Freathy Beach, Whitsand: Gorgeous sandy beach, with a car park and ice-cream van at the top of the cliff and a fairly short but steep walk to the beach. Check the tides. (20 mins)
Tregantle Beach, Whitsand: Still sandy and lovely but more of a surfers stretch of beach as less accessible route. (20 mins)
Looe beach : Safe, sandy and popular as has cafés, shops and facilities close at hand. Great for families with small children. Other nearby beaches. (25 mins)
Seaton & Downderry: These connected beaches are popular with dog walkers and families as there is large carpark directly opposite the beach, plus a couple of cafés, pub and toilets. Lovely to walk along to the quieter end of Downderry (although be aware this is a nudist beach…) At low tide you can walk from Seaton to Looe. (20 mins)
Cawsand & Kingsand: Picturesque shingle and sand beaches, which are not very big, but clear waters to swim in, kayak or sail, some good pubs & cafés. In the summer it’s fun to get the passenger ferry from Cawsand to Plymouth Inexpensive and a fun 30mins adventure on the sea. (April-October) (30 mins)
Portwrinkle beach, Crafthole: More of a rugged shingle beach at one end, great for finding shells, walk along to the harbour where there is another slightly more sheltered sandy beach to swim rather thank surf. The Jolly Roger café is a well placed venue to stare out to sea and enjoy well earned refreshments. (2o mins)
Talland Bay beach: Although fairly small there is something appealing about the azure coloured sea along this stretch of coastline. Not brilliant for parking but there is are a couple of cafés, one of which was advertising Prosecco on the menu – SOLD ! (30 mins)
We don’t want to send you too far from Woodside holiday lets, but if you like exploring then here are a few of the closest Devon beaches on the South Coast.
Bovisand beach, Wembury: An (AONB) with two great sandy beaches with excellent rock pools for children to terrorise small creatures – I mean get close to nature.. Dogs are allowed all year at Bovisand beach and there car park is close although the path is steep. Other nearby beaches include: Jennycliff, Crownhill Bay and Wembury.(35 mins)
Bigbury-0n-Sea : Another outstanding sandy beach area whicht is great fun as bodyboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular and you can easily hire equipment and have a go! At low tide you can walk across to Burgh Island and walk around it then either enjoy refreshments in the local – The Pilchard Inn or if you are feeling flash, or have a special occasion, then the infamous hotel is the place to head. You can book a Sunday lunch or black tie evening meal, very romantic but that has a price.. If you miss the tide then hitch a ride with the unique ‘sea tractor’ – definitely an experience to remember! (44 mins)
North Coast of Cornwall
I won’t go into detail about these as there are further, but all have their own merits, the north coast is best known for its keen surfers, but there is lots of space in the sea to share with swimmers, apart from Polzeath in high summer!
Fistral beach, Newquay – famous – best surfers beach for all levels. (1 hour).
Port Isaac beach, – small, quaint, best known for the Doc Martin tv series and the Fisherman’s Friends singers ( 1 hour 5 mins)
Constantine Beach, Padstow – Stunning sandy expansive of beach with sand dunes to play in, great shallow pools for small children. (1 hour 4 mins)
Daymer Bay, Rock at Trebetherick : Not rocky at all – but keen in the watersports department – sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, canoeing and rowing, great sandy scenic beach and highly rated. (1 hour 5 mins)