Although it can be frustrating manhandling a pram onto a beach there can be advantages to them once they are there. When my family recently went to North Sands Beach whilst on holiday in Salcombe it was relatively easy. We parked just yards from the beach and found a handy ramp to easily wheel the pushchair onto the beach. On the beach the sand was very compact and easy to wheel over. The only problem was that minutes after our arrival a passing shower threatened to soak us. However the pushchair and some nearby rocks made a handy frame from which to construct a make-shift shelter. Although we only had to huddle under it for ten minutes or so, we all emerged feeling like Bear Grylls. We thought we’d conquered the elements, which made my three children momentarily fearless. Rocks were climbed, waves were jumped and streams were followed to the sea.
North Sands Beach in Salcombe is in a beautiful sheltered bay. It has lovely sand and a beautiful view across to the other side of the estuary. The beach was large and spread out so we didn’t feel at all crowded even though the beach seemed popular with families. At low tide there were some rock pools and a few brave souls crawled out over these to a ruined tower which looked like something from a children’s story. We’d bought a small picnic for lunch but all the activity made us hungry so we went to The Winking Prawn to get some chips.
The Winking Prawn is an absolutely fabulous beach-side cafe. Two of my children played in a handily placed sand pit next to the cafe while I queued for chips. My wife took our third child, the one who always needs a wee, to use the cafe toilets. We then ate the chips on tables outside before wheeling our pushchair back to the beach. As the weather was warmer we parked up nearer the sea. The one thing we couldn’t negotiate with the pram was a beach stream so we set up camp next to this and my children spent the afternoon floating makeshift boats to the sea.
As we were leaving we theorised that as the beach was called North Sands there had to be a South Sands so we drove round the headland and found a similarly attractive spot round the corner.