With its 500-plus miles of sweeping coastline and over 100 beautiful beaches, holidays in Devon are seldom without plenty of time spent down by the sea.

Of course, just like fish & chips, the beach and summer holidays are pretty much synonymous, and we completely agree that Devon is a dream destination in the warmer seasons.

Except for one thing. Locals to the South West and experts in coastal holidays, the Luxury Coastal team are unanimous that a Devon break during the quieter months is just as wonderful. Why? Because our beautiful coastline is near-perfect all year round and unlike during the warmer months, you’ll have lots more space all to yourself for walks, swims and moody sea views.

Here, the team share their favourite coastal spots for the cooler seasons along with what they think makes them so special.

Elberry Cove – Best for seaglass finds

A truly beautiful place, this cove tucks itself round the headland and just out of sight of Paignton’s popular Broadsands Beach. Crystal clear waters make it a top pick for sea swimming, and you’ll often see small groups braving the cold temperatures. The beach is solely made up of large white pebbles which contrasts the colours of the sea and sky and it’s here that you’ll discover a trove of wave tumbled reassures ranging from cloudy whites to faded blues and greens.

The Breakwater – Best for family fishing

Thanks to its long maritime history and famous fish quay, Brixham and 'fishing' go hand in hand. Set at the far end of the marina on the opposite side of the harbour, a huge breakwater extends for 2 miles out to sea which is capped with a small lighthouse. Fishing here is great fun for all the family and is best done just off the Breakwater’s shingle beach on the outer wall. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a few mackerel for supper but best grab a cod and chips on the way home just in case.

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Image: Brixham Breakwater 

Slapton Ley – Best for winter birdlife

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning scenery, the South Hams is top of many a Devon visitor’s wish list. Just outside the village of Torcross, Slapton Ley is a lagoon separated from the bay by a narrow shingle beach known as Slapton Sands, and is the largest natural freshwater lake in the south west of England. Not only wonderful for walking, but this is also THE place for birdwatching. Enthusiasts can expect to see Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs which are regular wintering birds in this area, as well a few other species including the Common Kingfisher.

Torcross  - Best for fish & chips with a view

This shingle stretch is a local favourite for many reasons not least of which is an away-from-it-all atmosphere. It does however have another ace up its sleeve and that is the very popular Start Bay Inn which sits just a couple of metres from the shoreline. Serving fantastically fresh local seafood, you can enjoy a delectable bite to eat with an amazing sea view before heading out into the elements for a brisk but scenery-laden stroll.

Saunton Sands – Best for blustery dog walks

If you (like us) are dog owners, then you’ll agree there’s nothing better than a beach walk with your bestie. That moment when you take off the lead to watch them charge down towards the water with reckless abandonment is a lovely thing. With miles and miles of space to run free, Saunton Sands has got to be one of the best places for dog walking in Devon. And with the added bonus of the beautiful Braunton Burrows dune system as a backdrop, wintery escapades here are a dream for both you and your pups.

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Image: Saunton Sands 

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