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Please rate this beach : Overall rating : 3.8 (6 votes)

Selworthy Sand

Selworthy Sand

Selworthy Sand is a very difficult beach to get to, and one from which coastguards frequently have to rescue people. You should not attempt to visit this beach unless you're 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.
Directions : First way - follow the coastal path from Bossington, and where the main coastal path turns right at the National Trust's 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. If you use this rope, be sure to check it thoroughly before descending. The descent should be made one person at a time, as you will probably dislodge small rocks which will tumble down to the shore.

Second way - 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. 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 long 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.

Selworthy Beach
Selworthy Beach

There is 1 review for this beach :

Date : 27 Aug 2018
Comment : Selworthy Sands is a fabulous beach and well worth the climb through Gull Hole and scramble along the shoreline. The rock formations along the coastline are incredible. We did this a couple of days ago Aug 25th bank holiday Sat 2018 & it took about 50 mins to get there and 40 mins to get back, but we are all pretty fit and agile. It was a moderately hard climb up to Gull Hole, and we were very strict about coming back and departed from the beach at exact low tide, having left Bossington car park an hour and a quarter before low tide (2 hours earlier would have left us with more time on the beach) You need to wear shoes with very good grip.
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