St Mary's Bay
St Mary's Bay beach lies just north of Sharkham Point at Brixham on the South coast of Devon.
East-facing, St. Mary's Bay lies on the southern outskirts of Brixham, between Durl Head in the northeast and Sharkham Point in the southeast. A mixture of shingle and sand it is the town's main beach.
The north end of the beach is rockier with more shingle whilst the southern section is slightly more sandy. The beach is accessed down steep steps from the coast path.
Parking is best advised at Sharkham Point car park, and then taking the ten minute walk north along the South West Coast Path to the beach. Parking at Sharkham Point is limited so it is wise to arrive early to ensure a space.
St Mary's Bay has no toilets or other facilities but can still be quite busy in high season. There is good coast path walking around Sharkham Point to the south towards Scabbacombe and Kingswear and north to the viewpoint of Berry Head and Brixham itself.
St Mary's Bay is a dog friendly beach in that dogs are allowed all year.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: