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About Beesands

Here in Beesands narrow lanes rise swiftly up steep cliffs from a small beach-side fishing village showing a delightful mix match of old cottages fronted by a strip of softly shelving sand and shingle. It was over the cliffs to Beesands that villagers fled on that fateful night in 1917 when this old fishing hamlet was fortunate to escape the vicious seas lashing neighbouring Hallsands. The ferocity of gales along this coast is well known, it has been so for thousands of years. The village has been the home of fishermen for centuries, it was first recorded as a small community in the 16th-century and by the middle to the end of the 19th-century there were dozens of fishing boats working off Beesands beach, hauling in catches of crab, lobster, eel and cod.

Just as the village had prospered during the 19th and early 20th-century, so it was to suffer from the decline of the fishing industry and the storm which lashed its shores in 1979. Today, fishing from Beesands is mostly for the benefit of the tourist trade on which the village relies for its survival. Some commercial boats do go out to sea, returning to sell their catch locally to inns and restaurants in the area.

There are picturesque walks, water-sports, fishing trips and in the hinterland beyond the coast there is a myriad of tree-lined lanes linking delightful Devonshire hamlets, all of which a haven of tranquillity and a joy to explore.

Places to visit include: Kingswear, The museum at Kingsbridge, Dartmouth - for a fascinating 'olde worlde' quayside, See the ruins of Hallsands village and The lively harbour of Salcombe.

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Torcross on Slapton Ley in Devon

Torcross (11 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(1.0 miles, 1.6 km of Beesands)

In the summer months Torcross is a popular tourist destination. Part of the bank of shingle on which Torcross stands, takes in Slapton Ley, a 270 acre freshwater lake, an important winter habitat for wildfowl...

October sunrise from Hallsands beach, Devon.

Hallsands (20 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(1.2 miles, 2.0 km, direction S of Beesands)

Hallsands is a powerful reminder of the havoc and destruction caused by gale lashed, turbulent seas...

Bold Head overlooking Salcombe

Salcombe (77 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Devon

(5.0 miles, 8.0 km, direction W of Beesands)

Salcombe is a pleasant town with a happy atmosphere making it a joy to explore when you tire of lazing on one of the beautiful sandy beaches or need to relax after an energetic morning at sea...

Approaching Kingswear by steam.

Kingswear (33 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(7.8 miles, 12.6 km, direction NE of Beesands)

Picturesquely situated at the mouth of the River Dart, this popular resort has changed little with the passage of time...

Houses in Dittisham July 2005

Dittisham (37 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(9.5 miles, 15.3 km, direction N of Beesands)

Attractive unspoilt village in a tranquil setting overlooking the widest part of the River Dart...

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Start Point Lighthouse, Hallsands, Devon

Start Point Lighthouse (9 Pictures)

(2.1 miles, 3.3 km, direction S)

Designed in 1836 by James Walker..

Old pottery in Dartmouth, Devon

Dartmouth Pottery (1 Pictures)

(7.0 miles, 11.2 km, direction NE)


Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle (24 Pictures)

(7.4 miles, 11.9 km, direction NE)

Darmouth Castle occupies a rocky promontory overlooking the Dart estuary. It was one of a chain of castles built by Henry VIII.....

Coleton Fishacre garden, Dartmouth, Devon. National Trust

Coleton Fishacre Garden (58 Pictures)

(8.5 miles, 13.7 km, direction NE)

A luxuriant garden by the sea, with an Arts & Crafts-style house, featuring Art Deco-influenced interiors...

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Greenway (4 Pictures)

(9.5 miles, 15.3 km, direction N)

The house called Greenway sitting serenely in attractive countryside has been an important Devon home for centuries, during which.....

Burgh Island

Burgh Island (23 Pictures)

(10.8 miles, 17.4 km, direction W)


Totnes Castle, Totnes, Devon

Totnes Castle (1 Pictures)

(12.4 miles, 20.0 km, direction N)

Built by the Normans in the 11th century, Totnes castle has one of the best preserved shell keeps in England...

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