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Diving in head first. Wrapping towels tight round goosepimpled arms. Scaling the coastpath. Not a soul in sight. A world in a rock pool. It’s all yours for the taking.

Coast and Coves

From sweeping bays to rugged coastlines, secret coves to towering dunes, our coasts and coves are beckoning…

Places to stare 

Looking for a view? Here’s a handful of our all-time spots to take it all in while you sip…

1) Tredea Pub – just a short walk up the hill from Porthcothan, The Tredea has a decked area looking out over the Atlantic.

2) The Blue Tomato – this relaxed Rock-based café offers views of the Camel Estuary to pair with your Cornish ale.

3) Treats on Trikes – indulge in a sweet snack by the banks of the Camel estuary with the lovely chaps from Treats on Trikes, who park up midway between Padstow at Penquean Quarry on the Camel Trail.

4) Rock Inn – a short ferry ride from Padstow, the Rock Inn lays claim to a spectacular scene from its sea-perched balcony.

5) Fifteen Cornwall – slap bang on Watergate Bay, watch the tide flood in across the sand as you savour a glass of something special.

Water walking

Whether you’re a hardened hiker of a gentle stroller, with over 36 miles of coastal path surrounding the Padstow area, you’re bound to
find a soon-to-be favourite seaside stretch to tackle by foot.
Pack a picnic and drink in the vistas of the Camel Estuary, or make a day of it with one of the three legs of 10-12 mile walks between the pretty town of Port Isaac and Newquay.
Plan your journey, and to find those all-important stops to whet your whistle. –

A bay a day

The small town of St Merryn, just four-miles drive from Padstow, dubs itself as the gateway to The Seven Bays. This cluster of sandy stretches, family-friendly beaches and tucked away coves is ripe for exploring. Discover them all at once, or take in one for each day of the week…

  • Harlyn Bay

    Sheltered, safe and surrounded by rolling green hills, the stretching sands of Harlyn make the ideal spot for a family day out. With lifeguards through the summer, and parking beside the sand, it’s no surprise that its one of the Seven Bays most popular beaches.

  • Constantine Bay

    Scale the sand dunes from Constantine’s carpark and you’ll see a beauty of a beach roll out in front of you. Atlantic breakers make this a surfer’s favourite, while panoramic views mean it’s the ideal late-afternoon place for a barbecue with a backdrop.

  • Porthcothan Bay

    This grassy dune-lined cove is perfect for a spot of sunbathing. Sheltered from the wind, Porthcothan is more of a swimmers haven than a surfer’s delight. And when the tide goes out, it links up with the surrounding coves and bays, perfect for walking off all that ice cream.

  • Trevone

    Sea-worn tidal rock pools and a sandy beach make Trevone a beachcomber’s delight. This delightful cove is set beside a village of the same name, where you can indulge in a pasty or cream tea in the nearby Beach Café.

  • Treyarnon Bay

    Explore the nooks and crannies of this north-facing sandy outcrop. Bright blue rock pools team with marine life, while its sands – exposed at low tide – open up the bay for beach games, strolling or just taking in the day.

  • Mother Ivey’s

    Taking its name from wise old sage Mother Ivey (a mythical Cornish character), this secluded cove is best reached from Harlyn, well-worth the 20 minute stroll across the sand. Rock sheltered and with fewer beach goers than the surrounding bays, it’s great for a less hectic summer’s day or blustery winter walk. Just remember to pack a picnic as there are no shops nearby.

  • Booby’s Bay

    Reached by the stunning coast path from Constantine Bay, Booby’s soft sandy beach and wide-open waters make it an ideal spot for surfers and sun seekers who want a more subdued beach experience.

Getting away

From sands that stretch for miles to festivals that bring the beats to the beach, head slightly further afield and Cornwall’s coastline presents even more choice.

If you’re after chilled-out beach days, the small cove of Hawker’s Bay just north of Padstow is an intimate affair, while the tucked away treasure of Greenaways beach provides some much needed quiet time away from summer crowds.

If it’s adrenaline you’re after, the huge-skied Watergate Bay is all set for wind, kite and big wave surfing. And when the summer rolls around beach becomes venue – festivals like Electric Beach and Board Masters make their home here.

Places to stare 

Looking for a view? Here’s a handful of our all-time spots to take it all in while you sip…

1) Tredea Pub – just a short walk up the hill from Porthcothan, The Tredea has a decked area looking out over the Atlantic.

2) The Blue Tomato – this relaxed Rock-based café offers views of the Camel Estuary to pair with your Cornish ale.

3) Treats on Trikes – indulge in a sweet snack by the banks of the Camel estuary with the lovely chaps from Treats on Trikes, who park up midway between Padstow at Penquean Quarry on the Camel Trail.

4) Rock Inn – a short ferry ride from Padstow, the Rock Inn lays claim to a spectacular scene from its sea-perched balcony.

5) Fifteen Cornwall – slap bang on Watergate Bay, watch the tide flood in across the sand as you savour a glass of something special.

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