Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Shell Cove a hidden gem tucked away behind Waterside Holiday Park just off the South West Coastal Path.
Tucked away behind Waterside Holiday Park is a well-known and often visited headland, but very few people know that hidden through the overgrown grass and hedges in the far left corner of the headland lie some steps that lead you down to a beautiful little tidal cove.
Not so long ago, many people would come here to climb and jump off what we all called Devil’s Armchair rock. You need to check the tide times as this cove completely disappears at high tide, but at low tide it is a stunning little bay with clear water. There is no sand, it’s shingle with a fair few large rocks creating a tiny sheltered inlet which is fantastic for swimming. If you like rock climbing then hop over the rocks as the beach has a longer patch on the other side of the cove. It’s highly likely that you will have this hidden gem all to yourself, who doesn’t likes lying on a deserted beach and swimming in clear blue water?
- Saltern Cove is Britain’s only designated underwater Local Nature Reserve, uniquely this nature reserve extends underwater to a point of 376 metres beyond the low water mark.
- The South West Coastal Path runs past the beach.
- Strong winds
- Tidal cut-off
- Unstable Cliffs
- Rock Pooling
There are no facilities, so bring a picnic or bbq. Just remember to clean up after yourself. There is a shop and pub at the Waterside holiday park nearby.
Accessed via set of steps from the coast path above.
- Disabled access No access with steps to get down to the beach.
- Car, There are a few spaces in the camp, though it’s best to check if it’s still free.
- Bus, get off the No. 12 at the Waterside Holiday Camp and walk through the camp down to the coastal path and under the railway bridge.
- Walking, via a field under a stone bridge for the steam railway from the South West coast path.
- This cove completely disappears at high tide
- There are No lifeguards.
- There are No facilities.
- Dogs are welcome all year round.
- Disabled access No access with large steps to get down to the beach.
- Beach type: Shingle with rocks and cliffs.
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