As beaches go, they don’t come much quirkier than Tunnels beaches in Ilfracombe. Welsh miners dug through the cliffs in the 1820s to provide access to the beaches here, and a tidal pool provides the opportunity for safer swimming.
It was a bit brisk when we visited, so I didn’t swim in the tidal pool, but the rockpools here are fantastic for clambering round with your fishing net and bucket.
Because Tunnels beaches are privately owned, there is a small fee for entry which feels a bit odd, but I’d say it’s worth it for a unique experience.
Just by the entrance is a lovely cafe, with a playground and indoor playhut. We’d spotted this and returned on another day when it rained. £2 gave CJ one hour to play whilst we had a brew. Can’t say fairer.
I’d recommend Tunnels beaches come rain or shine or, as more commonly happens in the UK, mildy miserable greyness.