This is how many people are on Devon’s beaches right now

We’ve checked the webcams – and this is what we found

ByJoel CooperChief Reporter

  • 13:57, 21 MAY 2020

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There was chaos at several tourist hotspots in Devon yesterday as people flocked to the beaches on what was predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Queues of traffic blocked roads, car parks had to be shut and traffic wardens in North Devon ran out of tickets after fining some 70 cars for illegal parking.

With the weather due to be good again today, there had been concerns that the situation would be repeated, despite numerous appeals from both locals, councils and the emergency services.

With that in mind, we decided to check out the live webcams at some of Devon’s biggest tourist spots to see just how busy – or not – they were.


Here’s what we found:


(Image: MagicSeaweed)


(Image: MagicSeaweed)


(Image: MagicSeaweed)


(Image: MagicSeaweed)

Broadsands, Paignton


Sidmouth beach

Jacob’s Ladder, Sidmouth


South Sands, Salcombe

Yesterday saw ‘carnage’ on beaches and roads in Devon as police confirmed that many of the cars had driven long distances to make the most of the hottest day of the year so far.

It brought fears that Devon would be hit by a surge in Covid-19 with a petition signed by more than 6,000 people overnight, calling on the Government to change the lockdown law and limit people to travelling 20 miles from home.

Today the Met Office forecasts another very warm day in the sunshine, with a few light winds and a maximum temperature of 20C.

Yesterday gridlocked drivers began abandoning cars, blocking access for the overworked emergency services. It was so bad in Barnstaple that traffic wardens ran out of tickets.

Devon County Council confirmed that around 70 Penalty Charge Notices were issued for illegally parked motorists in just one of the trouble spots – on Challacombe Hill in Woolacombe.

Follow our live beach blog here.

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