Enjoy a virtual tour of Fairy Cove. Tucked away behind Paignton harbour Fairy Cove is very well sheltered from Southwesterly winds, popular with local families and dog walkers.
Update: 25th May 2020
- added standard sunset images
This is great place to sit and enjoy a BBQ and do some rock pooling or snorkeling. If you’re around for the Regatta fireworks, then this is one of the best places you can view them. Just be aware the tide does cut off the rocks and also the steps up to Paignton harbour, but there’s always the steps to the gardens and car park to the rear of the beach.
Ever since a few of us enjoyed a holiday or two in Thailand we decided to have our own mini Full Moon party each year either in July or August and so far this has been the perfect spot.
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.
- Tidal cut-off
- Falling Rocks
- BBQ (Remember to take your rubbish away with you)
- Rock pooling.
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.
- Free parking I would try finding a place in Cliff Road.
- Just be aware the tide does cut off the rocks and also the harbour steps.
- 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