When it comes to walking to a beach, the stroll from Clovelly village down to its beach is probably one of the country’s best. Make your way down to the harbour between brightly coloured historic cottages and along the sleepy cobbled streets to discover the small beach below and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time (or at least into a postcard).
The magic doesn’t end when you reach this modest little beach though. A waterfall tumbles down to the beach from the cliffs above, and the shingle beach is one of the best spots in the village for taking in the views. Dogs are welcome on Clovelly beach throughout the year, and it offers parking, safe swimming and refreshments. Due to the steep descent to the beach, disabled access may be difficult. In fact, take care if you make your way down in flip flops or wet weather as the cobbles can get slippery at times.
Clovelly is a unique village in that its privately owned, and that means little has changed over the decades. Traffic isn’t allowed, donkeys still call the sloping streets home and there’s an unspoilt quality to the resort that makes it a relaxing place to wander.