Fairy Cove – Paignton
Fairy Cove is a small and largely unknown little beach to the South end of Paignton Sands. It you look over the harbour wall to the right, you will see the beach set back. This is popular with families, but not ideal for bathing unless you likes rocks and seaweed. The beach has a redder hue, due to the red sandstone cliffs to the back of the beach.
At low tide there is a vast array of interesting rock pools and on a spring tide it is possible to walk along the manmade structure that leads to the tower which houses a water outlet. Do not hang around however as the tide comes in quickly.
There are no facilities on the beach itself but Paignton Harbour is close by with a range of cafes, shops and public toilets.
There is also a set of steps to the back of the beach, that leads up to Cliff Road and onto Goodrington itself.
The location is popular with divers and snorkelers as their is a lot of marine life and after a few days of calm weather visibility can be great. There are numerous inlets and small caverns leading t open water on the right hand side. Also look out for the remains of the 3 wrecks that came to grief here. The only wreckage you are likely to find is metal plates from the German Torpedo boat destroyer – between 1 & 200 yards from the beach.