Shaldon is small and secluded beach: access is via an old smugglers' tunnel with steps. It lies at the foot of the Ness Headland at the mouth of the River Teign estuary and is backed by the picturesque red cliffs typical of the area. The beach is Marine Conservation Society Recommended and is popular for sailing, swimming, canoeing and rowing. Note that no zoning is in place for water sports. Fishing and rock pooling also take place here and there's a chance of spotting dolphins in the waters around. The South West Coast Path runs through the beach.