One of the best things to do when visiting the seaside is to go rockpooling – whatever your age, it is always fun to see what you can discover when the tide goes out and the best bit – it’s a completely free activity.
If you’re in South Devon, there are loads of beaches and coves for you to explore and go rockpooling, so here are a couple of our favourites.
Located in Paignton in the English Riviera area of South Devon, this is a popular location for families. Not only is it close to Paignton’s top attractions but there are lots of activities within a short walk from the beach. The rockpools can be found at the far end of the beach and when the tide is out, towards the middle of the beach.
Set within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beach is a haven for surfers and water sports enthusiasts and features a couple of shallow rockpools where you can find small crabs and more.
Ness Cove Beach
This one is a bit of a secret – it is only accessible through a former smuggler’s tunnel in Shaldon, which is just on the outskirts of Teignmouth in the Torbay. Not only can you spend the day there pretending it is your own private beach but the kids will have no end of fun walking through the tunnel and finding all the little rock pools.
Not only is this beach picturesque with its beach huts and reddish sand, but is a good one for paddling and finding little creatures, especially at the far end of the beach.
Hope Cove Beach
One of the prettiest beaches in South Devon, Hope Cove can be found in the Salcombe and Kingsbridge region and features soft sand, amazing scenery and a couple of rock pools in low tide.
Further south in the Plymouth area is Wembury Beach which is famous in the region for the number of rockpools and the abundance of creatures you can find there. Plus being so close to Plymouth, there are no end of activities to keep you amused.
These are just a few of our favourite spots for rockpooling in South Devon – you’ll also find amazing opportunities to discover marine life in East Devon, particularly along the Jurassic Coast where you might also find a fossil or two and in North Devon where the majority of the coast falls within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If you have any favourite spots for rockpooling, make sure to leave your suggestions on Facebook for others to see and don’t forget, if you do head out to explore the region’s rockpools, remember to put back any small creatures you might find and to leave the beach as you found it.