This is a pebbled beach, where the pebbles are protected by law, making it an offence to remove them. Low tide reveals good stretches of sand. The beach is named for the sloped steps, 'Jacob's Ladder', which provide access from Connaught Gardens, although there is also access via a level path from the main beach at Sidmouth. The beach lies in a bay sheltered by steep, red cliffs. Bird watchers will often see ravens, buzzards and peregrines circling here. Swimming and rock pooling are popular on this Marine Conservation Society Recommended beach. There is access to the South West Coast Path and the East devon World Heritage Coast.