Best beaches for rockpooling

Rock pools are magical worlds full of alien creatures and a whole range of interesting sights, smells and textures. Plenty of the beaches we care for have watery nooks and crevices to explore, but these are our top places to find pools teeming with wildlife.

Child rock pooling at Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula

Porthdinllaen, Gwynedd

Porthdinllaen is a peaceful little fishing village perched on a spit of land that stretches into the Irish Sea. The clear, sheltered waters and seagrass beds attract a wealth of wildlife that you can search for in the rockpools, including anemones, crabs, fish and jellyfish.

A boy rock pooling with a starfish in a net Yorkshire Coast

Saltburn, North Yorkshire

With its eight miles of golden sands, rock pools, huge cliffs and a promenade full of cafes, Saltburn is a great choice for spending a sunny day by the seaside. At low tide a series of rock pools are accessible, and intrepid adventurers will be able to find a wealth of wildlife including crabs, periwinkles, starfish and sea anemones.

Lots of rockpools to explore

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham seafront is only a few kilometres’ walk from the main visitor centre, and at low tide you’ll find plenty of tidal pools for the kids to explore. There’s a whole range of marine life to find, so they can spend their time digging for worms, netting some shrimps and trying to catch crabs.

Family investigating a rock pool at the St Helens BioBlitz in 2015 on the Isle of Wight

St Helens Duver, Isle of Wight 

Situated at one end of the beach at St Helen’s Duver, Node's Point is one of the best places on the Island for rock pooling. The area is covered with limestone outcrops, whose crevices provide shelter for whelks, limpets, barnacles and periwinkles. Sea anemones live in the pools along with small fish such as blennies and gobies, plus the occasional seahorse.

Two children stood over a rock pool looking to see what lurks within

Wembury, Devon 

Wembury Bay has some of the best rockpools in the country, with masses of sea creatures and plantlife to discover. Located close to the beach, Wembury Marine Centre is the ideal place to learn about the area through interactive displays, and they even run Rockpool Rambles for children during the school holidays. The beach is also a great starting point for lovely walks to the nearby woodlands and the Yealm Estuary, or around the headland at Wembury Point.