Downderry Beach

On the south coast, near Seaton and Portwrinkle is Downderry beach, a family-friendly stretch of sand, shingle and rockpools. There are prettier beaches but back in the day, this was smuggling country, one of many coves along this stretch of Cornish coastline, so it is interesting to explore.

The plentiful rock pools contain marine life and seaweed/kelp, so are fascinating for children and adults who enjoy exploring. Take a bucket, spade and small net to see what you can find. At low tide, there is a shallow natural bathing pool, great for the children to play.

Relatively clean and unspoilt, you can have fun as a family on a beach which is also dog-friendly though there is no golden sand here. The awesome rocks in this secret haven are fascinating, green and pink-veined in colour, while the water here is beautifully clean and clear for swimming.

Not a classic sandy beach, it is long and spacious, accessible via a sloping path or the steep slipway, but neither route is wheelchair-friendly.

Most people head to Seaton which is more accessible and has facilities, but if you like to get away from it all, and avoid the crowds for some peace and tranquillity, try this one instead.

Please note that the eastern half tends to be an informal naturist beach.

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