Situated at the mouth of the River Erme, south of Ivybridge on the South Devon coast lie the three sandy beaches of Mothecombe Meadowsfoot, Mothecombe Coastguards and Wonwell.
Southwest-facing the beach lies approximately halfway between Plymouth and the Salcombe Estuary.
Like Meadowsfoot beach to the southwest, Coastguard's beach is a large flat sandy expanse on the west bank of the Erme. The beach consists of fine golden sand and is a family favourite as well as a haunt for surfers and windsurfers. At low water it extends seaward far enough to join Meadowsfoot south of Owen's Point.
Coastguard's beach is named after the old Coastguard cottages located behind it. The beach is very flat and so once turned, the tide comes in quickly. As the River Erme lies behind you, there is a distinct chance of getting cut off by the tide if right at the mouth of the river. Take care and know the state of the tide before venturing too far.
Coastguard's beach is reached by following a metalled lane down from the large parking field at Mothecombe, payment is requested on entry prior to parking. The building at the top of the field is an old school house now a café with toilets. Unlike neighbouring Meadowsfoot, the beach is open every day.
The Erme Estuary lies within South Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), and is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It supports significant wildlife populations that are easiily disturbed. Please keep dogs under strict close control.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
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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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