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.

view from Coastguards cottages to Wonwell Beach
School House
Early morning, low tide, Coastguards beach


Mothecombe beach is open to the public every day from 1st April 2017 and access to the beach is opposite the car park via a gravel woodland path.

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.

Car Park

The car park is open daily until late.

Parking Charges from Easter 2017.

£4.50 Full Day

£2.50 after 3pm


The Old School Tea House in the car park is now open and known as The School House: Opening hours are from 9.30am – 5pm Monday & Tuesdays and from 9.30am – 9pm Wednesdays – Sundays: a restaurant and takeaway from the highly talented team at the Beach House, Devon. To book please call 01752 830552.  Public toilets are provided at the School House. There are none on the beach.


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