You'll be hard pushed to find better beaches than along this stunning stretch of coastline. Award-winning, safe and spectacular, there's a beach to suit everyone. We've picked out a few of our favourites that are within easy reach of Thatches.
Inspiration for two of Agatha Christie’s novels, Bigbury-on-Sea, is a short drive away from Thatches. This vast unspoiled stretch of beach is really popular with families. Part of the beach is open to dogs, and the shallow waters make it a great choice for paddling and rock-pooling.
From here, walk across the tidal sandy causeway to the Burgh island. Grab a drink at the famous 700-year old ale house, The Pilchard Inn and when the tide comes in, catch the sea tractor back to dry land!
Just along the coast from Bigbury you'll find Bantham, a long stretch of sandy beach popular with visitors all year round. Bantham is a great spot for watersports and is one of the best surfing beaches in the area. If you're a beginner, why not try a lesson at the Bantham Surfing Academy.
South Milton Sands
& Hope Cove
The popular National Trust South Milton Sands is a long stretch of sandy beach that is home to the famous Thurleston Rock archway. Enjoy breath-taking sea views and fresh crab sandwiches at the Beach House Café before heading along the coastal path to the beautiful, sheltered Hope Cove. Here you'll find two stunning beaches which are great for family days out - after building sandcastles and rock pooling, take a walk into the village for a glass of wine, an ice cream or a visit to one of the local art galleries.
Dogs are welcome on a lead on the main beach.
There are so many wonderful Salcombe beaches to choose from its hard to know where to start!
North Sands is a short walk from Salcombe and is popular with families, dogs, and foodies - The Winking Prawn is a South Devon institution!
South Sands is great for watersports - jump on the ferry from Salcombe town. The smaller and more secluded beaches of Smalls, Mills Bay, Fisherman's Cove and Sunny are worth an explore - they're a little harder to get to which means you'll have more of the beach to yourselves!