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Comprised of red sand and shingle with red sandstone cliffs at the back. At low tide the beach is separated from the sea by flat rocks with interesting rock pools to explore. The location is popular with divers and snorkelers as their is a lot of marine life and after a few days of calm weather visibility can be great. There are numerous inlets and small caverns leading to open water on the right hand side. Also look out for the remains of the 3 wrecks that came to grief here. The only wreckage you are likely to find is metal plates from the German Torpedo boat destroyer – between 1 & 200 yards from the beach.
- BBQ (Remember to take your rubbish away with you)
- Rock pooling.
There are no facilities on the beach itself, but Paignton Harbour is close by with a range of cafes, shops and public toilets.
Harbour, S Quay, Paignton TQ4 6DT. Fairy Cove is situated between Paignton Harbour and Roundham Head. It can be accessed via a set of steps from the gardens on Roundham Head or via another set of steps over the wall of the harbour near the Harbour Master’s Office.
- Car, Roundham Pay and Display Car Park close by with limited on-street parking around the harbour. For free parking I would try finding a place in Cliff Road.
- Nearest public toilets are Paignton Harbour Toilets. Nearest cafes and shops around Paignton Harbour.
- For free parking I would try finding a place in Cliff Road.
- Disabled access is Difficult.
- There are No lifeguards.
- Lifebuoy on the Harbour wall.
- Dogs are welcome all year round.
Beach type: Shingle and sand with rocks and cliffs