If you venture a few miles to the west from Kingsand or Cawsand, you’ll find Downderry Beach less than half an hour’s drive away. This beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and one of its biggest perks is the collection of rock pools that emerges as the tide goes out. Expect to see young beachgoers investigating them with their buckets on a sunny day, and as the beach is easy to access it’s always popular with young families.
For those who snorkel, the wreck of the Cutty Sark’s sister ship Gypsy can be found off the shore of Downderry. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can walk along the sand all the way from Downderry beach to Seaton at low tide, but check the tide times carefully to avoid the risk of being cut off.
There is a car park nearby in the village, a pub right on the beach and access for those launching boats, so Downderry Beach is a convenient one. There’s good news for pet owners the beach welcomes dogs throughout the year so there’s no need to avoid it if you’re on a dog friendly walk during high season. Please note there’s no lifeguard cover at Downderry.