A few weekends ago, we were blessed with sun in Plymouth! Our instant reaction was: we need to have a BBQ on the beach! Being so close to the sea, there is nowhere nicer to enjoy nice weather than in Devon. Lots of people went to the Hoe, but as a couple of my friends have cars, we decided to take a trip to Bantham beach. Located about a 45-minute drive from Plymouth, we took a detour to a supermarket on the way to pick up some BBQ essentials and of course the disposable barbecue itself!
We checked that we were allowed to have a BBQ first, and most beaches are ok with it as long as you stay out of the way of super busy areas and dispose of everything afterwards. We found a space near the rocks and away from the crowds, so we put some music on and got the food cooking!
It was so hot, we ended up going for a paddle in the sea and sunbathing for the whole afternoon. It was really relaxing - a perfect break from revision/deadlines. When we got there, we realised there was no phone service on the beach, which was actually great because we could completely switch off from university and work.
I always forget how close we are to beaches in Devon, and even Cornwall. Being from somewhere nowhere near the coast, it is so nice to be just 45 minutes away from clear sea and a sandy beach. There’s lots to do within walking distance in Plymouth, and the Hoe is the perfect place to be in the sun. But if you have the option of driving to any of the nearby beaches, I would definitely recommend it! It definitely won’t be the last time we head to the beach this summer before heading home.
Here’s a list of other beaches near Plymouth that are worth exploring:
· Bantham Beach – 45-minute drive
· Bovisand Beach – 20-30-minute drive
· Wembury Beach - 20-30-minute drive
· Whitsand Bay – 40-minute drive
Other places within driving distance of Plymouth:
· Royal William Yard
· Dartmoor National Park
· Mount Edgecombe (with a heritage house, park and beach)
· Saltram house and gardens
· Buckland Abbey