Find answers to frequently asked questions relating to South Devon’s beaches.
Who owns South Devon beaches?
Above the high-water mark – The beaches are in a wide variety of ownerships including the National Trust, the council, charitable trusts and private landowners. Some have split ownership. Beaches owned or leased to South Hams District Council include Slapton Sands, Salcombe North, Salcombe South and small sections of Sugary Cove, Bovisand and Beesands.
Below the high-water mark – Nearly all beaches are Crown Estate or Duchy of Cornwall owned with the exception being some estuary beaches, where the private ownership may extend down to the low-water mark (e.g. East Portlemouth).