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Blue Flag beaches in Devon in 2010
Beach huts at Broadsands
Beach huts at Broadsands in Paignton

Devon has 12 Blue Flags in 2010 - the same number as 2009, but with Sandy Bay in Exmouth coming in and Preston Sands in Torbay losing its flag.

The award of a European Blue Flag is a symbol of high environmental standards as well as good sanitary and safety facilities.

The 2010 Blue Flag awards were announced on 13 May.

Click onto the links below for photographs and information about Devon's 12 Blue Flag beaches.

The full list is:

Bigbury-on-Sea:

Bigbury-on-Sea

This beach in the South Hams part of south Devon, with Burgh Island within walking distance at low tide. It is great for families, with a sandy beach many facilities.

Blackpool Sands:

Blackpool Sands (Nic Randall)

Blackpool Sands is just south of Dartmouth in the South Hams and is situated at the northern end of the sweeping bay which also has Slapton Sands and Torcross.

Breakwater Beach, Brixham:

Breakwater Beach, Brixham

Breakwater Beach in Brixham is a small beach near to the fishing port's bustling harbour. It has wide-ranging facilities.

Broadsands Beach, Paignton:

Beach huts at Broadsands

Broadsands Beach is a red sandy beach between Paignton and Brixham in Torbay. It has excellent facilities and is a firm favourite with families.

Challaborough Beach:

Challaborough Beach

Challaborough Beach in the South Hams is a sheltered horseshoe shaped cove made up of excellent fine sand. It is especially good for watersports.

Dawlish Warren:

Dawlish Warren

The long, sandy beach at Dawlish Warren in Teignbridge in south Devon is perfect for families. It also has amusements and food outlets and is popular with locals and visitors.

Meadfoot Beach, Torquay:

Meadfoot

Meadfoot is a small shingle beach in the lovely Wellswood area of Torquay, surrounded by spectacular cliffs and with Lincombe Woods behind.

Oddicombe Beach, Torquay:

Oddicombe Beach

Oddicombe Beach in the Babbacombe/St Marychurch area of Torquay is at the bottom of red sandstone cliffs - which the more energetic among us can walk up and down via steps.

Sandy Bay, Exmouth

Sandy Bay, Exmouth

Sandy Bay in Exmouth makes a return in 2010 - it last held a Blue Flag in 2008. It is ideal for familes.

Tunnels Beach, Ilfracombe:

Tunnels Beach

Tunnels Beach in Ilfracombe, north Devon, is a unique place - visitors reach the beach via four tunnels.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

The sandy beach at Westward Ho! in north Devon extends for over two miles.

Woolacombe Sands:

Woolcaombe Beach (Brian Ellis)

Woolacombe is a three-mile beach of golden sand and dunes and is a favourite among water sports fans.




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