Blue Flag Beaches

The Blue Flag is generally considered the highest award given for UK beaches. In order to quality, a beach has to meet a strict criteria that ensures it is clean and well managed. The South West is fortunate in having many blue-flag beaches. The table below lists those beaches on the South West Coast path that hold a blue flag for 2010, along with a link (where available), to the walk(s) that pass the beach.


There are no beaches on the South West Coast Path through Somerset that hold a Seaside Award.

North Devon

Beach Walk(s)
Tunnels Beach Ilfracombe to Combe Martin, Ilfracombe to Woolacombe
Woolacombe Beach Ilfracombe to Woolacombe, Woolacombe to Croyde
Westward Ho! Bideford to Westward Ho!, Westward Ho! - Clovelly

North Cornwall

Beach Walk(s)
Carbis Bay Lelant to Zennor
Polzeath Rock to Port Isaac
Porthmeor, St Ives Lelant to Zennor
Porthtowan Portreath to Perranporth
Sennen Cove Lands End to Sennen Cove, Sennen Cove to St Just

South Cornwall

Beach Walk(s)
Gyllyngvase, Falmouth Helford Passage to Falmouth

South Devon

Beach Walk(s)
Blackpool Sands Dartmouth to Torcross.
Challaborough Bigbury on Sea to Mothecombe
Dawlish Warren Dawish to Dawlish Warren, Exeter to Dawlish Warren
Torbay, Breakwater Beach, Shoalstone Brixham to Kingswear.
Meadfoot Torquay to Babbacombe.
Oddicombe Teignmouth to Babbacombe.
Torbay, Broadsands Paignton to Brixham.
Bigbury on Sea Bigbury on Sea to Mothecombe
Sandy Bay, Exmouth Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton


Beach Walk(s)
Swanage, Central Beach Sandbanks to Swanage, Swanage to Chapman's Pool.

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