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Published May 23rd 2020
Still open for smuggling
Ness Cove beach is one of the many hidden beaches you'll find around the Devon coast. It's surrounded by cliffs which make it inaccessible unless the tide is out and even then, you may have to clamber over some rocks.

There is, however, another way that you can get to it which is by going via an old human-made tunnel that goes thru the cliff.

The access tunnel is called Smugglers Tunnel, though no one knows who build it.

The Devon coast was once rife with smugglers, and many locals believe that they built this one to operate their smuggling operations out of sight of authorities. The other theory being that it was made by the nearby hotel so that guests could have a private beach.

We prefer the idea that it was built by smugglers, as it adds a bit more mystery and intrigue to it, though given how big it is, we're surprised that nobody knows who made it as there would have been a lot of rock removed during construction.

It's a beautiful sandy beach and would be a nice place to relax on a warm summer's day and if the tide is out, you can explore the rock pools and hunt for all the sea creatures hiding in them.

Access to the tunnel is easy from the top end, but inside it and down at the beach end, there are lots of stairs making it difficult for disabled visitors to visit.

There is a large pay and display car park nearby, which fills up quickly on warm summer's days. It's also on a slope and not very wheelchair friendly.

You'll find several different options for food near the car park with a pub nearby and other cafes a short walk away.
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Why? Walk in the path of smugglers
When: Open all year
Phone: 01626 361101
Where: S W Coast Path, Shaldon, Teignmouth TQ14 0HP, United Kingdom
Cost: Free
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