Secret beaches of South-West England
There are 436 beaches in the South-West of England! We all know about the famous beaches such as the one at Durdle door but what if you’re after a quiet relaxing day at the beach where your kids can have the time of their lives? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Given how secret these beaches are you’ll need to come prepared with everything you need as there are no toilets or shops nearby.
Standing on the beach at Broad Sands will feel like you’ve washed ashore on Jurassic Park, but don’t worry there are no dinosaurs here. Surround by tree covered cliffs, this shingle beached cove is well sheltered which makes for a calm sea to swim in. Beware that there are 200 steps down to this beach, but the trip is certainly worth it – trust us. There are loads of caves and rock pools here for the kids to explore so make sure you bring your nets and sea shoes to make the most of it.
Please make sure you check the times of the tide as it does come quite far up the beach.
Just a short walk from the very popular Porthcurno Beach, you’ll find Pedn Vounder Beach. It is one of the best beaches in Cornwall but since you can only walk there it is far quieter than its neighbour. When the tide goes out you’ll find yourselves with the most amazing sandy stretch of beach that reaches out around 100 meters to the sea. The walk down to the beach is quite steep so maybe not the best for the littlest of legs but the reward at the end is worth it.
Nestled between Woolacombe and Combesgate Beach is the well-hidden Barricane Beach. A half mile walk down Woolacome beach brings you to this amazing secret sandy beach where you’ll find rockpools aplenty for the kids to explore. What makes this beach even more special is that it is littered with shells that have come all the way from the Caribbean – great for the kids to take away as an exotic memento. Please be aware that this beach is completely submerged during high tides.
This beach is only a 15 minute walk from the National Trust car park of Lansallos through woods and streams. If you venture down in the spring you may be lucky enough to find some wild garlic. This cove has a pirate history as smugglers used to bring up brandy and French lace from the beach. If the kids hunt hard enough maybe they’ll find old bottles lying around the rock pools.
We’ve saved the best for last. Right down at Land’s End there’s a wild and rugged cove with an incredible waterfall and stream for the kids to play in. It’s surrounded by mystical caves that could be home to dragons. There’s a shallow rock pool to explore and for the stronger swimmers you can snorkel through the sea tunnel.