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Bathing and Surfing Beaches in North Cornwall 

Many would agree that North Cornwall has some of the finest beaches in the whole county. The beaches in North Cornwall are in abundance and you really are spoilt for choice. There are miles and miles of coves and inlets to be discovered. Long unbroken stretches of golden sand can be found all the way from Porthcothan to Sandymouth. There are many fine surfing beaches dotted along the coast including Harlyn and Constantine bay , old Polzeath, Trebarwith strand and the fabulous Widemouth bay. So get out and explore the coast of North Cornwall and you will find out why so many people return here year after year. Once you have been and seen, I'm sure you will agree that the beaches in North Cornwall , and the stunning coastline are among the best you have ever seen in the UK.

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Please follow the seaside code and take heed of warning signs.

The only things you should really be taking home from the beach after your visit are, yourselves, your litter and any photos you may have taken, after that it's with your conscience. But we do ask you to help preserve these beautiful assets by leaving them as you found them.

BOOBY'S BAY is a popular beach with the surfers.

CROOKLETS  More for surfers this beach. A gently shelving beach with lots of nooks and crannies to poke around. Crooklets beach is north of Summerleaze beach just before Wrangle Point, but both become one at low tide. The coast path around Crooklets affords the walker views over to Millook and the North Cornwall's Heritage Coast. There is Lifeguard in Season and amenities include a Cafe, Toilets (Dis.) a Shop and Car Park. No dogs are allowed during the season.

CRACKINGTON HAVEN  A long pebbly beach in the main but very popular and if you approach from the Boscastle direction you will have an awesome view as you descend into the haven.

CONSTANTINE BAY is a good swimming and surfing beach with plenty of rock pools.

DAYMER BAY and CASSOCK.  Just around the headland from Polzeath and further into the mouth of the estuary you will find a beach that is great for swimming as well as sunbathing.

DUCKPOOL is a pebbly, shelving beach with good surf and good marine life too but it is generally not recommended to swim here. There are no lifeguards at Duckpool. There are public toilets.

HARLYN BAY  is a crescent shaped bay of sand and pebbles with rock pools and lovely walks.

LUNDY BAY  is a secluded beach located slightly up the coast from Pentire Glaze Haven.  It is reached via a footpath that is located about half a mile back along the road into New Polzeath or via the coast path from Pentire Glaze. The bay is ideal for diving and swimming at high tide and a sandy beach with rock pools and caves is revealed to explore as the tide recedes.

NORTHCOTT MOUTH  like Sandymouth, is a sandy beach that is bordered by Maer Cliff to the south and Menachurch Point to the north. Northcott Mouth is on the Heritage Coast and is popular with both surfers and swimmers. For walkers there is much to see on the coast path with spectacular views and abundant wildlife. There is a seasonal Lifeguard present and the public amenities include a car park and a Cafe.

PADSTOW Harbour cove is just a short walk from Padstow. A sunny disposition again prevails due to its estuary location.

POLZEATH  A vast gently sloping sandy beach at low tide. With good surfing and bathing. Being at the mouth of the camel estuary , the beach is of a sunny disposition most of the day.

PORTHCOTHAN BAY  is a beautiful golden sandy beach surrounded by sand dunes.  It is the most southerly of the North Cornwall beaches. There is a car park and toilets opposite the beach and a shop close by. Porthcothan bay is not known for its decent consistent surf and can prove hazardous, so do take care. Lifeguards patrol this beach from May 22nd until September 31st.

SANDYMOUTH as the name suggests is a very sandy and generally  well sheltered beach at the very North of the North Cornwall coastline. Sandy Mouth is an excellent beach with many appealing aspects. Sandymouth is a recipient of the "Tidy Britain" Group Award. The beach offers many activities with clean sand, rocks to climb and rock pools for exploring. The cliffs in this area are a little unstable but do provide a great habitat that supports a variety of wildflowers. The area around Sandymouth is classed as Heritage Coast, and walking here is well worth the effort but do keep an eye on the tide has some stretches of this coast can be cut off by the incoming tide quite quickly and the cliffs offer very little escape. There is a seasonal Lifeguard present and there are public amenities including a car park, toilets and a Cafe and shop.

SUMMERLEAZE  Excellent family beach that as it all. From the canal at the south to the dunes at the north.

Trebarwith strand and the valley in more detail. TREBARWITH STRAND  is a fine sandy beach at low tide interspersed with large areas of rocks. Good for surfing. Lifeguard present during season. Read warning notices and take heed and you'll have a great day here.

TREVONE BAY  comprises of two beaches, a sandy one and a rocky one with a natural swimming pool, and is great for children to go crabbing in the rock pools and to collect shells.†The sandy beach is quite sheltered and has lifeguards in the summer.† Just above the sandy beach is a giant natural blow hole, which is at least 80ft deep and is a great tourist attraction.

TREYARNON BAY is a popular beach with the surfers

WIDEMOUTH BAY comprises the north beach (here a dog ban is in force). and BLACKROCK the south beach. Both are of a similar disposition.  Rock pools for the kids and cliff walks of a very easy nature. An excellent day out for all.

Dog free beaches

A dog ban is in force at the following beaches from Easter Day until the 1st October.

On the spot fines will be issued to anyone failing to clear up after their dog and non-payees will be pursued through the courts.


Trevone has two beaches, one sandy and  one rocky. The dog ban only applies to the sandy beach.

 St Georgeís Well

Crackington Haven


Widemouth Bay (North)


Dog owners who ignore the ban risk a maximum fine of £1,000.

Please note that a Dogs natural habitat is not really the beach or the back seat of a car.

Also Dogs are not that well trained in the use of public conveniences.

We do respectfully request that dog owners are well equipped

to deal with any mishaps that may occur.

Remember, burying dog mess in the sand is not the solution.

Dogs are welcome on other beaches in North Cornwall

but dog owners must clean up immediately if their dog fouls on the beach.

Remember that if itís your dog - itís your business.

Owners who do not clean up face a £50 spot fine or a maximum court fine of £1,000.


Please take care along our shore, and you will leave here wanting more.

 But if the warnings you ignore, then you may get more than you bargained for.

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