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Old 13 July 2011, 05:25   #31
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Sounds wonderful - thanks for all the ideas. Will definitely try and arrange a hol there next year.
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Beesands is good in Start Bay.
Anchor just off the beach and walk up the steps to The Cricket Inn, good beer and food.

Blackpool Sands is too Commercial for us.
If you anchor off the beach a guy comes out and tries to charge you

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Oh my, I can well believe they would do that at Blackpool Sands! I hope you told him what was what!
5 now to park your car and sit on a beach rammed with screaming kids! No thanks. It's alright in the autumn though, no charge and they allow the dogs on the beach.
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Yep, we prefer Blackpool sands when we visit at Christmas.

The guy in the little boat who wants to charge you gets a bit upset if you start pulling the anchor in when he's halfway out to you having gone to all the bother of launching and making his way out to you.
It's a bit of a game really.

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The guy in the little boat who wants to charge you gets a bit upset if you start pulling the anchor in when he's halfway out to you having gone to all the bother of launching and making his way out to you.
It's a bit of a game really.

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LOL! How can they (legally) charge you though for 'parking' in the sea and wading onto a public beach??
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LOL! How can they (legally) charge you though for 'parking' in the sea and wading onto a public beach??
If they lease seabed from the (usually) Crown Estate then you can charge for people wedging a hook in said seabed.

Hard to justify if there are no shoreside services on offer.
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Indeed, sounds a difficult one Martin - how far out does the jurisdiction go? What if you are stopping to check the engine? etc?! All in all a bit miserly but these days if it moves (or stops in this case) they charge for it...
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WOW I have been to backpool sands many times in the past. many years ago I admit. But how on earth do they justify that.!
If you pop in to get a drink and a butty surley you are contributing to their incoome.
Does he have an official ID ?

Man thats bang out of order on a public beach!!!!
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just read this ..
A privately owned crescent of coarse golden sand set in a sheltered bay amongst evergreens and pines in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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The point is of course that it's not a public beach, but a privately owned one.

But, there are lots of facilities, the cafe is surprisingly good, shop etc, but parking is expensive along with everything else, which is why we prefer only to visit at X-mas when it's all relaxed whilst they are trying to pull in custom.

On a sunny day in August the huge car park is full, and every square inch of beach is taken. All the time there are families willing to stump up each day for the use of the facilities and admittedly sheltered beach why would they not charge what they want.
On a less sunny day car parking charges are often reduced or waved completely to pull in punters.

Further round Start Bay on more open Beaches the facilities vary. Slapton has various car parks along it's length with maybe an ice cream van, but Torcross at the further end of Slapton has lots of cafes, shops, pub etc, and Beesands has The Cricket Inn. not sure whats happening at Hall Sands these days though.

The group of us that go down on mass each year tend to visit Beesands a lot of as we are friends with a few of the locals, and it's a bit off the beaten track for most.

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