Must visit beaches on the north coast

It’s not a secret that North Cornwall is a very popular place to visit with miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches and breathtakingly beautiful views. To see all of it, you'll need to come back time and time again, but for now here is a mini guide to get you started.

Trebarwith Strand - Tintagel
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, gift shop and The Port William Inn at the top of the hill. 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!

Widemouth Bay - Bude
Widemouth Bay is a fairly large beach and is a real family favourite and very popular amongst surfers. It’s great surf and café accommodates everyone along with a surf school and hire for all abilities. You can also try your hand at coasteering and in low tide see what wonderful creatures you can find rock pooling. On top of all that, dogs are welcome there all year round, and there is a great coastal path walk nearby!

Polzeath Beach - Polzeath
Polzeath beach is a surfers dream and is best known for its consistent surf. This beach is surrounded by great caravan parks and has all the amenities you’ll need for a great day out. You will find gift shops, Ann’s Cottage surf shop, local convenient store, public toilets and places to eat. There are also surf schools and wetsuit hire for all abilities.

Perranporth Beach - Perranporth
Boasting a long sandy bay which stretches for three miles making it a popular spot for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. You will also find here a riding school, where you can make a memory last a lifetime, with an exhilarating gallop through the Atlantic waves, plus there's an 18-hole golf course and two seaside bars and pubs where you can watch the sunset whilst enjoying a delicious meal.

Fistral Beach - Newquay
The popular holiday town of Newquay hosts this impressive beach, Fistral, another surfer’s paradise. The surf school here caters for beginners, to advanced surfers, making it the perfect place to learn how to ride the waves. If surfing isn't for you then why not give coasteering a go? Climbing, jumping and exploring parts of the coast that cannot be seen from the sand. With Newquay town centre nearby and a beach cafe right beside you, you won’t have to look far for great food and drink either!

Lundy Bay - Near Polzeath
Lundy Bay is a fairly hidden beach just 1 mile from Polzeath, it is accessed by a kissing gate next to the National Trust footpath. This small bay is perfect for families with its many rockpools and a great footpath for you to explore the rugged coast. There are no restaurants and gift shops, but that could be the beauty of Lundy Bay - a hidden gem. It is tranquil, relaxing but also a fun day out with plenty to do.

Daymer Bay - Rock
A stunning addition to this feature is Daymer Bay found at the mouth of the Camel Estuary. Daymer is a favourite with everyone as it is a beautiful location and a short walk to Rock when the tide is out. It’s long stretch of sand and bouncy sand dunes are a strong favourite with children, and the flat waves give parents peace of mind. You can walk over the dunes and discover St Enodoc church, which was completely covered in sand from the 16th to the 19th century. Along this walk is an impressive golf course, so everyone has something to enjoy! Daymer Bay has a good sized car park, a gift shop and café.

By Lydia Kent

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