Stunning Devon beaches named among the UK's best

Sundown at Saunton Sands
Sunset at Saunton Sands -Credit:North Devon Journal

Two Devon beaches have been named among the best in the UK with the top seven of a new list all being in the South West. The Telegraph has put together an extensive list of the best beaches to visit this summer, and two Devon spots are in the top five.

East Portlemouth and Saunton Sands are no strangers to a 'best beaches' list, with expanses of golden sands and crystal-clear water. As well as the two in Devon, the top three on the list were just a stone's throw away in Cornwall.

When it comes to beautiful beaches, the South West dominates the list with our incredibly stunning and unmistakable shores. Other regions like Norfolk, Pembrokeshire and North Lancashire also feature in the top ranks, each offering its own unique blend of natural beauty and local charm.

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Telegraph travel experts have handpicked their favourite beaches across the British Isles. Some are well-known, located along the popular coastlines of Devon and Cornwall and others are hidden gems, tucked away in the Highlands or the Hebrides. Here's The Telegraph's top 20:

  • Par, Isles of Scilly

  • Pedn Vounder, Cornwall

  • Polzeath, Cornwall

  • East Portlemouth, Devon

  • Saunton Sands, Devon

  • Seatown, Dorset

  • Clevedon, Somerset

  • Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

  • Rottingdean, East Sussex

  • St Margaret's Bay, Kent

  • Walberswick, Suffolk

  • Brancaster, Norfolk

  • Morecambe North, Lancashire

  • Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

  • Cocklawburn and Cheswick, Northumberland

  • Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

  • Penbryn, Ceredigion

  • Elie Harbour, Fife

  • Silver Sands of Morar, Highland

  • Scarista Beach, Isle of Harris

East Portlemouth

Secluded East Portlemouth beach
Secluded East Portlemouth beach -Credit:Venus Company

Nestled within one of Devon's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounded by wooded hills, East Portlemouth is home to three beautiful sandy beaches - Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay. Located opposite the yacht-filled resort of Salcombe, these beaches are much quieter than their more famous and easily accessible neighbours, which can get quite crowded at high tide during the warmer months.

The most convenient way to reach them is by hopping on a charming, small passenger ferry that regularly travels between East Portlemouth and Salcombe. The swimming conditions are safe and clean, attracting kayakers, paddle boarders and families with young children. Plus, they're dog-friendly all year round. To ensure you have ample space, plan your visit during low tide

Saunton Sands

Sundown at Saunton Sands
Sunset at Saunton Sands -Credit:North Devon Journal

This magnificent three-mile expanse of sand, backed by England's largest sand dune system, has been the setting for films such as Edge of Tomorrow and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, as well as Robbie Williams' music video for Angels. Braunton Burrow's dune system, home to over 400 unique plant species, is part of the North Devon Unesco Biosphere Reserve and offers 1,500 acres of dunes for play, hide or snooze.

Although there's no lifeguard, the beach slopes gently, providing relatively safe swimming conditions. Despite not being a secluded suggestion, its vastness ensures that even in the peak of summer, if you're up for a walk, there's plenty of room for a game of football, frisbee or beach volleyball.

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