|Latitude:||50° 21.63′ North|
|Longitude:||4° 21.50′ West|
|OS Grid:||SX:330 538|
The beach is coarse sand but the second and third bays along are used by naturists. Care should be taken not to be cut off by the tide.
See also comments below which include alternative directions.
Find the village of Downderry.
From the Tamar Bridge, make your way towards Liskeard. Take the Looe road at the Trerulefoot roundabout, then stick to that road until you reach Sheviock. From there Downderry is signposted.
Park up somewhere in the village, there is a small car park and walk to the main beach. As you face the sea, turn left, and keep walking. You’ll soon find a friendly bunch of nude folk – strip off and enjoy the sun.
Take special note regarding the tides (see comments below). This is a yearly thing and it depends on sand shift during the previous winter. However it is initially best to work to the three-hour rule.
Alternative directions would be go to Trerulefoot roundabout take the road to Torpoint i.e. Torpoint Ferry, this is also is the way to Looe. Continue on this road for about one and a half miles ignoring the Looe turn off.
When you reach Polbathic (the first built up area) turn right at the pub (Halfway Inn I think) which is on the right hand side of the road nearly at the end of the built up area. Take the road that runs up the left-hand side of the pub and continue on that road four about three miles. You will then reach a precise junction, the road to the right leads down into Downderry and the left road takes you along the coast road to Crafthole, Whitsand Bay and Milbrook. After about half a mile you will come to the spot where you can reach the naturist beach without going into Downderry and therefore avoiding the tidal problems.
You will come to a small area on the right hand side that has a small lay-by area and a ranch style fence. There is only room for about three cars to park off the road. This is important because you are very likely to get a parking ticket if your wheels are on the road. About another one hundred yards further on is another lay-by on the left that holds about three cars at a real push. Again the wheel rule applies.
Now to get to the beach!
At the ranch stile fence there is a stile, climb this stile and head across the field in the direction of the opposite left-hand corner of the field. Do not follow the official footpath that leads down into Downderry. Almost in the corner of the field you will see a small single width gateway or a clearing where there once was a gate. Continue down through the wood, which is a pleasant walk, until you come out above the beach, itself. This is the naturist beach. There is a small but safe climb down the cliff face onto the beach.
The walk from the road to the beach takes about 20 minutes. Another way to approach the gateway into the wood is to climb another style located a hundred yards along the road near the second lay-by that is on the left. Climb this stile and then continue walking and it will take you directly to the gateway.
Remember the parking restrictions this road is a clearway!