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UK's best beach named after famous seaside town - but it's 300 miles away

Blackpool Sands, a beach in Devon that shares its name with the famous UK seaside town, has been crowned as the UK's best by Conde Nast Traveller.

Despite being 300 miles away from the iconic Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens, this beach is actually named after a nearby south Devon village of the same name.

Out of a list of 54, it was chosen as Britain's top sandy spot. The travel magazine describes the location as a "wonderful surprise", likening the drive through pine trees to Italy's Amalfi Coast.

The sea off Blackpool Sands' "splendid sweep of beach" is praised for its "astonishingly clear" waters, thanks to the pebbles that makeup the shoreline. Visitors can enjoy meals at the Blackpool Sands Cafe, Lounge and Restaurant, which serves locally sourced crab, burgers, breakfasts and more.

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There's also a drinks menu featuring roasted coffee, cocktails, ales and a kids menu. For watersports enthusiasts, paddle board rentals, kayaks and guided trips along Devon's "stunning" coastline are available.

If relaxation is more your thing, the beach boasts a sauna for the perfect escape. The Dart Marina Hotel comes recommended by CN Traveller as a "smart harbour-side stay" complete with a spa and restaurant, reports the Express.

Nearby Salcombe offers Gara Rock with "staggering" clifftop views and Harbour Beach Club, which is just seconds from the sea.

Blackpool Sands, a popular beach destination, is conveniently located just three miles from Dartmouth and can be easily found on the A379 between Stoke Fleming and Strete. For those driving, there's ample parking right next to the beach.

If you're travelling by bus, take the No. 93 from Dartmouth to Kingsbridge and then enjoy a scenic walk along The South Devon Coast Path to reach the beach.

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