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
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
The slipway at the western end of the beach is suitable for disabled access.
OS grid ref.
SX 3249 5374
Toilets, shops, cafe, restaurants and post office in the village
Parking in the village and (limited) on the road to the east of Downderry
Downderry Beach Reviews (3)
So his, so much to do
SteveJun 12th 2021
This is a very long beach with more rock pools than I have ever seen. It is so large that you can find a good space and at low tide there are lines of sand leading down to the sea. The wreck just off shore is excellent for spotting while snorkelling and after a SW wind the waves can be surfed, there is a slipway for bring a boat. Most days there are very small commercial fishing boats a few hundred metres off shore, I think looking for crab and lobster. Go to the east of the big rock and it feels far more remote with caves in the cliffs and no rocky reef. Access to local pub which overlooks the beach and a cafe selling ice cream. Yes, it is mostly shingle, but it is fascinating.
lovely, friendly spot and great pub serving good ales
Ed GregoryJun 21st 2022
Never any crowds but lots of dogs on sundays. I go often for birds which, with so few people, are abundant…sea birds and meadow birds. Best as far easy as you can get.