Strete gate, Devon, UK.
Got back about an hour ago! Well! This place gets my vote for the best beach in England, for this combination of reasons - a great beach, café, car park and decent toilets all within about 400 yards! What's not to love?
As I type, the road to the south is closed so the only sensible way is via the A379 from Dartmouth. Now, if you imagine that road to be a fast, straight dual carriageway, you're wrong! Its narrow, twisty with 20 mph limits at times! There, that's news.
So, more about Strete Gate. Just follow this road through Strete - such a small place it's barely a ham, let alone hamlet! You will later go downhill via a sharp left corner. Keep going - when you reach the sea, there's a car park on your left. A sign somewhat proudly announces "98 spaces"! Park here £1 an hour. Pay by coins or mobile 'phone. By the signpost (pictured below) there are some steps. Go down, turn left and you are there after about 200 yards. The beach is mainly fine shingle, a few stones and various lumps of slate; you will have passed the Lime Coffee café and toilets to the right. The cafe has the slogan "A Brew With A View" and who can argue?
If you are a nude camper, see the Camping page! Facilities in Strete are limited - a village shop and post office! Even the pub was closed! But it's open now. For supplies, head towards Dartmouth, in Townsall Road there's Sainsbury, LIDL, Spar (with cold beer!), Subway and a petrol station. The beach is part of Slapton Sands.