The perfect beach, Mothecombe, is at the mouth of the Erme estuary. It is owned and maintained by the Flete Estate and has remained completely unspoilt, with the only buildings being an old boathouse and the lime kiln. With its soft golden sand, a little stream, rock pools and small secluded coves revealed at low tide, the beach slopes gently into the sea, with no dangerous currents, and generally small surf.

Car Park

The car park is now open from 9am -9.30 pm every day.
From Easter until September 30th there is a charge of £4.


The Old School Tea House in the car park, is open from 11am-5pm daily from Easter until September 30th. Soft drinks, ice creams, cream teas, pasties, seaside gifts and beach toys are available.

Public toilets are provided at the Tea House. There are none on the beach.

Open Days 

Mothecombe beach is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1st May- 30 September, and daily outside these dates. Access to the beach is via a narrow woodland path and is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Coastguards beach is open every day, year round. It is reached via a narrow road and slipway with bollards, giving access for wheelchairs, horse riders, wind surfers, canoes and surfboards, but there is only turning room and no parking available at the slipway. There is half a mile of firm sand at low tide, but a small beach at high tide.

Wonwell beach, on the opposite side of the Erme, is reached by driving through Kingston, and is especially popular with dog owners. There is limited free parking on the road, but it becomes congested at peak times.


Dogs are not permitted on Mothecombe beach between 1st May and 30th September. They are welcome on Coastguards and Wonwell beach throughout the year.