rock, shingle and sand and pay & display parking is available nearby.

North Devon offers some incredible beaches and whether you are looking to catch good waves, explore with the family or take your dog on a fabulous day out there is a beach for you.  Kentisbury Grange Estate is fortunate to be within a short driving distance to these beaches (and many more), so what are you waiting for?  Dig out your bucket and spade and book your UK getaway today!