Cornwall is lucky to have some of the best beaches in the UK, so here we thought we'd introduce you to a few of our favourites to help with your plan your perfect trip. If you enjoy exploring on foot, the coastal path passes through Polzeath in one direction to Daymer Bay and Rock and in the other through Polzeath and Pentire Point and along miles of stunning coastline.
POLZEATH - 5 miles
An award winning beach, Polzeath is a mecca for surfers due to its long slow breaking consistent waves. From novices to pros the wet suited surfers all wait to catch the next perfect wave as do the occasional dolphins and seals that ride the swell alongside them too. The sand and shingle beach is one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that have received the Blue Flag Award 2017. Lifeguarded during the season. Large car park on the beach - literally!
Polzeath’s little sister beach, New Polzeath to the right of the bay, is a favoured location for swimming away from the surfboards. Beachside cafe's and bars serve delicious hot drinks to warm you up after a surf.
ROCK - 5 miles
The long sandy beach that fronts the village of Rock is a popular destination for swimmers and sun seekers while out on waters of the Camel Estuary yachtsman, wind surfers and water skiers enjoy the breeze. From the beach there are fantastic views up and down the wide estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and bird watchers paradise, and nearby is a clutch of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. To the right and along the coast there are spectacular walks across the sand to Daymer Bay and Polzeath and from the village there’s a small frequent ferry that makes the short trip over to Padstow. Popular car park so get there early!
DAYMER BAY - 6 miles
A stunning beach that at low tide forms long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes from Daymer Bay to Rock with superb views across Camel Estuary.
Daymer Bay is a good sized stretch of sand bordered by dunes and sandhills, comparatively off the beaten track compared to it's neighbours, Rock and Polzeath which gives it a slightly more secluded feel.
The beach is within the mouth of the Camel Estuary so is pretty sheltered and has a gently sloping beach making it safe for swimming. Large car park.
At south the end of the beach is the grassy mound of Braey Hill which is worth a climb for excellent views of the area. At the foot of the hill a little way from the beach is St Enodoc Church or Sinking Neddy as it is sometimes referred to due to it's close relationship with the sea and sand.
PORT GAVERNE - 2 miles
Port Gaverne is a sheltered, narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide and neighbour to Port Isaac and may be the quaintest cove in North Cornwall nestling in under the cliffs.
A National Trust owned beach which has remained almost unchanged in hundreds of years is popular with families as it has plenty of rock pools. Once a thriving port landing slate and coal and a thriving fishing port for pilchards. A gastro pub and summer beach cafe is a stone's throw from the beach.
Limited parking so best to park up the hill at Port Isaac. A tuk tuk service available during the season to ferry you to and fro.
TREBARWITH STRAND - 7 miles
Trebarwith Strand is located near the historical village of Tintagel. It’s an iconic beach with Gull Rock perched in the middle of the sea, giving a great view from the sands. Trebarwith is a perfect location for a day’s relaxation with its beach café, fresh homemade donuts, gift shop and The Port William Inn at the top of the hill serving food all day. Trebarwith has a good sized car park, and dogs are allowed on the beach all year long, and because it is a North coast beach, the surf is very good!