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Guide to Beaches in the North Cornwall District of Cornwall

Information courtesy of North Cornwall District Council and the Royal National Lifeboat Insitiution

 
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Beaches listed in alphabetical order - all of them are on the north coast of Cornwall
 
Bedruthan Steps
At the very south-western end of the North Cornwall District near to the border with Restormel Borough. A very broad sandy beach broken by very large granite outcrops. On some parts of the beach it is possible to be cut off from the main beach at high tide and you will have to wait several hours for the tide to turn before you can get back. The steps down to the beach are very steep and not suitable for wheel chairs or push chairs. These steps are closed to the public during the winter months.
Limited parking in the National Trust car park. Toilets and a Caré available. This is a dog friendly beach.
Not recommended for swimming due to the very strong currents.
Booby's Bay
Half a mile north of Constantine Bay. Fine golden sand and small rock pools. Warning: Access and surfing is not possible for about 2 hours either side of high water as the beach is submerged.
At low tide the beach connects with Constantine Bay. Access is not easy with a short climb down rocks and a 500m walk to the nearest car parking. The nearest facilities are at Constantine.This is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until late September.
Surfing: Suitable for intermediate and experienced surfers only. The beach provides defined peaks at low to mid tides. There is a right hander off the rocks to the north of the bay and also a peak in the middle providing lefts and rights. The waves can be fast and sucky, providing fun to testing waves, depending on swell size. Surfable at low to mid tide. Rips, rocks and crowds in the summer. Submerged shipwreck.
Bossiney Haven
A north facing sandy beach which is only accessible via footpath, from the B3263 west of Bossiney village, and steep steps. There is a small amount of parking in a field near the footpath.
Warning: This beach is totally covered by water at high tide.
Constantine Bay
A long fine sandy beach north of Treyarnon Bay. It is separated from Booby's Bay, on the north, by a narrow rocky headland. Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. North Cornwall DC toilets (Including Disabled). Very limited parking (30 spaces) but more parking ˝mile up the road. Constantine Bay is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately. Warning: Rocks, dangerous rips, beach shelves quickly at high tide.
Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until late September and over the Easter weekend.
Surfing: For experienced surfers only. A very popular surf spot producing top quality waves and has a reef at the southern end of the bay that works through the tide, depending on swell size, that produces lefts running into the bay however, the wave can be fickle depending on swell direction. In the middle of the bay at high tide is a good peak producing rights and lefts with fast and sucky waves. There is also a point at the north end of the bay that produces good waves from mid to high tide.
Crackington Haven
This is small but popular beach encased on either side by steep cliffs. Sandy with some good rock pools. It can become quite congested with surfers and bathers during the summer months. The top of the beach is characterised by pebbles and rocks, some of which are of great geological interest. A popular beach with families, Crackington Haven beach backs onto a village with a range of facilities nearby.
Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Car park opposite beach, pub, toilets, shop and café. Also camp site close by.
This is is a dog free beach from Easter Sunday to October 1st.
Surfing: Suitable for all levels of surfer. Usually smaller (2ft) than Widemouth, so good on big days. Rights and lefts peeling into the rip. Waves can be steep at low tide (closeout) or spilling at mid tide, breaking on reef or sand. Lifeguards patrol this beach from early July to early September.
Crooklets
Situated north of Summerleaze beach in Bude. Accessible from Summerleaze beach at low tide.
Due to the small size of the beach it does tend to become quite congested in the summer. The beach is backed by a promenade with beach huts, cafes and surf shops as well as a large car park. It is also the location of Bude Surf Lifesaving Club.
Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Close to cafes and shops. Has a large North Cornwall DC car park and toilets (including Disabled). Skate Park in beach car park. Beach Huts available for hire. This is a dog free beach from Easter Sunday to October 1st.
Surfing: Picks up a little more swell than Widemouth. Lefts and rights, which are steep from low to high tide. Also, left-hander from steps, "Barrel Rock"
Lifeguards patrol this beach from mid May until mid September.
Daymer Bay
On the northern side of the village of Rock on the Camel estuary. A large sandy beach with car park and toilet facilities. At low tide the beach extends along the estuary to Rock. Dog friendly beach.
Duckpool
At the very north of the county, this beach has pebbles at high tide, rocks at mid tide and the sand is finally exposed at the tide goes further out. Very small car park with limited parking along the side of the road. Toilet facilities.
Harlyn Bay
Situated on the eastern side of Trevose Head, west of Padstow, Harlyn is a wide, sandy bay with a reputation as one of the 'safer' beaches. It is popular with families and surf schools. The beach is backed by low cliffs and characterised by low tide, sand banks and steep high tide shelf which creates a shore break
Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Car Park, Toilets, Cafe, Shop, winner of Tidy Britain Group Award, pub across the road from the beach. Harlyn Bay is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing: Suitable for all levels of surfer and is surfable at all tides. When the swell is big on the west facing beaches and the wind is from a southwest direction, Harlyn will be the best wave around. The horseshoe shaped bay produces waves from low through to high providing rights off a rock at the east end of the beach - fast and sucky waves with a ledgy take off, to a peak in the middle producing lefts and rights which are hollow and fast.
Lifeguards patrol this beach over the Easter weekend and from the beginning of May until the end of September.
Millook Haven
A long pebble-covered beach which faces north-west. Near the coast road about 2 miles south of Widemouth Bay. There is no parking at the beach and no toilet facilities. There is a small car park about ˝ a mile to the north but no toilets. From the car park to the beach is quite a steep gradient.
Mother Ivey's Bay
West of Padstow is a superb sandy beach, albeit north-facing. The problem with this beach is the lack of easy access. There is no parking at the beach and no toilet facilities. The nearest parking is at Harlyn Bay (to the east), which then involves a 15 to 20 minute walk along the coast path. This does have the advantage of being uncrowded even on the busiest summer day. Dog friendly beach.
Northcott Mouth
A large west-facing pebble-covered beach to the north of Bude accessed through the village of Poughill. A large expanse of sand as the tide goes out. Rock pools can be found between the pebbles and the sand. There is parking at the beach but no toilet facilities.
Padstow
This is a large fishing harbour but o the north of the town and accessible by a 20 minute walk along the coast path is St Georges Cove this is part of a large stretch of sand that includes Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. All facilities are in Padstow. Dogs are banned at St Georges Cove from Easter to October 1st. Dogs are allowed at Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove
  Polzeath (Also known as Hayle Bay)
Situated at the mouth of the Camel Estuary
Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Blue Flag Award, Tidy Britain Group Award, Cafe, North Cornwall DC Toilets (Disabled), Shop, Polzeath Voluntary Marine Wildlife Reserve, Surf School and Hire, North Cornwall DC car park on beach, other car parks are situated at Tristram, Anne’s Cottage Surf shop and New Polzeath, behind the Atlantic Hotel.
This is a Dog Free Beach from Easter Sunday to October 1st.
Surfing: Suitable for all levels of surfer and is surfable at all tides, but better at low to mid tides.
Lifeguards patrol this beach over the Easter weekend and from late April until late September.
 
