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Mill Bay // Salcombe

Mill Bay beach
Photo: © Ian Wool

Set across the water from Salcombe and just south of East Portlemouth is the delightful little cove of Mill Bay. This sandy beach is nestled within the woodlands of the South Devon Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). From the beach here there are fantastic views across the azure waters of the Salcombe estuary to the town and countryside beyond.

At low tide the beach stretches north to East Portlemouth beach and there are plenty of rockpools exposed. Along with fine golden sand and the calm estuary waters Mill Bay is a popular family beach.

The coastline here is some of the most spectacular and beautiful in Devon. From here the walk around to Prawle Point (the most southerly point in Devon) is a mix of rugged cliffs, rolling countryside and hidden coves.

Perhaps the easiest way to get to get to Mill Bay is by hopping on the East Portlemouth ferry which runs from the Jubilee Pier in Salcombe on a regular basis. From the landing at East Portlemouth it is an easy walk along the coast path to Mill Bay. Or at low tide you can walk along the beach.

Driving here is a little convoluted as you have to negotiate the Kingsbridge Estuary which involves a considerable detour. Once you arrive though there is a National Trust car park near the beach with 60 spaces.

From the carpark there is level access to the beach.

Mill Bay tide times

  • Sun 16th December

    Low 05:02am (2.44m)
    High 11:17am (4.53m)
    Low 05:44pm (2.32m)
  • Mon 17th December

    High 12:01am (4.35m)
    Low 06:12am (2.45m)
    High 12:27pm (4.54m)
    Low 06:53pm (2.23m)
  • Tue 18th December

    High 01:18am (4.48m)
    Low 07:24am (2.30m)
    High 01:43pm (4.67m)
    Low 08:01pm (2.01m)
  • Wed 19th December

    High 02:26am (4.73m)
    Low 08:32am (2.02m)
    High 02:48pm (4.89m)
    Low 09:04pm (1.71m)