South Devon is renowned for its beautiful coastline and sandy beaches. Hope Cove is no exception.
The drive down through sunken lanes can get busy during the peak summer months but it’s well worth a spot of reversing here and there! This South Hams holiday hotspot has two pretty beaches between Bolt Tail and the stretch of coastline along to South Milton.
Hope Cove is a village of two halves
Inner Hope with its old lifeboat station, slipway and Harbour Beach and Outer Hope with Mouthwell Sands. Both Hope Cove beaches are sandy so perfect for children to play on.
Mouthwell Sands in Outer Hope Cove is a beautiful sandy beach with RNLI lifeguards present every day from 9th July until the 4 September between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
There’s a public pay and display car park just opposite the beach so it’s perfect if you have young children and lots of beach paraphernalia! The soft sandy beach provides the ideal picnic spot so just kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes while the children build sandcastles and paddle on the shore.
This west facing beach can get some reasonable surf when the weather’s right so get a couple of bodyboards and catch the waves. Kids will love the small stream which runs down the beach into the sea, a great spot for dam building! It’s also great for rockpooling! Please note: There is a seasonal dog ban at Mouthwell Beach between May and September.
Harbour beach is buzzing during the summer months, a popular spot with paddle boarders, kayakers and dinghy sailors. It’s also an excellent spot for wild swimming and the more adventurous water lovers can cling to the coast and swim to Pilchard Cove, alternatively head out on the paddleboard or kayak in search of a little peace and quiet. The gin clear waters are awash with sea life and the eagle eyed amongst you may spot seals in the cove or dolphins in the distance. Look out for jellyfish as the sea temperature rises as they head in carried by the warmer waters. Harbour Beach is dog friendly all year round but dogs should be kept on leads, please.
Hope Cove beaches in a nutshell (or should we say seashell)
Great for rockpooling, dam building, catching the waves, swimming, and sandcastles. There are lifeguards during the summer months, so especially great for families or those with little ones. Mouthwell Sands is close to pubs and a car park and there is a useful slipway down to the beach for easy access.
A dog friendly beach in Hope Cove, great for paddleboarding, kayaking, wild swimming, and spotting sea life. It’s just a short walk between Inner and Outer Hope so you can spend time on both. And, with the water quality designated as excellent by the Environment Agency, Hope Cove beaches remain a firm favourite for a dip amongst the Salcombe Finest team.
Where to stay
If you want to experience the beauty of Hope Cove’s beaches, be sure to find yourself an equally as beautiful place to stay! Dusky Cottage is an idyllic self-catering cottage, just a short walk down a country lane from Hope Cove’s sandy bay. This cottage has more than charm. The kitchen is equipped with a stunning Aga, making it especially cosy during the colder months, and outside in the sheltered garden, you can find a wooden hot tub and gas fire pit.