The phrase ‘pram-friendly beach’ is almost a contradiction in terms. If there is any surface designed to test even the most all-terrain of pushchairs it is a beach. Sand either clogs up the wheels or swallows them whole, while pushing over shingle or stone is a workout for even the most muscular parent. Most parents resort to the tried and tested method of pulling the pushchair, either bumping the poor child along while they face backwards, or carrying the child while a partner pulls the pushchair laden down with all the beach paraphernalia like a pack donkey.
The most pram-friendly of all beaches would probably be made of concrete and that wouldn’t be much of a beach at all. To make a beach pram-friendly it needs the ease of access provided by ramps, walkways and nearby parking - the car park at Goodrington Sands is inches from the beach in the winter months. In the summer months the closest car park is closed for safety reasons but the summer car park is still only around 50 yards from the sand. When on holiday in south Devon, we parked here and took our time getting to the beach with a really pleasant walk across Young’s Park. There was a boating lake with bumper boats and swan boats, a play area, a cafe selling excellent ice-cream, some wooden animals for the children to climb on, and a small nature walk.
The beach itself is divided into two halves; both with ramp access. The main difference is that the North Beach is dog-friendly whilst South Beach is closed to dogs. After spending some time in Young’s Park we wheeled our pushchair to the promenade and walked towards the south beach. The promenade is lovely and wide with a great view towards Brixham. We passed a beachside pub with a small but free soft play area, which must be a magnet to families on cloudy days. Next to the pub is a small amusements area with plenty of ride-on’s and 2p falls. The ramp down to South Beach is shallow and easy to navigate, the sand itself is quite compact and we didn’t have to struggle far with our small-wheeled pushchair before finding a good spot to set up camp. We parked near the ramp and as the tide went out a lovely area for rockpooling was revealed. Every so often through the day a steam train chugged by just a few feet from the beach which was a moment of high excitement for my two year old boy. However, both my girls agreed that their favourite things about Goodrington Sands was the rockpools.