Beesands lies on the South coast of Devon on Start Bay, north of Hallsands and south of Torcross.
Also known as Bee Sands, it is a long east-facing shingle beach fronting an attractive fishing village. The small triangular freshwater lake of Widdicombe Ley lies just north of the village, its name thought to derive from the fact that it supplied withies (stems of willow) since the time of William the Conqueror.
The north of the beach is dominated by the former Beesands Quarry, now in the stewardship of the National Trust. The coast path turns inland here to skirt the quarry before resuming its route northwards to meet the sea once more at Torcross.
Not really a bucket and spade beach, Beesands is still a picturesque beach that is well worth a visit, as is the nearby ruined village at Hallsands.
Beesands boasts good facilities including a playground for children and areas suitable for picnics. There is the 'Britannia Shellfish' seafood café and the highly regarded 'Cricket Inn' here for refreshment.
Beesands is a dog friendly beach - they are allowed on the beach all year round.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon
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