Saltern Cove is one of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest designated in the English Riviera Geopark  Opens in a new window and a local nature reserve. Uniquely in Britain, this nature reserve extends underwater to a point of 376 metres beyond the low water mark.

The beach is made up of sand, shingle and rocks, and at low tide there are many rock pools to explore.

The beach is located along the South West Coast Path  Opens in a new window to the South of Goodrington Sands and is accessed down a set of steps from the coast path above. It is one of the coves which make up the local area known as ‘Three Beaches'.

Supervision and safety


There is no supervision at any time of year.

Maintenance and cleaning

Operated by

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust


Torbay Council is not responsible for this beach. Please contact Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust for any cleaning and maintenance issues.

Toilets and facilities


None available.



Transport and parking


Parking some distance away. The closest car park is Cliff Park Road.


Allowed all year round.

Disabled access


Difficult - access to the beach is down a set of steep steps from the coast path above.

AddressSouth West Coast Path, Paignton