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Smugglers Cove


Smugglers Cove

Smugglers Lane


Nr. Dawlish

View of railway line and steps

 View along beach towards Teignmouth

Ordinance Survey


Post Code




Directions and Parking Details

The Dive site accessed by a  narrow lane off the Dawlish to Teignmouth Road

The road is steep, narrow and is quite twisty. It has few passing places and only has room to park about half a dozen cars. It is unlikely that you will be able to park here during the holiday season.

Head out of Dawlish towards Teignmouth (Teignmouth Road). Follow the road for about ½ mile and you will pass the Smugglers Inn on your left hand side. Continue along the road past the speed camera and Windward Lane (again on your left hand side). Take the tight left hand turn for the “coast path” just after Holcombe drive and the bus stop (Smugglers Lane). Follow this steep, winding, narrow lane down as far as it goes. Park as close as possible to the turning area at the bottom of the road.

You must now Kit up and make the walk down under the railway bridge and up the 21 steps on the other side. Follow the railway line 200m along the level path to the steps that go down to the beach. There are only 22 steps however they are quite steep (there is a handrail)



Site Description

A long sandy beach with rocky reefs that run out to sea from the shore. The sandstone rocks at the end of the beach have arches and caves. Spectacular and unusual topography. The scenery alone makes it worth the effort to visit this site.

Wheelchair Access

Virtually impossible for wheelchair access. Lots of steps and the access road is very steep



At the bottom of the hill near the Railway bridge.



Fills available on site


Dive Center on Site


Nearest Full size Dive Center

Teign Diving Center, Quay Road, Teignmouth Devon TQ14 8ER

Tel/Fax: 01626 773965


Nearest Pub

Turn right at the top of the hill and the Smugglers In is less than ½ mile on your right

Nearest Restaurant

Meals available at the pub


Wreck / Archaeological feature Details:



Marine Life Details

Flatfish including Sole are common on the sandy bottom.


Other information

Get there early as this is a popular site and parking is very limited. If you can be dropped off and picked up latter there is parking in Hall lane but it is a long way from the beach


Starcross Webcam View across the estuary  Admiralty     Tide Table Links BBC 5 Day Forecast Ordnance Survey Maps back to O.S.  Ref for site Back to Postcode for site


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