Port Gaverne
Sheltered but narrow beach to the east of Port Isaac. Sandy at low tide. Parking and shops at Port Isaac. Toilet facilities near beach.
Port Isaac
The beach is in the centre of the village and serves as the harbour (as seen in Doc Martin). Parking and all facilities nearby.
  Porthcothan
Situated at the southern end of the North Cornwall District, near where it meets Restormel Borough.
Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. North Cornwall DC car park and toilets opposite beach entrance. Shop nearby.
This is a dog friendly beach.
Surfing: Suitable for beginners at low to mid tide but normally not associated with decent consistent surf.
Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until late September.
 
Porthilly Cove
See Rock (below).
Rock
The beach is called Porthilly Cove but stretches north to Daymer Bay. This is on the Camel estuary and has no surf. Very sandy backed by extensive sand dunes. Passenger ferry from Rock crosses the River camel to Padstow. Car park, toilets, cafe, shops and pubs in Rock.
Sandymouth
West of Duckpool but still north of Bude, Sandymouth is a National Trust beach and is popular with families because of its rural location. It is also popular with surfers as it is exposed to all the Atlantic swell directions. A car park and a National Trust cafe are the only facilities near the beach. Dogs are allowed all year round.
The Strangles
A little known but large sandy beach south of Crackington Haven. It is a difficult climb down to the beach. Small lay-by on the coast road but no car park or other facilities. Not safe for swimming.
Summerleaze
The main beach at Bude, it has dunes on one side and the Bude canal on the other.
The Bude Visitor Centre is situated in the Crescent car park where the Heritage Coast Service has an information section on the area and its wildlife. It one of the most popular beaches in the Bude area and becomes congested in the height of the season. At low tide the north end of the beach links on to Crooklets beach.
It is near Bude town centre, with a North Cornwall DC car park and toilets (Disabled), shops and café near by. Encams Seaside Award 2006. It is a dog friendly beach but dogs must be on a lead from late May until 30th Sept between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Surfing: Suitable for all levels of surfer and is surfable at all tides.
Lifeguards patrol this beach over the Easter weekend and from late April until the end of September.
Stanbury Mouth
The most northerly beach in Cornwall, this large beach has pebbles at the top with the sand exposed when the tide goes out. Very limited parking and no toilet facilities. A steep climb down to the beach. An alternative is to park at Duckpool and walk north along the coastal footpath to access Stanbury Mouth.
Trebarwith Strand
Warning: The beach is completely covered at high tide for at least two hours.
Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. North Cornwall DC car park, back up the road towards Trebarwith (5 minute walk to the beach), toilets (Disabled), a pub on the cliffs and various gift shops.
Surfing: Suitable for intermediate and experienced surfers only. Surfable at low to mid tide.
Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until late September.
Trevone Bay
This beach has fine golden sand. Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Shops, café, toilets (disabled), car park and post office in the village. It is a dog free beach from Easter Sunday to October 1st.
Surfing: Suitable for intermediate and experienced surfers only. Surfable at low to mid tide.
Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until late September.
Treyarnon Bay
This sandy bay lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty next to Constantine Bay. It is also one of the cleanest beaches. This is a dog friendly beach
Surfing: Suitable for intermediate asurfers. Surfable at mid to high tide. Signs warn of strong undercurrents and large breaking waves
Lifeguards patrol this beach from late May until late September.
Widemouth Bay
Different to most beaches in North Cornwall as this beach comprises a mile of flat sand backed by low cliffs and grassy fields. Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Several North Cornwall DC car parks and toilets (Disabled), various cafes and shops. Tidy Britain Group Award. The North Beach is a dog free beach from Easter Sunday to October 1st.
Surfing: Suitable for all levels of surfer and is surfable from mid to high tide.
Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach over the Easter weekend 14 - 17 April and from April 29th till September 30th 2006.




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