Maidencombe is a sheltered small cove situated in the village of Maidencombe, roughly halfway between Torquay and Teignmouth on the South Devon coast.
East-facing, the beach consists of the typical red Devon sand and shingle, set between red cliffs that are wooded in places. Parking is located about a ten minute walk away in Maidencombe village. The beach is accessed by a narrow path that leads down to the cove. The final descent down steps is quite steep and care should be taken.
Facilities include seasonal toilets (open April to October) and a beach café restaurant. The pretty nearby pub, the 'Thatched Tavern' lies only 300 yards from the beach and offers accommodation. All these factors help to make Maidencombe Beach quite popular in high season.
Please Note: The cliffs around here are prone to rock falls so please take care where you sit.
For dog lovers, dogs are permitted on the beach all year round.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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