Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Elberry Cove a pretty shingle beach, usually quiet with beautiful clear water and fantastic views.
Update: 5th March 2021
- Landslide behind the bath house
Unfortunately sometime over the weekend there has been a landslide behind the bath house. The bathhouse luckily has escaped any damage, but the kiln has been all but destroyed. You can still just about squeeze past ducking under the branches of the fallen tree to reach the steps and the flat rock.
It’s just a short walk from Broadsands car park beside the pitch & putt golf course along the coastal path to get down to the beach. This is a favourite among locals, especially dog walkers. If you plan on swimming then just be aware there is a water skiing lane, so please avoid this! In a corner of the beach are the remains of Lord Churstons bathhouse, an 18th century ruin, which looks out across Torbay.
You may even spot a seal in the water, they can often be seen basking on the rocks toward Churston Point.
Being quite a secluded beach, if your lucky you can often find yourself with the beach to yourself.
- Elberry Cove is important for its eelgrass beds, breeding grounds for native seahorses, as well as mussels that are farmed in the waters nearby.
- Sand is exposed but only with low tides that go out past the bath house.
- Deep shelving beach
- Falling Rocks
- Strong winds
At its eastern end are the ruins of Elberry bathhouse, which was built for Lord Churston in the 18th century. Standing three stories high, with the ground floor being flooded when the tide rose, the lord could swim into the sea through a gated doorway, preserving his dignity. The buildings also held a “hot-bath” room where seawater was heated and pumped in.
- According to local legend there were tunnels connecting the beach to the twelfth century Churston Court for use by smugglers.
- Bath House
- Jet Ski
- Stone Skimming
Broadsands Beach TQ4 6HX.
- Free parking is tricky, you can park on the single yellow lines after 6pm. You might be lucky to find somewhere at the end of Brunel Rd where it joins Lower Fowden, in the triangle cul-de-sac there is a walkway cut through to Elberry Lane which takes you to the beach.
- Ample parking is available at nearby Broadsands. From here it’s just a short walk across Churston Point on the coastal path around the golf course.
- If you plan on swimming then just be aware there is a water skiing lane, so please avoid this!
- There are No lifeguards.
- There are No facilities.
- Nearest toilets are at Broadsands.
- Dogs are welcome all year round.
Beach type: cove, shingle, pebbles, rock,
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