The North Cornwall coast

Why visit the North Coast of Cornwall?

The Atlantic coast of North Cornwall stretches for over forty miles from Bude to Perranporth along a wildly beautiful landscape where towns and villages huddle in the cliffs for protection against the sea.

A renowned hub for thrill seekers who get active in and out of the water, the mile wide bays are popular with the nation’s surfers and families alike and the area magically combines the hip and trendy with absolutely stunning natural scenery.

You'll find:

  • Surf spots
  • Sensational beaches
  • Spectacular coastline
  • Picturesque harbours
  • Dramatic cliffs
  • Sandy bays
  • Cliff top walks
  • The Camel Trail
  • Tintagel Castle

Places to visit include:

Boscastle; Bude; Camelford; Crackington Haven; Delabole; Mawgan Porth; Newquay; Padstow; Polzeath; Port Isaac; Perranporth; Rock; St. Agnes; Tintagel; Wadebridge; Watergate Bay.

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North Coast > Bude
A wild and romantic cove with a small west-facing beach, Duckpool is often less crowded when other beaches are buzzing at the height of the season. The beach is beautiful, but not suitable for swimming.

North Coast > Padstow
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. Considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay is a wide and spacious beach of yellow sand and pebbles with plenty of interesting rock pools backed by dunes

North Coast > Newquay
Newquay's hidden gem of a sandy beach, well sheltered by surrounding high cliffs, with loads of activities for everyone. Seasonal dog ban 01 June to 01 September.  

North Coast > Newquay
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. Soft sand, easy swimming, fun family surfing, exciting rock pools to explore at low tide, sea fishing and the unique 'Tolcarne wedge' for boogie boarding.  Seasonal dog ban in operation. 

North Coast > Newquay
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. The epicentre of Europe’s surfing scene where a board, a wetsuit and a free and easy attitude is a must. 

North Coast > Tintagel
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. Trebarwith Strand is just over two miles from Tintagel along the north Cornwall heritage coastline landmarked by Gull Rock.  

North Coast > Bude
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015, Widemouth Bay is very long open bay popular with families and surfers and at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore.  A seasonal dog ban operates on parts of this beach.

North Coast > Newquay
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. Crantock offers a large expanse of golden sands surrounded by dunes between the Pentire Headlands to both east and west. 

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