North Devon - Rock Pooling in Appledore

This is the second part of my North Devon series, last week I gave you a little tour around the pretty back streets of Appledore and this week I thought I'd share with you a fun free activity that you can do with the kids, should you decide to visit the area this summer. Rock pooling is a lot of fun and you can easily waste hours with your bucket and net, searching for wildlife in the rocky puddles of North Devon. 

From Appledore Quay make your way to the Appledore lifeboat centre by following Irsha Street all the way to the end. It is a lovely walk past the pastel coloured cottages and quirky walkways, and the gorgeous view once you reach the lifeboat centre is breathtaking. Once the tide has gone out, the rocky pools are revealed and they are jam packed full of crabs, tiny fish, colourful sea anemones, hermit crabs, barnacles, molluscs and lots of different types of seaweed. When the tide is out there is a wide sandy area, so the kids can build a few sandcastles too.

This is a particularly nice spot and a personal favourite of mine. It is usually very quiet and the view is so stunning. I have spent many days sitting here, in all weathers. The perfect place for peace, contemplation and relaxation. Also from this spot, the evening sunset around nine pm (ish) during the summer is amazing.

What You Need:

  • A Bucket & Spade
  • A Net
  • A Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach shoes, wellies or sandles that have a good grip because seaweed can be a bit slippery.
  • A Picnic
  • Wipes and a towel for wiping hands and drying feet.


  • Carefully over turn small rocks and stones in the pools and look for anything interesting.
  • Take photo's to record your findings (Sometimes you find a creature that you are unsure of, a photo can help you identify it when you get home).
  • Keep a constant eye on the tide. It can creep up on you quite fast sometimes.
  • Make sure shells are empty before you take them home because sometimes tiny animals are living inside.
  • If you are nervous about touching the sea creatures, carefully use your net to catch them and transport them to your bucket to view.
  • Be very careful not to slip and keep away from pools close to a drop for obvious reasons. That is why Appledore is so perfect for rockpooling because it is a safe, low area.
  • Always empty your buckets and creatures back into the rock pools before you leave.

Where is your favourite spot for rock pooling?

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North Devon - Rock Pooling in Appledore North Devon - Rock Pooling in Appledore Reviewed by Emma@christmascupboard on Thursday, April 23, 2015 Rating: 5


  1. I grew up on the beach so exploring rock pools was my life as a child. There is so much to find and learn about. This sounds idyllic x

  2. Lovely post. I can't wait to take Jack rock pooling as I used to love it as a child.

  3. This is just the kind of thing we used to do when we used to holiday in Devon when I was a child. It looks wonderful - would love to do this with mine. Gorgeous pictures too.

  4. What an amazing looking place and all those finds! Amazing,

  5. We love rockpooling - there's nothing better than an afternoon on the beach hunting for creatures!

  6. What a beautiful place. I have always been a tad nervous going near rockpools as I have a massive fear of crabs, they are creepy lol, however this summer I plan on overcoming that fear and taking the kids to explore the rockpools when we are on holiday x

  7. I love the list of rock pooling ingredients! Some gorgeous shots here, too. I've never visited this part of the world but it looks lovely.

  8. We are going to North Devon in June so will keep this in mind - looks like great fun

  9. England is sooo beautiful isn't it? I have fond memories of similar beaches and spending hours rock-pooling when I was little #timetraveller

  10. not just activities for kids, mine have left home and I love nothing better than exploring the rock pools on our local beach, glad you had such a lovely time

  11. what a great idea for a budget activity on the beach!

  12. Oh, beautiful pictures, we have never done it but it is on the cards for this spring. We will try Portadown, Northern Ireland, most likely.xx

  13. I wish we had a favorite spot. We are so far from the sea :-(

  14. I love your posts on Appledore as I know how much this place means to you, it transpires from my screen and makes me smile. The twins love rockpooling too and it's fast becoming a regular outing when we're at the coast.
    Thanks so much for joining in #TimeTraveller

  15. we adore rock pooling and often go to a place called Stathes :-)

  16. I can't wait to go rock pooling this summer! Great photos x

  17. this looks like somewhere our family would enjoy visiting

  18. I really love rock pooling and a favourite place for this is Manorbier in Pembrokeshire. I've just bought a GoPro to try and do some rockpool pics and videos.


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