A Day Just For Us in Looe + Downderry Beach

Warning lots of photos of Looe and Downderry Beach that may induce jealousy ;) 


A day just for us in Looe and Downderry


It was my birthday this month and for a nice change Si had the day off to spend with me. Since the boys were at school all day, we had one of those rare days just for us.

When Si and I got together in 2010, I was already Mum to a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old so as much as we love being a family and spending time with the boys (they are growing up way too quickly so time with them is precious too) days just to ourselves will always be special.

We headed to Looe for a walk around and a mooch in the shops firstly. I hadn’t actually been to Looe for many years despite it not being that far away, so it was almost like visiting for the first time again.


Looe in Cornwall


It really is a beautiful place, I’ll actually be taking the boys there at some point as they’d love the amusement arcade, the sweet shops and the beach.




Cornwall - Looe


We had lunch in Seaton and then we drove to Downderry. Si parked on an unassuming looking street and took me down and alley way – minds out of the gutter please – and I fell in love at first sight.




It was my first time of visiting Downderry Beach and we pretty much had the beach to ourselves. Handily one of my Forty before 40 aims is to visit all of the beaches in Cornwall that I haven’t in the next seven years, so this was one more marked off.


Downderry beach Cornwall


Downderry beach is a mixture of sand and some of the most beautiful pebbles/stones. The sea washing over them has left patterns all over them and they’re different colours and shapes…. basically just stunning.

The sea was pretty rough whilst we were there, so I can see why we spied a couple of surfers even on a weekday. Other than that we saw hardly anyone the whole time we were there. I didn’t want to leave, just standing there holding Si’s hand listening to and watching the sea after a brilliant day together was one of those moments I hope I’ll remember well when I’m old and grey.

I love that I got to spend the day with one of my favourite people on this planet and that I got to spend it in such beautiful places.

Have you ever been to Looe or Downderry beach?

Stevie x

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  1. 23 April 2016 / 9:15 pm

    How wonderful you had a day just the two of you, very romantic and needed! X

  2. Lou
    23 April 2016 / 10:32 pm

    We live in Liskeard and were on Looe beach this very day. It was a stunner of a day!

    Downderry and Seaton have a special place in my heart and we spend a lot of time there too.

    How lucky for us both go have these fab places so close by x

  3. Fern
    24 April 2016 / 7:01 am

    It’s been ages since I’ve been to looe, I hadn’t actually realised I had been, but I recognise it from the picture, I went with my mum & Grandad when I was younger, I remember the day vividly but could never put a place to it but the picture is pretty much exact to my memory .

    What a lovely day you had :) there’s so many secret little nooks in Cornwall

  4. jo liddement
    24 April 2016 / 8:37 am

    I live in Looe and feel blessed that we live in Cornwall and my son gets to grow up in such a beautiful county.We have amazing beaches and i hope to walk the entire coastal path around Cornwall.My husband and i have already walked from Penzance to Falmouth and camped several times on the route.It is something i will never forget waking up around 5am and watching the most spectacular sunrises and seeing the cliffs covered in Hot tot fig which was eerie as from a distance the cliffs were bathed in a red colour.

  5. 24 April 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Ah I love Looe! Spent so much time there crabbing and playing in arcades! x

  6. 24 April 2016 / 11:33 pm

    This looks so beautiful! Your post induced a conversation between my husband and I about being able to have a day out together one day when the kids go to school. You’re living the dream!

  7. 29 April 2016 / 7:23 am

    What a lovely day out! You’re so lucky to have these places so close by. I don’t think I’ve been to Downderry, but I’m pretty sure I went to Looe as a child. Happy Birthday again btw!

