Tregardock is a stunning
beach that is best accessed has the tide recedes. Renowned locally for
it's superior surf and secluded location.
The approach to Tregardock is on foot, via either
Trebarwith Strand and Backways cove, or via the lane that descends
towards Treligga from Delabole.
The footpath passes through a lush valley, wending
its way down to a cutting in the hillside that reveals stunning views
of the coast to Port Isaac and beyond. From here the footpath descends
steeply through a lush green valley to the cliff top, were wooden
stairs allow you to climb down to the rocks and the final steps that
have been hewn out of the cliff.
The beach is a sliver of golden sand that is
revealed at low tide. The rock pools and craggy outcrops that are
exposed to explore are teeming with little crabs, guppies and the
Tregardock has no facilities whatsoever.
Treligga is a small hamlet on the edge of a
disused airfield overlooking the Atlantic ocean and Backways cove. The
airfield is now home to sheep and the like. The original control tower
is still standing, has are the old barracks, but one is home to
livestock in bad weather and the other is used for storage. There is
hearsay talk of buried planes and old motor vehicles at the end of the
old airfield runway, but I do know that the odd shell is still
ploughed up by the farmers.
Please note that there is not really anywhere to
park here and the walk to the beach is nearly a half of a mile from
the road. Please be thoughtful when parking.
the highlighted link to see some rare footage
of Justin Hayward performing the track
has a solo artist -
Tregardock: From the "Poetry in Motion" album. The entire "Poetry in
Motion" album is based on the work of the late Sir John Betjeman
who now rests in peace at St Enodoc church at