Man Sands lies on the South coast of Devon, just to the southwest of Sharkham Point near Brixham.
A mixture of pebbles and shingle, the east facing beach is protected from the southerly storms by Crabrock Point, and sits at the seaward end of a small river valley.
The beach extends northeast to Southdown Cliff and some sand is exposed at low tide. The northeastern section of beach tends to be rockier however.
The beach is rarely deserted due to its proximity to Brixham and also the fact that the former Coastguard cottages at the end of Woodhuish Lane have been converted into holiday accommodation. Man Sands is cut by a small river that runs from the marshy area just behind the beach. It also features an old disused lime kiln tucked away near the steps from the path to the beach.
Quite pretty, in its own way, the beach is accessed via a rough half mile (1 km.) or so track from the car park at the top of Woodhuish Lane.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
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