  8. Faye-kaboodlemum
    29 April 2016 / 7:28 am

    It’s sounds lovely, both being able to spend time with your partner and going to a lovely beach.
    I’m from Wales and have never visited Cornwall but it’s on my bucket list somewhere, I hope to visit one day :) #picknmix

  9. Helen
    29 April 2016 / 10:03 am

    The beach is the perfect place for spending quality time together! I love your photos too :) #picknmix

    Helen x

  10. 29 April 2016 / 10:43 am

    A day off together sounds heaven – even in front of the box with PJs on! You are so lucky to have this on your doorstep (well, close enough anyway)

    Thanks for hosting picknmix

  11. 29 April 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Yes these did induce jealousy! I haven’t been to either of these beaches but they look fab! Congrats on the BiBs shortlist! #picknmix

  12. 29 April 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Looks beautiful :) I love Looe but havent been for ages now. we camped down there and then did another week down at the Lizard. was lots of fun but it rained a lot. sigh! Havent been to Downderry beach though. Looks fab as my son loves looking for stones and pebbles. we live in weston super mare and it’s literally just sand. which seems to get everywhere ! #PicknMix

  13. 29 April 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Never been Stevie but I can almost feel the bracing wind and hear the choppy waves just from looking at your photos. Looks like the sort of day when you have trouble teasing the knots out of your hair! Thanks for hosting #picknmix :)

  14. 29 April 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Oh wow this looks absolutely beautiful! Your photos are just gorgeous, and how lovely to have some time just for the two of you!! Thank you for hosting #picknmix

  15. 29 April 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Glad to hear you had a nice time together, such a rare occurrence when you have kids. Actually Himself and I have a very rare night away next week which I’m looking forward to but no doubt we will spend the entire time talking about the kids! :) You got to work on one of your ’40 before 40′ too – yay!! #Picnmix

  16. Lucy
    30 April 2016 / 2:03 am

    Looks gorgeous and how lovely to have a day to yourselves x #PickNMix

  17. 30 April 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day out. Finding time with just your partner can be hard but glad to hear you made a really great day out of it. I love Looe, visited for the first time a couple of summers ago when we camped nearby. The shops are so lovely.

  18. 1 May 2016 / 8:56 am

    Ahhhh lovely – sometimes you just need to have a day to yourselves don’t you? #PicknMix

  19. There's always time for tea
    1 May 2016 / 10:27 am

    I’m jealous! Sounds like such a lovely day! xx #picknmix

  20. 1 May 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Looe is beautiful. Our friends have a little holiday cottage there and its just perfect. Glad you had a lovely day xx

  21. 1 May 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Cornwall is such a photogenic place isn’t it.

    • 1 May 2016 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks Sally, it really is. I always have some sort of camera on me

      Stevie x

  22. 2 May 2016 / 8:32 am

    It’s so nice getting to spend that rare time together, and it looks like a really beautiful place too. #picknmix

  23. 2 May 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Lovely photos of two very familiar beaches. As I have a dog I rarely go on to Looe beach, but Donderry to Seaton is a favourite walk, ending up with lunch at one of the eateries in Seaton (all dog-friendly).

    I would like to recommend you for the Liebster Award because I love your posts and also because you are also Cornwall-based. If you want to take part, details can be found on my blog ‘Rosie’s Ramblings’.

  24. 3 May 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Aww how lovely! Its great when you get chance to spend time just the 2 of you, such a rarity! Your photos look beautiful, I haven’t been there before but certainly looks like somewhere I would enjoy :)


  25. 5 May 2016 / 12:56 am

    I’ve never been but it looks beautiful! Sounds like a lovely day. #picknmix

  26. 5 May 2016 / 8:01 am

    It sounds lovely being able to spend the day just the two of you. The beach looks absolutely gorgeous too, how many bears do you still have to visit before you’re 40? X

  27. 5 May 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Aww glad you had a lovely day, I saw the pictures at the time. So nice to just have time the two of you. I’m not sure if I’ve been there or not, I will have to ask my parents. x

  28. Anna
    6 May 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I love your idea of Forty before 40! There are so many wonderful beaches in Cornwall I’m sure you won’t struggle to hit your target so long as you have the time. Downderry beach is really recognisable by its grey sand as you can see in your lovely pictures. You can actually walk along to Seaton at low tide. There’s also a popular pub with a beachside terrace which you should check out if you visit again, it does a mean Sunday lunch carvery.