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Selworthy Sand

Selworthy Sand is an extremely difficult beach to get to, and one from which coastguards frequently have to rescue people. Do not attempt to visit this beach unless you are confident of your ability to reach it safely and to get off again. The beach is sandy at low to mid tide, and backed by large boulders and steeply sloping cliffs and scree. There are strong cross currents here and undulations in the sand indicate rip currents, so swimming is not advisable.

Access is either a 60 foot descent down a steep slope of scree and boulder clay (there is usually a rope here), or at low tide a scramble through a small opening in a cave at Hurlstone Point.
First way: take the coastal path from Bossington, and where the main (coast) path turns right at the National Trust Hurlstone pillar, go straight ahead to the ruined coastguard lookout at Hurlstone Point. Continue past this until you see a path leading down to the scree at the back of the beach. At the top of the scree, there should be a rope which you will need to reach shore level. It's best to bring your own if you have one, as the one here is usually made up of many pieces knotted together. The descent should be made one person at a time, as you will probably dislodge small rocks which will tumble down to the shore.

The second way is along the shore from Bossington, which can only be done at low tide. At Hurlstone Point, a cave leads to an opening known as Gull Hole. The opening can't be seen from the cave entrance, but if you look towards the top of the cave, you should notice some reflected light. Getting up to this hole is not easy, as the rocks slope steeply and are slippery. On the other side is a walk of about 400 yards across the boulders to reach the sand.

A third possible way is along the shore from Greenaleigh, but this involves a difficult walk along a very pebbly and rocky foreshore, and should only be attempted on a falling tide.

The nearest parking is at a very pleasantly situated National Trust P&D car park in Bossington village, which has toilets, picnic tables, barbecue stands and plenty of seating.

The photos were taken at low tide.

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