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Dramatic entrance to a lovely hidden cove

The smugglers tunnel is a fun and novel way to access the beach. We enjoyed the adventure and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
Smugglers tunnel

It has everything you want from a Devon or Cornish holiday, the tunnel through the cliff may never... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Ness Drive, Shaldon, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The smugglers tunnel is a fun and novel way to access the beach. We enjoyed the adventure and the cove on the other side was very quiet on a weekday afternoon in September. Its dog friendly so our pooch had a wonderful time sniffing and...More

Thank UKHolbee
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has everything you want from a Devon or Cornish holiday, the tunnel through the cliff may never have seen any smuggling but it surely feels like it has. A great adventure with young children and a beautiful beach as well, really does feel like...More

Thank LuciusLandmass
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the most frequented beach so usually space even at high tide in season. The beach is long but crisp rather soft sand. Beach reached by smugglers tunnel and steps (so bit of a shlep to carry lots of beach gear and not recommended for...More

Thank jobZ6245QB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a bit out of the way but well worth a visit. You need to be organised and take everything you'll want although it's only a few minutes back to the car park or to the great little shop that seems to have everything. The...More

Thank whingeingpom66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a quaint sheltered beach, you walk through the 'smugglers tunnel' onto the beach which is exciting, it's not a huge walk, but their are a number of steps, they're not overly steep and their is a hand rail, so is accessible if you're...More

1  Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to bring your dog for walk and the kids to play. Walk through a long tunnel and you are on deep red sand.

1  Thank Peter S
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

We (2x 5yr, 1x6 yr and 7 adults) spent a week in Shaldon and we spent 1 full day and half a day on this beautful beach. We took a picnic both times and chairs, picnic rugs etc. My 93 yr old grandad managed the...More

Thank Joanna M
Reviewed 23 July 2018

This is a lovely pebble beach, in a hidden cove, through an old smuggler's tunnel - that is now more of a concrete walkway, with a number of steps at the end to get down to the beach. It's still atmospheric coming out of the...More

1  Thank Claire H
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Used this beach for a few days once we found it. Next to the zoo, follow signs for "smugglers tunnel". A nice enclosed, dog friendly beach so safe for our puppy to roam and test his paws in the sea, without the fear of him...More

Thank barrossa
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

The beach, at the end of the short smugglers tunnel is lovely. No facilities do make sure you take everything with you! Having said that the walk back to the top of the tunnel where the gift shop and toilets are located isn't that long....More

1  Thank Emmajb15
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Zoe C
4 May 2018|
Response from CrabDaddy2000 | Reviewed this property |
Less than five mins, along the river side :)
Fran R
23 July 2017|
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Response from Charlie1789 | Reviewed this property |
It can be a little slippery and has two sets of steps. Not wheel chair friendly.