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“please don't go there and spoil it for everyone else”
Review of Wonwell Beach

Wonwell Beach
Ranked #39 of 171 things to do in Plymouth
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is one of the gems of South Devon, but no-one who knows Wonwell Beach wants anyone else to know about it. I know. I'm one of them. I hate it when people tell me how wonderful it is, because I want to keep it a secret, like all the hundreds of other people who know about it. Or it's probably thousands. But Wonwell Beach is so big that if everyone who knew it went there to picnic, there would still be plenty of room to swing lots of cats. It's only because it's raining and I'm busy, and I can't get there today that I'm writing about it.
Now, if you want easy parking, ice cream vans, toilets and dog poo bins, go to Bigbury up the road, or Bognor, or somewhere else. Don't go to Wonwell. There's nothing like that there. Well, of course there's stuff there, but none of that sort of stuff. For starters, dogs run free on Wonwell Beach, all year, all the time, and run they do. And splash, and race through the water, and wee on picnics and poo on the sand, and do all the things that dogs do when they are out having fun. And nobody minds because Wonwell Beach is for NORMAL people who live NORMAL lives and don't want the world covered in tarmac, and signs, and policed by health and safety nerds.
Now, if you're normal. you train your dog, and if it does wee on picnics, you rush up to the picnickers with big apologies and perhaps a glass of wine. If it poos on the sand, you use your hands and your wits, and bury it terribly deep so it will be reabsorbed by nature and not stored forever in a polythene bag hanging from a tree. And you will stop your dog rushing up to small children and bowling them over in the river, although that is quite good fun for everyone concerned. And even if you don't have a dog, you will revel in the wide beauty of the estuary, the exquisite line of trees and sloping fields and huge expanse of sand at low tide, and giant pool of blue, or green, or grey at high tide. And you will listen to the owls, and drink from the streams running in through the woods, and watch the paddle boarders and the babies paddling for the first time, and the old ladies walking their herds of dogs, and you will think how lucky you are to be alive and at Wonwell Beach.

6  Thank Jane P
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Ive been going to this beach for the last 40 years and its just the most beautiful beach around. There is nothing there but a beach, no toilets, no ice cream vans or cafe's.
its quite hard to find and the country lanes take a little getting used to, there is no parking and you have to park in the lanes. Its a bit of a walk to get to the main beach but worth it!

6  Thank mandi w
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Aye it should be more accessible with some modern facilities and much better known and popular but our family and many of our friends don't care. We love it as it is. Unspoilt long golden estuarine sands along the mouth of the Erme and opposite Mothecombe on the completely unspoilt Flete Estate.. If you want to go check the maps, take what you will need, don't be too precious about your car paint work and be prepared to walk for a while down the lane. Nirvana.

4  Thank Boadscreed
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

The narrow,single track lane is a bit of a problem if you meet traffic coming in the opposite direction as the passing places are few and far between and when you get there parking is limited and so can be problematical , but get past those obstacles and it's a great sandy, un-spoilt and uncrowded beach. You do need to check the tide tables before going as the sandy areas are limited at high tide.

7  Thank Harriet W
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

This is my favourite beach to go to, you have to be prepared for no facilities such as parking, toilet or shop but that also means you avoid crowds of people and that is what I love about it! Great for a winter stroll but beautiful in the summer.

8  Thank Cheeketh1
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