Ladram Bay, Sidmouth, Devon
The beach at Ladram Bay is undeniably striking, backed by towering red sandstone cliffs; just off the shore are two similarly huge stacks (there are actually seven of them in total), so the effect is quite dramatic. That may not be the first thing on people’s minds when they’re happily playing on the sand and pebble beach or swimming in the sea; what matters most is that it’s a lovely place to be.
The bay is part of the East Devon AONB and it’s on the South West Coast Path, as well as being within the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast, so pretty impressive all around, especially with the backdrop of green hills that roll off to Sidmouth in one direction and Budleigh Salterton in the other. Just up behind the beach is a holiday park; Ladram Bay is actually part of it so essentially the beach is private. The owners are nice people though and they don’t mind visitors stopping by at all, so if you’re planning on walking this way on the coast path, pack your swimsuit.
All information correct at the time of writing