I wanted to go here as it was off the obvious shortlist of Torbay beaches. My only regret is that we may have discovered the absolute gem of the region too soon.
Ansteys Cove is backed by wooded cliffs and as soon as you make your way down the steep path you are rewarded with magnificent framed views out to sea. On the day we arrived the sun was beating down and the sea was flat as a mill pond, it was basically perfect.
What it lacks in beach, it basically makes up for with everything else. Myself and Bec’s don’t like to be too far away from refreshments so what really sealed the deal was the excellent beach cafe. As well as decent food the beach cafe also hosts a number of water sports, kayaking and the like, but we were too busy just taking in the glorious views.
Having said that I decided it was time to undertake my first Torbay sea swim so off I set. I was expecting to freeze to death but not so; as well as being completely calm it was acceptably ‘warm’ so really enjoyable, great to be back in the sea!
Free parking for Ansteys Cove!
You can of course pay for parking in the privately owned car park sat right atop of the cove.
Or like me, you can park for free on Ilsham Road. We have used this spot a dozen or so times and there is always a space. You’ll have the bonus of a 2 minute walk through the little used but lovely patch of parkland known as Stoodley Knowle.
Ansteys Cove is sign posted from the road; you can’t go wrong.
Postcode for free parking Ansteys Cove: