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Scabbacombe Sands

Scabbacombe Sands lie just to the northeast of Kingswear and the estuary of the river Dart on the coast of South Devon.

East-facing, the beach consists of pebbles and sand and is accessed via a quite taxing walk of about three-quarters of a mile (1 km.) from the car park at Woodhuish.

Having trod the path, visitors will be repaid handsomely with views of the picturesque cove. The beach is not usually very busy and so it allows the chance to sit and relax without too much going on around you.

It should be noted that Scabbacombe Sands is used by naturists as well as clothed beachgoers (textiles), so please take this into account before visiting.

There are no facilities here. Scabbacombe Sands beach is dog friendly with dogs allowed all year round.

The National Trust house and gardens of Coleton Fishacre, once home to the D'Oyly Carte family, lies just a short distance away to the southwest as does Kingswear and Dartmouth. To the north lies Brixham and the other resorts of Torbay.


 Sandy beach


 Dogs permitted

 Interesting geology

OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Kingswear, Dartmouth, Brixham and Broadsands.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

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:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Brixham, Paignton, Newton Abbot and Kingsbridge.

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