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To get there you have a 15-20 minute walk from the nearest car park, there are a few large puddles to negotiate and it can be very muddy if it has rained recently.
You’ll pass a small bird hide overlooking the lake, with information on the walls explaining the sort of wildlife that can be seen.
When I had the chance to head down with the camera unfortunately I didn’t think about the tide and it was in. The best time to go down would be on a low tide as it exposes the expanse of sand and you can get around to the small cove where there’s a small picturesque waterfall.
This is probably my favourite beach in the area as it’s usually nice and quiet. At times if your lucky, you can have the entire beach to yourself.
Mansands is a stunning secluded pebble beach and is best seen on low tide as it exposes the sand. Behind the beach is a brackish lake, a haven for all sorts of wildlife and a bird hide managed by the National Trust. Grass snakes inhabit the area around the lagoon and can occasionally be seen swimming in the water.
Given its rural location there are no facilities at the beach and swimmers should be aware of possible rip currents on the turning tide.
The Mansands Circular walk is 2 miles and a moderate walk with 2 steep ascents and 1 steep descent.
The approach road can be muddy and does have a few pot holes.
- By Car, About 1 mile from Brixham. From Hill head heading toward Kingswear past the campsite, take the turning for Coleton Fishacre. Follow this road passing a tree that’s in the middle of the road up hill and around to the left. Take the next left Woodhuish Lane signposted Mansands. Keep driving passing the car park for Scabbacombe, then Woodhuish farm, the car park is just past some barns. From here it’s about a 15 minute walk down to the beach.
- Walking, This is the only way to reach the beach, it can be muddy and a few large puddles to navigate. It’s located on the South West Coastal Path, so you can approach from Sharkham point or Kingswear, but both of these parts of the path are challenging with steep hills and steps.
- Rock Pooling
There are no facilities, so bring a picnic or bbq. Just remember to clean up after yourself.
- The approach road & walk can be muddy and does have a few pot holes.
- Not recommended for those with mobility problems.
- There are No facilities.
- There are No lifeguards.
Potential tidal cut-off, strong winds.
- Dogs allowed all year round.
Beach type: Sand and pebbles.