Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Downderry - near Looe

Cornwall (south coast)


Small coves with rocky outcrops, mix of pebbles and sand, at the bottom of a trail down from cliff top path.

Located west of Plymouth between Downderry and Whitsand Bay.

Getting There

Satnav: PL11 3LH.

Approach via the A374 - either from Torpoint and the ferry from Plymouth, or from Trerulefoot on the A38, then west on the A387 toward Looe. Turn left on to the B3247 south toward Seaton and Downderry. There is limited parking on the road to the east of Downderry, or a small car park in the village. In either case please do not park where you might cause an obstruction or otherwise upset local residents.

Access on foot is from the road along the cliff top [B3247], the follow the cliff-top footpath (South West Coast Path) crossing fields to reach the path which descends the cliff - making it suitable only for those with good mobility. [see also Trip Report, below]

Walking along the beach from Downderry itself is possible, but PLEASE NOTE: great care should be taken to check the tides before so doing. It can be very easy to get cut off by the rising tide if you are the wrong side of one the numerous rocky outcrops along this beach.


Downderry is variously described as a sandy beach, or consisting of "pebbles and gritty sand" . The numerous rocky outcrops provide good screening, making for seclusion and a beach "ideal for naturism". The first small shingly bay is mainly for clothed families. The second is more sandy and more for naturists. The third bay (still not a great distance - an easy walk) is in the words of one beach user "paradise, a huge expanse of sand, not many people, [redacted]"

Warnings about being cut off by the tide also apply once you actually reach the beach - great caution is required.


There is a small shop in the villiage for last-minute provisions.



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