Soar Mill Cove, Salcombe, Devon

Soar Mill Cove is one of the remote and small sandy beaches on the coast of South Devon, between Salcombe and Hope Cove. It’s very much an idyllic coastal landscape where rolling countryside leads down through the fields to the beach, sheltered by towering grey-black rocks on either side. Access isn’t the easiest – it’s a 15 minute walk from the car park, or slightly longer on the South West Coast Path from Bolberry Down; the only other way to get here is by kayak or boat around the headland from Salcombe.

You shouldn’t let that dampen your determination because the journey is well worth the effort. It’s the kind of place you can escape to for a while and because the access isn’t so easy, it never seems to get crowded. Make a morning, an afternoon or even a whole day of it, take a big picnic with you – egg sarnies, sausage rolls, and lashings of lemonade, Famous Five style, because that’s what it’s like here.

If you don’t want to risk sand in your sandwiches, book a table in the restaurant at Soar Mill Cove Hotel and if the sun is well over the yardarm treat yourselves to the indulgence of a Devon cream tea – freshly baked scones, homemade raspberry jam, a big dollop of clotted cream and fresh strawberries. Don’t worry about counting the calories, think of it as something well earned after the walk back up over the cliffs.  

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Soar Mill Cove year round.

All information correct at the time of writing

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