Plaidy beach lies about half a mile east of Looe on the South coast of Cornwall.
It is best accessed along a pleasant wooded path, and is normally less busy than the beaches of Looe, Millendreath or Seaton nearby. Parking is not available here so be advised to park in Looe, or Millendreath and walk to the beach.
The long thin strip of beach is almost covered at high tide. It faces southeast and consists of coarse sand and fine shingle. Plaidy beach is backed by houses and there is a good shop selling provisions within walking distance.
Safety equipment is located at the back of the beach but there is no lifeguard cover. Swimming is fairly safe and is best on an incoming tide. The beach is an excellent place to kayak from and dinghy sailors often make use of the slipway. There is good snorkelling here at high tide in both directions, whilst at low water a number of rock pools are likely to interest curious youngsters.
There are no facilities at Plaidy, the nearest café is in Millendreath whilst the nearest toilets are to be found at Millendreath and Looe.
Plaidy Beach is dog friendly in that dogs are allowed all year round.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Rescue equipment
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