Best Swimming Spots in Devon & Cornwall

Best Swimming Spots in Devon & Cornwall

1 – Pedn Vounder, Penwith, west Cornwall

Crystal clear lagoons that warm up considerably during the day can make the water look and feel like you’re in the Caribbean, and with Logan’s Rock towering above, you could be forgiven that there could be Pirates about as well. Take some time to sample the wonderful views as well as the nearby campsite and cafe in Treen.


 

2 – Nanjizal Bay, Penwith, west Cornwall

The main attraction here is the eyelet rock arch, Song of the Sea. A snorkling must, the underwater pink walls finished off with a relaxing bathe in the rock pool is a fine way to pass the time while the kids play in the freshwater stream and waterfall nearby.


3 – Kynance Cove, Lizard, west Cornwall

If it’s making an entrance that grabs your attention, then the rock towers at Kynace Cove are the place to jump off into the clear blue waters. Fantastic snorkling opportunities are plentiful and low tide opens up a walkway to the north bay where more caves, pools and yes, more jumps, can be found.


4 – Port Gaverne, north Cornwall

More jumps at Port Gaverne but the real draw here is for the stonger swimmer where huge sea caves can be found on the right hand side of the beach through the “canyon”. For the family there’s a small beach safe for all bathing abilities and so offers something for everyone.


5 – Stanbury Mouth, north Cornwall

Perfect for families this low-tide sandy beach is as good out of the the water as in the water. Within a nice strolling distance to an almost identically pleasant beach at Duckpool, both also boast freshwater pools, streams and most importantly, ice cream vans.


6 – Lansallos coves, Polperro, south Cornwall

More Pirate fantasies here at what was actually a bona fide smugglers beach with a hidden quay just 5 minutes along the coast. Nearby you’ll find the excellent National Trust campsite in the village.


7 – Broad Sands, north Devon

On the north coast of Devon is probably the least known of all the secret swimming beaches. A deep double cove boasts many exploring opportunities in the caves as well as two shingle beaches for calmer swimming options. An island lookout is the icing on the cake.


8 – Woody Bay, Martinhoe, north Devon

Staying in north Devon and below the high cliffs a cobbled track will lead you down to the bouldered beach. On the way you’ll pass a waterfall and limekiln and views of an old pier. Beyond these a semi-manmade rock pool is almost guaranteed to be all yours.


9 – Moor Sands, East Prawle, south Devon

The pick of three white coves the beach is actually made of smoothed quartz, giving a unique feeling underfoot. Not for the feint-hearted though as access comes after a track down the cliff and a final leap of faith using a rope. Great place for the kids to play so long as they are old enough to negotiate the entrance.


10 – Soar Mill Cove, south Devon

A fantastic beach at low or high tide. When low, caves reveal themselves to curious explorers and at high tide the chance to swim around a small island. At the end of the day, relax and enjoy spectacular sunsets and often partake in a bit of dolphin spotting.

 

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