Elberry Cove

Elberry Cove, also known as Elbury Cove, is a shingle beach surrounded by woodland and fields, that lies between Brixham and Paignton in Devon, England. It is important for its eelgrass beds,[2] breeding grounds for native seahorses, as well as mussels that are farmed in the waters nearby. It is on the South West Coast Path.

The disused bath-house at Elberry Cove.[1]

The coast around Elberry Cove is generally sheltered from the wind so is popular with water skiers. A ski lane is provided in the summer months.

At its eastern end are the ruins of Elberry bathhouse, which was built for Lord Churston in the 18th century, when seawater bathing became fashionable after George III took a dip at Weymouth. Standing three stories high, with the ground floor being flooded when the tide rose, the lord could swim into the sea through a gated doorway, preserving his dignity. The buildings also held a "hot-bath" room where seawater was heated and pumped in.

The cove features in one of Agatha Christie’s novels, The ABC Murders, as the setting of Sir Carmichael Clarke’s untimely death.

Coordinates: 50°24′09″N 3°32′44″W / 50.4025°N 3.5456°W / 50.4025; -3.5456


  1. ^ Rolf, Brian; Rolf, Norma; Scarrett, Anne; Upham, Peggie; Upham, Malcolm. "The Bathing House, Elbury Cove, Curston Ferrers" (PDF). Devonshire Association. Retrieved 25 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Elberry Cove". Community Seagrass Initiative. National Marine Aquarium. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)