Our guide to rockpooling

Everybody loves rockpooling don’t they? Well we certainly do! So we have found the five best beaches in Cornwall to discover and learn about local marine life whilst having loads of fun!

Treyarnon Bay near Padstow


Recommended by almost everyone with a passion for rockpooling. At low tide Treyarnon Bay reveals huge rock pools abundant with sea cretures.

Duckpool Beach near Bude


Four miles North of Bude, Duckpool is often less crowded when other beaches are buzzing at the height of the season. At the end of the beach large crabs lie in numerous rock pools waiting to be discovered.

Watergate Bay


We know children love exploring the rock pools, that’s why we take educational trips to the beach to learn about the fascinating creatures that live there as part of our Kid’s Zone activities.

Castle Beach, Falmouth


Not much sand but plenty of rock pools. The little beach café and shop sell all the necessary buckets and nets you may need.

Gerrans Bay, Portscatho


The whole bay is scattered with rockpools that are home to an amazing array of fish, shrimps, anemones and crabs.

Don’t forget to replace stones if you move them after all they form the home to the sea creatures and don’t prod or remove the animals.

It may be a good idea to take a guide on sea creatures so you can identify and learn about the animals you find.

What is the most interesting creature you have discovered on your rockpool safaris?


Some content sourced from Visit Cornwall.

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