This beautiful beach requires a bit of an adventurous spirit to reach it, but being able to pretend it’s your own private cove is more than worth it! You will only cover a couple of km at most but the ground is rough and steep in places, so not for little legs or wheels. Dogs are allowed on the beach here all year round though so it’s a great place to head if you want to give them a good run and chance to swim.
Salcombe Mouth beach is only reachable via footpaths – either local footpaths from the village of Salcombe Regis or via the main South West Coast Path. Much of the land around this part of the coast is managed by the National Trust who have a car park at nearby Salcombe Hill.
We walked from Salcombe Regis church who kindly allow walkers to park in their car park for a donation to its upkeep. From the car park you follow the lane downhill (clear signage stating no vehicle access to the beach should be acknowledged!) until it turns into a public footpath ahead of you (don’t take the uphill footpath to the right).
The footpath takes you straight across a couple of fields, before you come to a bridge on your left. This can be used to create a circular walk on your return, but to continue down to the sea, go past this and take the gate in the bottom left corner which leads on to steep steps. The steps are tricky for young children/wearing a sling and would be very difficult for those with joint issues.
The beach has a small stream with waterfall leading on to it, which is perfect for little ones and dogs to paddle in. There is lots of space to explore and lots of driftwood logs to climb on.
On your return to the car, you can cross the bridge (signed to Weston Mouth ‘the donkey sanctuary beach’) on your right at the end of the first field to follow the footpath uphill to Combe Wood Farm and then their track back to the lane you started on. (Or just retrace your original steps).