Explore Blue Flag Beaches in the South West of England

Think rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, great surf and sparkling blue seas, the wild moors of Dartmoor to the Somerset Levels and the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, the South West has plenty to offer. With a lively arts scene, great local food and walking and cycling opportunities galore.

Alum Chine, Bournemouth

Alum Chine

This sandy beach, situated at the opening to one of the famous Chines found in Bournemouth, features a good range of facilities including beach chalets, ... More

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Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands

A lovely picturesque cove at the northern end of Start Bay, set in the beautiful South Hams countryside. This unspoilt crescent of coarse golden sand ... More

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Branksome Chine, Poole

Branksome Chine

This gradually sloping beach of fine golden sand makes this a good choice for families with young children. Along the promenade is a popular café ... More

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Breakwater Beach, Torbay

Breakwater Beach

Close to the amenities of Torbay, Breakwater beach is a small shingle beach situated by the pretty Brixham harbour. Providing good access to the water ... More

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Broadsands Beach, Torbay

Broadsands Beach

The long sandy beach, of Broadsands is a favourite spot for families. Situated away from the amusement arcades in an idyllic rural location, the gently ... More

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Canford Cliffs Chine, Poole

Canford Cliffs Chine

A peaceful spot, with fine sands this beach offers an escape for the locals away from bussle of busier tourists areas of Poole. The water ... More

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Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay

A family friendly beach, Carbis Bay is approximately 1 mile length and because of its north by northeast facing rarely gets surf. The centre of ... More

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Challaborough Bay

Challaborough Bay

A fine sandy beach, Challaborough is situated in a sheltered horseshoe-shaped cove. A great family location with plenty of rock pools to explore, the coastal ... More

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Dawlish Warren Beach

Dawlish Warren Beach

A lovely family beach with miles of sand dunes and an internationally recognised nature reserve. Plenty of facilities and free summer entertainments, and also the ... More

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Durley Chine, Bournemouth

Durley Chine

A golden sandy beach ideal for families looking for a fun day out with plenty to do. The beach has a bouncy castle and children’s ... More

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Fisherman's Walk, Bournemouth

Fisherman's Walk

A popular sand and shingle beach great for families, providing good bathing, with lifeguards and a safe swimming zone. The beach is easy to access ... More

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Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach is a wonderfully typical family resort beach set on the south coast of Cornwall and gently warmed by the waters of the Gulf ... More

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Meadfoot Beach, Torbay

Meadfoot Beach

Away from the crowds, this small stretch of shingle beach neatly positioned beneath spectacular cliffs, is popular with locals and visitors.  Overlooking the beach is ... More

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Oddicombe Beach, Torbay

Oddicombe Beach

Sheltered below dramatic red sandstone cliffs, the shingle beach at Oddicombe is a stunning location to visit; providing superb views, good water sports facilities from ... More

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Paignton Beach, Torbay

Paignton Beach

A superb beach for keeping the family entertained, Paignton beach is a long stretch of red sand running either side of Paignton Pier. The shallow ... More

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Polzeath Beach

Polzeath Beach

One of the best places for surfing in Cornwall, Polzeath beach has lots to offer, with wetsuit and surf board hire, lifeguards on duty and ... More

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Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach

The sandy shoreline of Porthmeor is a real draw for surfers and perfect for families too. The emphasis may be on water sports but with ... More

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Porthminster Beach

Porthminster Beach

Lovely fine sand, palm trees and sub-tropical shrubs give Porthminister a Mediterranean feel. The safe bathing makes it a perfect choice for families and the ... More

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Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan Beach

A great beach for families and surfers, Porthtowan Beach is set within a magnificent bay backed by steep cliffs on north coast of Cornwall. A ... More

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Sandbanks Peninsular, Poole

Sandbanks Peninsular

A lovely family friendly beach that gradually slopes away, ensuring it is safe for small children. The fine golden sand and a good range of ... More

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Sandy Bay Beach, Exmouth

Sandy Bay Beach

A sheltered beach, perfect for families, Sandy Bay Beach in Exmouth is great for rock-pooling, swimming and a variety of water sports. The privately owned ... More

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Shore Road Beach, Poole

Shore Road Beach

Shore Road beach is a popular sandy beach adjoining Sandbanks peninsula. It has an excellent selection of facilities and wonderful scenic views to the Purbecks. ... More

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South Sands, Salcombe

South Sands

South Sands beach is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty located near the entrance to Salcombe Harbour. The Estuary is also a Site of ... More

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Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth

Southbourne Beach

If you are looking for a quieter beach Southbourne is fits the bill. This sandy beach is popular with bathers due to the fact it ... More

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Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches

A real gem of a location, offering a network of hand carved tunnels which lead to sheltered beaches and a Victorian tidal swimming pool.  Whether ... More

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Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

The two miles of golden sands of Westward Ho! Linked by it’s famous pebble ridge to the Northam Burrows Country Park, form part of the ... More

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