With 80% of Cornwall surrounded by sea, Cornwall boasts the most coastline in Britain, coming in at a whopping 476km. With its beaches being rated among some of the best in the world, there is a great variety of types to choose from. Of course you can’t really go wrong wherever you go, but do check the tides. Here are our thoughts on what our local beaches are each best for. (Pictured above: Between Rock & Daymer Bay)
Blue Flag – Water Quality
We are very lucky to have 2 out of the 8 beaches in Cornwall awarded a 2015 blue flag within easy reach of Coombe Farm Cottages. Blue Flag status, widely recognised as the gold standard for beaches are judged on 33 criteria including water quality, and is internationally recognised. Widemouth Bay, which is about 25 minutes away & Polzeath, which is about 40 minutes, are both great beaches for a memorable day trip or visit.
Pirate Treasure and Finding Smugglers
Trebarwith Strand is a unique and popular spot. Reached by driving down a windy road, the journey is well worth it. Walk down over the rocks to access the beach. A mix of striking rocks formations, caves, rock pools and golden sand, this beach has something for everyone. At low tide, the enormous caves are revealed, and it is easy to imagine smuggler and pirates making use of these amazing natural hideouts.
Tregardock Beach is referred to locally know as the “secret beach”. This secluded spot can be found (if you know where to look) along one of the wildest stretches of the North Cornish coastline. Not for the feint hearted, you can either set off on foot via Trebarwith Strand and Backways Cove or through the valley from Delabole. It’s a bit of a walk, and the last few metres consist of very steep steps calved into the cliff. It is well worth the expedition, a true Cornish hidden gem. Ask us for more directions at the farmhouse if you fancy a day exploring.
Most Transformed Between Low & High Tide
At high tide Daymer Bay (dog friendly all year) is always a lovely beach. But, when the tide goes out, it opens up into one of the most glorious expanses of sand you’ve ever seen. Walk out left across the beach and you can walk as far as Rock, but keep an eye on what the sea is up to of course, as this area is all tidal. Truly spectacular.
Summerleaze Beach in Bude, is always a favourite and deservedly popular for many reasons. The sand dunes behind the beach are great for a sheltered picnic, a game of hide and seek, or rolling down & jumping off. As well as being an important part of the beach itself, they are a great place to mess around and make memories.
At low tide, so fantastic rock pools can be found at Crackington Haven on each side of the beach. This striking beach, surrounded by high cliffs, has amazing geology. Dig down into these sheltered worlds, and who knows what marine life you might discover.
…and last, but not least, Surfing
It is very hard to choose between Widemouth Bay, and Polzeath Beach for surfing, as both are great. Both have surf schools, and suits and boards for hire if you do not have your own. Polzeath is famous for it’s long slow breaking and consistent waves. Widemouth Bay is so wide the beach has different surfing conditions across the mouth of the bay. Just stay away from the “black rock” in the middle, which should be easy due to the beaches very wide mouth.
Golden Cornish beaches, and clear blue water, come on down and enjoy.