Elberry Cove between Brixham and Paignton

  • A quiet beach with no facilities.
  • Picturesque surroundings.
  • A 10 minute walk from the nearest car park.

Elberry Cove lies between Brixham and Paignton surrounded by woodland and rolling fields. Due to it’s relative inaccessibility and lack of amenities, it is quieter than other beaches on the English Riviera which is no bad thing when the sun shines.

Elberry Cove near Paignton

There are remains of a small lookout post at one side of the beach with views across the bay where there are plenty of boats criss-crossing the water. Indeed the cove is popular with watersports enthusiasts so watch for leisure craft when swimming of this beach.

Ruin and the view on Elberry Cove

Access to the beach

As mentioned, the beach is only accessible by foot. The nearest car park is Broadsands (see the map below) which has pay and display parking. Here Broadsands Beach has plenty of facilities. To reach Elberry Cove, follow the coastal path to the right of the beach past the pitch and putt golf course up to some impressive views of the coastline before descending down to the cove. The walk takes 10-15 minutes and is not recommended for anyone with a pushchair or lots of beach gear.

Elberry Cove is only accessible by foot

From the other direction, it is possible to walk from Brixham along the coastal path to Elberry Cove. This is a much longer walk and part up and down, though again an enjoyable walk with sea views and wooded sections. There are plenty of photo opportunities but allow a good hour to an hour and a half to reach the cove.

The Beach

Elberry Cove is a stone/shingle beach with rockpools to one side and swimming in this sheltered cove with the appropriate safety measures. Again the relatively long walk to the beach means that it feels less crowded, even in the peak of summer.

In summary Elberry Cove is well worth the walk with scenic bay views on the journey and a picturesque cove on arrival. Just remember to travel light!