The Best Places for Rock Pooling in Cornwall This Summer

July 17th, 2020

The beaches in Cornwall are not just for sunbathing, sandcastles and surfing. Many of the beaches near our child-friendly cottages in Cornwall are also great for doing some rock pooling, an activity the whole family will enjoy. Both fun and educational for little ones, rock pooling is the perfect outdoor activity to enjoy this summer.


You can discover tons of fascinating marine life that have made their home in Cornwall’s rock pools, from tiny starfish, snapping crabs, slimy snails and transparent prawns. Take a look below at some of the best places to go rock pooling in Cornwall this summer when staying at our family cottages.


Castle Beach, Falmouth

Castle Beach, a short walk from the ever-popular Gyllyngvase and Swanpool beaches in Falmouth, is a fantastic spot of rock pooling – as well as swimming, snorkelling and enjoying the sun.


Low tide is the best for visiting rock pools, and when the water goes out, Castle Beach in Falmouth is left with plenty of pools. If you don’t have any equipment to hand, then the accompanying café and shop will have all the buckets and nets you need to get started on your rock pooling adventure.


Port Isaac Beach

You might recognise Port Isaac as being the home of Doc Martin, from the popular ITV series of the same name. But when the village isn’t on screen, the busy port is a hub of activity for local fishermen with hauls of lobster and crab caught each day.


Around the harbour, you can find a number of rockpools, with tiny crabs often making their home in these.


Carne Beach, Portscatho

The whole bay here, also known as Gerrans Bay, is scattered with tiny rock pools. Home to an amazing array of fish, anemones, seaweed and more fascinating sea life, you’re bound to discover something exciting as you explore the pools in this area.


To the west of the village, there is also Towan Beach which also has some great rock pools.


Treyarnon Bay, Padstow

A hot spot for all people with a passion for discovering sea creatures, the wide-open bay is a perfect place for rock pooling. At low tide, a huge labyrinth of rock pools with all sorts of creatures is revealed, perfect for the kids to find all manner of sea life.

rockpool surrounded by stones and seaweed

Kennack Sands, The Lizard

Right down at the most southern point of the county, Kennack Sands is not just a great location for scuba diving, but a great place for a family day out. There is a sandy beach, a little stream running down to the Atlantic Ocean and plenty of rock pools for you to explore.


Rock Pooling Advice

When you go rock pooling, it is important to remember to wear footwear with a good grip for hopping about on wet and slippery rocks.

Another important safety tip is that it is essential to check the tide times before you set out for a rock pooling adventure. On some Cornish beaches, the tide can come in and cut off areas of the beach, so it is important that you make it back to the top of the beach before that happens.

It is also important to keep the beaches in good condition, so be sure to replace any stones you move and don’t remove any sea creatures you find from their homes – the pool you found them in!


While the beaches are one of the highlights of visiting Cornwall, the county has so much more on offer, with a huge range of outdoor activities and attractions available to visit this year.