One of the most photographed beaches in South Devon is Blackpool Sands, a few miles outside Dartmouth. This perfect crescent of shingle beach is flanked by wooded cliffs on either side making a perfect photo opportunity.
The beach is popular with locals and holidaymakers to the area, but large enough to cope with visitor numbers. The beach is privately owned and managed by The Venus Beach Company, who run a cafe and shop on the beach. The food and drink is locally sourced and healthy, rather than the usual offerings of fish & chips, candy floss and doughnuts. The shops sells a range of beach goods including sun cream, games, and clothing.
Access to the Beach
Because Blackpool Sands is a few miles outside Dartmouth, visiting by car is the easiest way to reach the beach, though there is a bus service between Dartmouth and Plymouth which stops there too. The coastal road is a scenic drive along the coast sweeping down to the beach from either direction.
There is a parking charge at Blackpool Sands which goes towards keeping the beach in good condition and overflow parking for busy times.
On the Beach
The beach looks sandy from a distance but is in fact shingle. The Venus Beach Company maintain and clean the beach to a high standard, so you will find it well-maintained and safe for bathing (with care). Along with the shop and beach cafe, there are toilets and outside taps by the car park.