Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Mansands Beach a stunning secluded beach very few people, even locals realise it exists just a mile from Brixham. Behind the beach is a brackish lagoon which is a haven for birds and there are information boards 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.
Update: 31st March 2021
- added low tide, the new walk behind the lagoon, cider mill & car park 360 images
This is one of my favourite beaches in the area as it’s usually nice and quiet and if your lucky you can have the entire beach to yourself. The walk down to the beach takes around 15-20 minutes and can be a little slippery in places, especially after rain so take care. It is possible to drive down if you have a 4×4, but there is only room for a few vehicles. On your left as your walk down there is a small bird hide overlooking the lagoon, with information on the walls explaining the sort of wildlife that can be seen in the valley. 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.
It can get very windy and the sand hitting your face can hurt, at times we had to walk backward with our backs to the wind. However on a normal sunny day it’s a perfect place to sit and enjoy a BBQ, there are bins provided by the National Trust usually kept inside the Kiln. Remember whatever you carry down you’ll have to carry it all back up again, so best not to bring heavy stuff. While there we saw people paddle boarding and some horse riders came on by. There were people setting up camp to spend the night, with next to no light pollution I imagine it would be an amazing place to stay on a clear summers night for stargazing.
Just beyond the car park heading back toward Brixham there is an old cider mill being refurbished by the National Trust. They have replanted the valley opposite with apple trees and hope that cider can be made at Woodhuish once more.
Mansands is a stunning secluded pebble beach in Woodhuish, just outside of Brixham, Devon, UK. Behind the beach is a brackish lagoon, 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.
- Strong currents
- Strong winds
- Tidal cut-off
- Unstable Cliffs
- Bird Hide
- Circular Walk
- Old Cider Mill
- Paddle Boarding
- Rock Pooling
- Scabbacombe Beach
- Sharkham Point
There are no facilities, so bring a picnic or bbq. Just remember to clean up after yourself and take your rubbish with you.
To get down to the beach you have a moderate 15-20 minute walk from the nearest car park. Mostly dirt track and cobble all the way down, there can be a few large puddles to negotiate and it can be very muddy if it has recently rained.
- 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. It is possible to drive down if you have a 4×4, but there is only room for a few vehicles.
- 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 Scabbacombe Beach in the direction of Kingswear, but both of these parts of the path are challenging with steep hills and steps.
- The approach road & walk can be muddy and does have a few pot holes.
- It is possible to drive down if you have a 4×4, but there is only room for a few vehicles.
- Best at low tide as it exposes sand, high tide it’s mainly shingle.
- Not recommended for those with mobility problems.
- Just beyond the car park heading back toward Brixham there is an old cider mill being refurbished by the National Trust.
- Potential Hazards: Strong currents, Tidal cut-off, falling rocks.
- There are No facilities.
- There are No lifeguards.
- Potential tidal cut-off, strong winds.
- Dogs allowed all year round.
- Beach type: Sand and pebbles.
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