Wait for the waves to recede and then get ready to delve into a world carved out by the oceans
Coastal caves are formed when waves repeatedly crash into sea cliffs over many years, opening cracks and gradually eroding the rock. Once used by pirates and smugglers to hide illegal supplies, they’re the perfect place for an adventure, and you might come across tidal pools full of wildlife too. Children will need someone to keep an eye on them while they explore, and always make sure you have checked the tide times for the day so you remain safe. Shoes with grip are best because cave floors can be very slippery, and no one wants to scare away the amazing crab they’ve just discovered by falling over!
From Fingal’s Cave on Scotland’s west coast to Merlin’s Cave in Cornwall, the UK’s shores are riddled with places to explore