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|Elberry Cove (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
Close to Paignton is Elberry Cove, a small inlet with a small pebble beach. Far from the bustle of the main beaches, so you can relax without being disturbed by noisy crowds or amusement arcades. This is the designated beach for water skiing, so no swimming in the ski lane.
The beach can only be accessed on foot, so if you have the car with you, park at Broadsands and take a stroll along the coastal path. The scenery at Elberry Cove is beautiful; it’s framed by wooded hillsides and the sea is crystal clear and safe to swim in.
At one end of the beach you’ll find the remains of Lord Churston’s bathhouse, a romantic 18th century ruin. The building was once three storeys, with a thatched roof and a ground floor that would flood when the tide came in. This meant that Lord Churston and his guests could swim straight out into the sea through a gated doorway. The building also boasted an early version of a hot tub, with a fire heating up the seawater to warm swimmers after their dip.
Elberry Cove was one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots. Her holiday home at Greenway is not far away, and the cove even features in one of her novels, The ABC Murders, as the setting of Sir Carmichael Clarke’s untimely death. You'll find Elberry Cove on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.
Type: Rocky with shingle
Access: Not easy with a long uneven path steps and shingle beach.
Dogs are welcome all year round.
- Dogs Accepted
- Dogs Accepted
- Open All Year
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Agatha Christie Connnection
Parking & Transport
- Car parking - Car parking at Broadsands is a coastal walk from Elberry Cove
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Map & Directions
The nearest town is Brixham. The beach is accessed on foot from nearby Broadsands, which is just off the main road from Paignton to Brixham. Broadsands has a large Pay and Display car park.
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