Courtesy & © Mark Tremain
Ayrmer Cove is a small southwest facing beach of coarse yellow-grey sand and some shingle near Ringmore on the coast of South Devon.
Roughly halfway between the mouth of the River Erme at Wonwell and Bigbury-on-Sea, the beach lies between rocks and grey cliffs and is cut by a stream. At low tide a number of large rock pools are uncovered offering younger members of your group the chance to explore the local fauna.
The beach has good access via a relaxing half mile walk down from the National Trust car park. The path known locally as Smugglers' Lane. Quite sheltered, Ayrmer Cove is usually a quieter alternative to Challaborough (1 mile) or Bigbury-on Sea (3 miles) to the southeast or Mothecombe and Wonwell to the northwest.
Dogs are permitted all year round. All the usual facilities are available in the nearby village of Ringmore. For dog walkers, the local pub, the 'Journey's End Inn' is a dog friendly pub, and nearby Bigbury is also a dog friendly beach.
For geologists the cliffs and rocks may prove interesting: they are grey slates with strange mottling or variegation with decomposed calcareous fossiliferous seams. Investigation of the pebbles on the beach will show some granite and flint pebbles too.
Image copyright and courtesy of TheBigMan63 (Mark Tremain).
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon
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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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