|(under 1 mile from Higher Bowden)|
beach, less than a mile away, is Blackpool Sands (winner of the 2006 Resort Beach Award). This is a very popular and picturesque bay
with good family facilities including the award winning Venus Cafe (alfresco Mediterranean style dining experience in a UK beach setting),
shop, toilets with outside showers, sailing/windsurfing tuition and boat
hire, sand pits (the beach is fine shingle), and a freshwater paddling
and boating pond.
It is a relaxing & picturesque 20 minute walk to the beach down a
single track road alongside a babbling brook passing by a recently renovated mill.
Slapton Sands & Slapton Ley Nature Reserve
|(approx. 4 miles from Higher Bowden)|
Three mile strip of shingle beach. A long shingle beach ideal for taking a romantic walk as well as fishing. There is a tea shop and pub at the village of Torcross to warm you up!
Slapton Sands is also well known as the beach where many lives were lost during rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944.
Slapton Sands is also a wonderfully well kept kite surfing secret. Torcross, Slapton Beesands are the opposite side of the "start point" peninsular of the South Hams. East facing, these beaches provide an ideal kiting for all easterly wind directions from North to South.
Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve (NNR) is recognised as a wetland with an important place in Britain's natural heritage. The main feature is the Lower Ley, which is the largest natural lake in south-west England. Although it is only separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater. The bar itself is of geological interest, and harbours a wealth of colourful flowers in the summer.
Surrounding marshes, reed-beds and woodland add to the variety of habitats. These provide excellent feeding and breeding grounds for a rich and varied wildlife. Much is accessible by public footpath, and is a major attraction for birdwatchers and naturalists.
|(approx. 11 miles from Higher Bowden)|
Unspoilt East Portlemouth has the best of both worlds. Situated a stone's throw from bustling Salcombe on the opposite side of the estuary, East Portlemouth enjoys the quiet and peace of a small village surrounded by beautiful beaches, rolling Devon fields and the majestic National Trust Coast Path. Venus opens every day from Easter to the end of October.
South facing East Portlemouth enjoys the sun all through the day. Blessed with golden fine sand and three stunning beaches it is the perfect setting for a day on the beach.
|(approx. 15 miles from Higher Bowden)|
Stunning views and coastal walks
In the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty, Bigbury On Sea nestles in Bigbury Bay. Open every day (except 25th Dec).
It is surrounded by acres of perfectly fine sand, the unique Burgh Island and has spectacular views across some of the best South Hams' coastline. Undoubtedly one of the South Hams' most stunning beaches.
Bigbury On Sea offers the ideal family day out. Wonderful sand for a perfect day on the beach. One of the South Coast's best locations for windsurfing, canoeing and dramatic coastal walks.
For the adventure lovers, ride the unique sea tractor and explore historic Burgh Island .
Shallow waters for paddling. Rockpools for exploring. Lifeguards on duty during the season. Perfect for windsurfing, canoeing and boogie boarding, particularly at high tide. Water tested regularly.
Acres of golden sands at low tide. Perfect for sandcastles. Beach cleaned daily in the Summer