Anstey's Cove beach lies between Torquay and Babbacombe on the South Devon coast.
East-facing the small cove lies just to the east of the Palace Hotel and is sandwiched between Black Head and Long Quarry Point.
A large car park feeds both Anstey's Cove and its northerly neighbour Redgate Beach, with a raised walkway around Devil's Point connecting the beaches.
The small shingle beach is tucked away between high cliffs and is approached via a steep path from the car park. The cove is usually quiet and is very picturesque. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Torquay!
Incidentally, Anstey's Cove was a favourite spot of local author Agatha Christie. The surrounding area is now a wildlife reserve.
There is no lifeguard cover and parking is about a quarter of a mile (200 metres) away on Anstey's Cove Road (Pay and Display). Toilets are seasonal and are located in the café. Dog friendly, dogs are allowed all year round.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
OS Explorer Map 110: Torquay & Dawlish
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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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