If you’re looking for a slice of the Mediterranean while visiting North Devon then Broadsands is your answer! This beautiful secluded cove is a truly idyllic spot nestled between Watermouth Cove and Combe Martin.
However… you’ll want to be fit to experience it! There are approximately 220 steps down to the beach and boy are they steep. You’ll certainly reap the rewards of your efforts when you reach the bottom though, so make sure you persevere.
If you’re looking to visit, then I recommend parking in the Watermouth Harbour car park, which will also perfectly place you to explore a couple of other beauty spots too! It’ll cost you a couple of pounds but you’ll get ample time for exploring the surrounding area in return.
If you arrive around lunchtime, then check out the boat cafe, Storm in a Teacup. Whether you fancy a Devonshire cream tea or a toasted sandwich, there will be something that takes your fancy. Perch on one of the rainbow coloured benches and watch as the boats leave and enter the harbour while you enjoy a local delicacy.
Once you’re refuelled and ready to go, you’ll want to find the coast path, which is out towards the main road. It’ll take you through the Watermouth Cove Holiday Park and honestly, if you’re into camping, you won’t get much better views for a pitch than right here!
You’ll start to head up quite a steep hill, before quickly reaching the breathtaking vantage point, which overlooks Broadsands beach. When the tide is in, it’s hard to believe you’re actually still in England, as it literally looks like a scene from an exotic holiday brochure. This spot makes the perfect photo opportunity making your friends at home very jealous!
Now, you’ll probably be wondering how to actually get down to the beach, as you will seem extremely high up! However, if you continue to follow the path down the country lane, you will eventually pass the sign-post for Broadsands. This is where you’ll want to brace yourself for the descent (although it’s certainly harder on the way up)!
Varying stone and wooden steps will lead you down to the grey sands, with glimpses of glistening blue sea enticing you through the tree tops. As you’ll most likely have worked up a sweat, this will be the moment when you won’t want to have forgotten your swimming gear! The clear water lapping the shores will be so inviting that you’ll want to jump straight in.
If the tide isn’t fully in then you will be able to walk around the corner to find breathtaking views of Combe Martin and Little Hangman. A number of local outdoor adventure companies do offer kayaking and paddle board activities if you wish to experience this area from the ocean.
I won’t tell you too much more, as it’s best seen with your own eyes, but hopefully this gives you a small insight into this wonderful hidden treasure!
If you’re not one to sit and relax, then you can continue to follow the coast path into Combe Martin, where you’ll find another beach, in the village which claims to have the longest high street in the country. I did this walk earlier in the summer and made sure to reward myself with a peanut butter ice cream on arrival!
I also can’t write this blog post without mentioning the lookout tower at Watermouth. This is another gorgeous landmark that I only discovered myself during lockdown this summer. Isn’t it amazing how many places have been right under our noses this whole time? When you return to the car park, you simply follow the coast path up towards the right hand side of the harbour, to get a birds eye view of the surrounding coastline.
This area is one of my absolute favourites and I can’t wait to tell you more about a nearby walk I discovered a few months ago – so keep yours eyes peeled as I’ll be posting about this on the blog very soon!
Have you ever visited any of these beauty spots in Devon? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you’ve been or are planning a trip here! Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more regular updates on my exploring around this beautiful county.