Rockham Beach, Mortehoe
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Rockham Beach is a small west-facing sandy beach situated on the North Devon coast about a mile from the village of Mortehoe.
Approximately halfway between Morte Point in the southwest and Bull Point in the northeast, the beach consists of a mixture of sand and shingle and is cut by rocky ridges. The surrounding slaty cliffs are tilted almost vertical and are often photographed.
The Morte Point area is highly significant in a number of ways. It lies within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is also a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Morte Point was designated for its maritime heath communities and also as a geological SSSI. Mortehoe also forms the extreme north-western part of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Access is along a signed footpath from Mortehoe Village, about a mile away. There are no toilets at the beach, with the nearest public conveniences located in the village. The long walk required and lack of facilities ensures that the beach is seldom crowded.
The cliffs are unstable so please do not sit directly below them due to rock falls.
UPDATE: Access to Rockham Beach was lost following the severe storms of February 2014. There are plans to rebuild the steps but currently ROCKHAM BEACH IS CLOSED.
Around the area there are several accommodation options. One such option is the North Morte Farm Caravan and Camping Park to the north of the village.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Interesting geology
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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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