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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.
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.