Blackpool Sands – A Taste of the Med in Devon
Fancy a day at the beach? How about a fun outing to Blackpool Sands? Located just 8 miles from Galmpton, the Sands sit in a sheltered bay protected from the elements amongst a wonderland abound with pines. South Devon has many natural treasures, and this is undoubtedly one of the most attractive of them all.
The award-winning Shingle Beach is privately managed and boasts a turquoise sea more commonly associated with the Mediterranean. As a Blue Flag family beach the safety and quality of the water are excellent and meet the highest environmental standards, with the beach being cleaned daily during the main season.
Blackpool Sands is mainly comprised of pebbles and shells – which has the added advantage of protecting you (and you lunch) from getting covered in sand, and you don’t have to venture very far out from shore to enjoy a swim. You can launch kayaks and windsurfers right at the shoreline, with kayaks, surfskis, boogie boards wet suits and snorkeling gear available to hire if you want to give the water activities a try.
At this time of year there are lifeguards patrolling the beach to keep everyone safe, but unfortunately during high season dogs aren’t allowed so your canine companion will have to sit this one out. You can buy hot & cold drinks at The Venus Beach Café, which also has a selection of local, organic food, and The Venus Beach Shop sells beach items and games to keep the kids entertained.
Sand Pits are available right through the summer until October, and the Bathing Raft is open until the end of August, whilst throughout the month there are Beach School Days for the kids to enjoy where they can build a mini-raft or shelter and play beach games on the sand. There is also Tribal clash event from the 21st to the 23rd August which features a series of high intensity challenges.
Blackpool Sands is about three miles from Dartmouth on the A379 coastal road – you’ll find it between Stoke Fleming and Strete.
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