There are actually two beaches at Crownhill Bay, on the South Devon coast. Both southwest-facing, the northernmost beach is mainly sand with a few rocks whilst the southern beach is coarser with shingle and rock. There are excellent views across Plymouth Sound to the Breakwater, Mount Edgcumbe and Rame Head in Southeast Cornwall.
The northern beach at Crownhill Bay is also known as Sandy Parlour and lies below the Bovisand holiday park. Access is down 92 steep steps and involves a scramble over the rocks at the bottom.
Facilities include a beach shop selling body boards and wetsuits, a café and fish and chip shop. There is a public telephone and public conveniences are located in the car park - about 100 metres from the beach.
Crownhill Bay belongs to the Plymouth Sound Shores and Cliffs Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - The bedrock here is part of the Meadfoot Group - consisting of slate, siltstone and sandstone. The beach lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and also the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
A seasonal dog ban operates here meaning that dogs are not permitted on the beach at any time of day between 1st May and 30th September inclusive.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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