Can I Metal Detect On The Beach?

As the weather has brightened up and we are heading towards the winter storms, you might be wondering… Can I metal detect on the beach? The short answer is yes, but like most detecting spots, there are some rules and regulations you need to consider before you get out to the beach. 

Metal Detecting On Beaches

The Crown Estate does not own every beach – so you need to make sure that you get the right kind of permission before you start your beach metal detecting adventures. Check beforehand what beaches your permission gives you, and also the kind of beach you are planning to attend.

Crown Estates

Anybody wishing to carry out metal detecting on our foreshore is granted a permissive right from The Crown Estate; this permissive right does not apply to the seabed, riverbeds or any other Crown Estate land. For more information about the crown estate, please click here.

On beaches not owned by The Crown Estate, you should contact the relevant council or trust first and seek permission to detect on their land. In most cases, this should be acceptable – but it is always good to contact who is relevant first.

There may be council or trust owned beaches where metal detecting on beaches is not acceptable – not necessarily because of the metal detector itself, but because of digging rules. A short search or phone call should be able to clarify if digging is permitted on the beach before you travel.

What Will I Need For Beach Detecting?

Beach metal detecting can differ from land detecting due to the fine texture of sand and the ocean. It’s important to check the kind of detector you have before you set off. A waterproof metal detector would be most beneficial for the beach to reduce the limits of where you can detect. 

We recommend a metal beach spade or equivalent digging equipment to dig your finds. Ensure that your spade or trowel is suitable for sand, so you can easily access any finds. Don’t forget to bring a finds pouch or somewhere to store your new finds! 

Regton offers a wide range of waterproof metal detectors, metal beach spades and other items suitable for beach metal detecting. Please take a look at our product range here

metal detecting on the beach

Metal detecting enthusiasts discover smoke marker at the beach

A amateur treasure seeker has discovered an unexploded Second World War “bomb” on his first visit with a fellow enthusiast.
A few weeks ago Mr Mournian, had joined a website for people who go out with metal detectors and arranged to meet up with Darren for the first time at the weekend.
They were walking along when noticed something sticking out of the sand – they thought it was a boulder at first. When they tapped it they realised it was metal and was giving off a strange smell.

The device uncovered on Perranporth beach on Sunday by Jonathan Mournian and his friend Darren Troon was identified as a Fairey Swordfish smoke. Visible writing indicated it had come from a Fairey Swordfish. It was not explosive, but could have been harmful due to the smoke inside.

It was later detonated by the bomb disposal team.

Mr Mournian couldn’t believe that on their first metal detecting trip together they found something like this. He said he has already uncovered coins and jewellery while out treasure hunting with his metal detector.

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metal detecting on the beachJonathan Mournian and Darren Troon
with the smoke marker they uncovered on Perranporth Beach

Feedback Wanted on Scoop

Just putting a picture of a new scoop we are looking to market, would like some feedback, expected retail around £130, this is a professionally produced scoop not to be confused with generic scoops we see from all corners of the world that are usually not up to much despite exaggerated claims to the contrary. It is made from high grade aluminium, cut out using CNC machine & TIG welded throughout, the scoop is then shot blasted to give a uniform finish.



No handle comes with the scoop, two reasons, carriage of such a long inexpensive part would be high and secondly you can then source your own handle to your own length and shape. It would come with a one year warranty against any welds failing, as with any digging tool if you exert enough force anything can break or bend so common sense would hopefully prevail, I have to say this is one of the strongest & best thought out scoops I’ve seen.

Treasure hunters find coins, rings at Pismo Beach after fireworks


By Nancy Chen,, Published Tuesday July 5th 2011

Nancy Chen reports how Mr Gil Rivera and a team of metal detectors sifted the sand of Pismo beach, after a fireworks event, to find lost treasure.

“As tens of thousands of people left local beaches after fireworks shows Monday night, a whole new crowd headed the opposite direction.”

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Beach detecting gains a bigger fan base…

By A. Pawlowski, CNN, Wednesday 17th June 2011

Pawlowski, reporter for CNN, reports how through the Skyrocketing price of gold the hobby has gained a bigger fan base.

The article also discusses how detecting on beaches can become a very lucrative hobby.


“It’s probably one of the only pastimes that pays for itself.” Dan Berg, detectorist.


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