Plymouth is brimming with places to visit and activities to try, which means sometimes the tucked away oddities are overlooked. Try visiting somewhere new in Plymouth or simply just learn a little more about what it can offer.
Plymouth has many beaches the most popular being Bovisand, Bantham and Wembury, however, if you look between the bustling Wembury beach and crowded Bovisand you will discover a new series of bays. My two favourites are Cambridge and Renney Rocks.
To reach Cambridge there is a longer walk than the walkway to Wembury, but it is definitely worth the effort. The walk takes you along a coastal path with several different choices of route. For the more adventurous there is an uneven dirt track heading through the trees. This one is great for taking reluctant children as it feels like you are going on a mystery tour.
If you are looking for an easier walk there is a tarmac path leading to the beach which is a disused road. All the paths are away from busy roads so are peaceful with a spectacular view out to sea, including a fabulous view of the mysterious Mewstone.
Cambridge is owned by the National Trust. However, because it is smaller than Wembury the car park is not manned and instead has a donation box. They use the land for grazing ponies and the site is also an essential part of their conservation work.
Once on the beach there is plenty to do. It is a small beach but it is rarely occupied by more than four or five people. I have spent many hours of my childhood searching for sea glass and shells. There are also often pieces of driftwood and a favourite game of my families was to stick a piece of driftwood upright in the sand and try to knock it over with stones.
There used to be a swimming pool in the bay. There are still the remains of the wall which means when the tide is in the bay is a great place for snorkelling. It also means it is good for swimming and is safe because the wall weakens the currents.
If you are looking for a gentle stroll along the beach then Cambridge is the perfect place because there are several bays that join together. It is possible to walk to Wembury beach from Cambridge.
Moving on to Renney Rocks, which is a pebble beach with a lot of rock pools. It is my first choice for rock pooling and is a great place to find unusual creatures. You will find an army of hermit crabs, starfish and several types of anemone. We have also found pipefish, a variety of sea slugs and some unusual fish.
If you are looking to entertain the children with catching shrimps there is also plenty of opportunity for this. They are one of the easiest creatures to catch. You may also come across a wide variety of crabs from the vicious velvet swimming crab to the shy porcelain crab. This beach is also good to visit once the weather gets colder because although there will be less variety it is still possible to rock pool in colder conditions. Whenever you got to Renney Rocks make sure you watch the tide because the tide comes in from either side so it is possible to be cut off.
As you can see Cambridge is my absolute favourite, however, Renney Rocks also has its merits. It depends on what you want from you beach experience so get out there and try visiting somewhere new.