St Mary’s Bay is another of South Devon’s harder to reach beaches offering picturesque surroundings for more able bodied beach lovers. Located a mile or so from Brixham centre, the beach is flanked by steep cliffs which provide the scenic outlook and also mean the bay is sheltered. This makes it popular with leisure craft who make their way around from Brixham, Torquay and Dartmouth to moor up in the calm waters of the bay.
Access to the Beach
St. Mary’s Bay is hard to get to, so it’s fairly quiet, even in the peak of summer. The nearest car park is up at Sharkham Point where parking is free and popular with walkers and dog owners. This car park is accessed down a single track past the John Fowler Holiday Park. From here the coastal path can be followed around to the bay.
From here the beach is accessed down a number of steep steps which can be tricky in places, especially for young children, the elderly, or if you are carrying beach goods. Coming back up the steps after visiting the beach is of course the hard bit.
On the Beach
The beach is a mixture of sand and mostly pebble, backed by cliffs. As mentioned above, St. Marys Bay is flanked on both sides by hillside creating sheltered waters for swimming.
As the beach is remote to access, there are no facilities on the beach, or above on the coastal path or even back in the car park.
The appeal of St. Marys Bay is its relative inaccessibility, making quieter than other beaches in South Devon and the many photo opportunities that this presents for visitors.