Last week, I went to Devon for a much needed break with Jazz. Matt had to work so my mum came with us and my Dad joined later on. It has been a while since I had a British beach holiday and oh my goodness I forgot how much I loved them!
We really have some stunning beaches in the UK. And as someone who isn’t great in the heat, this was much more my kind of beach holiday. We stayed in a tiny village called Welcombe which is in Devon but we were near the Cornish border so we popped to beaches there too. I thought I would share my three favourites from the week and why I loved them so much.
First up is Bude, Summerleaze Beach. We went to this beach the most. For us it had everything we needed. Sand, protection from the wind and loads to watch. Jasmine isn’t walking yet so although she loved being on the beach and looking at the sea she wasn’t in paddling mode so what we could do with her was limited. But this beach was perfect as there were lots of dogs, children and surfers to watch which she loved and made it more interesting for us too. It was only a few minutes walk from the car which made it also really easy. The best thing about Bude though is that it is in a town so we broke the day up with strolls along the canal where you can feed the ducks (the tourist information sells bags of duck food), mosey round the shops, cream teas in one of the many little cafes or a beautiful cliff top walk along to the next beach (which was buggy-able!)
We decided that next year (we now want to make this trip annual!) we would try and find a place to stay in Bude as it is really so great for small children.
Next up is Sandymouth, a National Trust beach, not far from Bude. This beach was stunning. It was by far my favourite beach in terms of beauty. You have to pay for parking unless you are a Nat Trust member. Another sandy beach. There is less protection from the wind so we used our beach tent to protect us. The walk down is a bit steep and not good for a buggy (take a sling) but it is only five minutes. This beach is less busy but still people to watch. There are also some great rock pools which next year I am sure will be a great attraction for Jazzy. Make sure you go when it is low tide as at high tide there isn’t much beach left.
What I also loved about this beach is that just above, by the car park, is a lovely grass area and a great cafe. So you can pop up and have some lunch or a bit of cake and tea and have a break from the beach and the sand! Really great for crawlers!
The last beach I loved was Welcombe Mouth. For dramatic scenery this is the winner. For practicality it is not the best. A precarious steep path down and then pebbles and rocks, it isn’t great for little ones but we enjoyed sitting down here in the early evenings with a glass of wine before Jazzy’s bedtime. It isn’t a beach I would want to spend the day at but it is perfect for an evening beach sit/stroll.
And to have a little splash of the feet in rock pool 🙂