Five secret North Devon beaches to escape the bank holiday crowds

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Want to find a spot away from the crowds? Here are five of North Devon’s secret beaches to explore this bank holiday weekend.

Last year we published the ‘secret seven’ – North Devon beaches worth going the extra mile for to escape the summer crowds.

From Barricane beach and Rockham, to Woody Bay and the far end of Northam Burrows, we sussed out the best secret spots to check out.

But now we’re back for a second instalment, with five more secret North Devon beaches you might want to check out this bank holiday weekend.

Southcliffe Beach, Valley of the Rocks

The Valley of the Rocks is a truly stunning place to explore, as crowds travel from far and wide to hop between the Jurassic-looking structures.

But a lesser known cove is waiting around the corner for you to take a dip and cool off after running around the rocks.

Stroll a mile or so to the left of the Valley of the Rocks, follow the coastal path and descend down the steps to find the beautiful, secluded Southcliffe Beach.

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Lee Bay

Some two miles away from the busy seaside resort of Ilfracombe, you’ll find the beautiful and rugged Lee Bay.

Here you can enjoy a dip in the ocean, ramble in the rock pools, and marvel at the coastline in the peace and quiet.

It’s a beautiful little village and the imposing coastlines make it a lovely place to explore with the whole family.


Nestled away from the crowds, Peppercombe Valley is hidden away near Horns Cross and is bustling with wildlife and beautiful views,

The secluded woodland runs down to the rocky beach, surrounded by striking red sandstone cliffs.

It’s the perfect place for a post-hike picnic or leisurely walks, and at low tide it’s a beautiful place for a bit of rockpooling.


Mouthmill, near Clovelly, is a remote rugged beach, with fearsome looking jagged rocks and the striking Blackchurch Rock.

Perfect for photographers and ramblers alike, Mouthmill is a plethora of rockpools, and there is also a small stream and lime kiln to explore.

If you want an extra special addition to the day, walk through Brownsham Woods, especially when the bluebells are in season.

Rapparee Beach

If you don’t mind descending a few steps, then Rapparee Beach near Ilfracombe is worth the climb down and back up.

Tucked away round the corner from Ilfracombe Harbour, the beach is a small sandy cover which is only revealed at low tide.

There is a small sandy patch surrounded by rocks, and it’s a lovely quiet spot at the foot of the Hillsborough cliffs.

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