Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Downderry Beach

Downderry Beach

This is a sheltered beach made of grey sand and shingle with rock pools at low tide. There is a good pub right on the beach, the Inn on the Shore, and cars can be parked in the village centre. A small slip road gives access to the beach for those launching boats.

At low tide it is possible to walk all the way to Seaton across a mile long narrow stretch of sand but you need to check the tides - it can be very easy to get cut off if you are the wrong side of one the many rocky outcrops along the beach when the tide is rising.
While the main Downderry beach is easy to get to, the eastern end of the beach is more difficult and involves climbing a very steep cliff path, naturally secluded it is also a favourite haunt of naturists.
The wreck of ‘Gypsy’, the sister ship to the ‘Cutty Sark,’ is hidden under a kelp bed not far from the shore line waiting to be discovered for those into snorkeling

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Facilities

Toilets, shops, cafe, restaurants and post office in the village

Parking

Parking in the village and (limited) on the road to the east of Downderry

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