It’s not very often that you find a place that’ll last in your memory forever… today, we were lucky to find the beautiful Broadsands Beach.
Our stay at Watermouth Valley Camping Park
We were staying in Watermouth Valley Camping Park, just outside Combe Martin. We struck gold, again! After the delights of North Morte Farm, we didn’t think we’d find a view as breathtaking, but we were wrong. After checking in, we drove through the site to find another cliff-top pitch with a view to die for. I’m teling you, this part of Devon does not disappoint. We had views out towards Wales in one direction and over the neighbouring cliffs towards Watermouth Harbour in the other. Bliss.
You can take a look at the campsite’s website here:
Watermouth Valley Camping Park
Discovering Broadsands Beach
We noticed on the site map that we were right on the South West Coast Path and there was a path marked ‘to the beach’. We packed our bags, grabbed the beach gear and headed off. After a short work out of the campsite we found ‘THE’ view point; down below was the most serene looking beach I had ever seen.
This was our first view of Broadsands Beach. The view looked like the front cover of a Lonely Planet magazine, showcasing a hidden mediterranean hideaway… no wait, this is Devon! There was also a pretty sailing boat moored in the bay, which added to the charm. The crystal waters were glistening in the sun; I couldn’t wait to dip my toes in.
We were looking down at the beach from quite a height, so we knew it was going to be a climb – 239 steps to be exact. It’s pretty steep, but the steps do meander down the cliffside and there is a handrail in parts. Trust me, it’s worth it when you get to the bottom (even though you will have to climb back up!!)
This beach is one of my favourite places. It’s simply stunning. Everything comes together to make this place special – the perfect curved bay, the turquoise sea, interesting rock caves and formations, trees, wildlife… need I go on? When the tide is out the large sand bar is exposed which creates a walkway through to the other side of the headland, with views towards Combe Martin. When the tide comes in, separate coves are formed, so you do need to watch the tide times.
This is a great place to explore, and if you have a kayak or SUP, you get to see this wonderful beach from a whole different angle.
As you can probably tell, I’m smitten.