Read and look with caution. This is a virtual section of our coastal trip, with images and blurb taken from Tourist Board and town websites.
This is a popular surfing beaches bordered by soft golden sand and backed by large dunes and dramatic cliffs. From the beach at low tide you can walk to the neighbouring and equally stunning beach at Chapel Porth and apart from the large expanse of sand which is perfect for a game of rounders or cricket, there’s a children’s play park at the top end of the beach making Porthtowan a firm family favourite. The coastal footpath skirts over the cliffs heading east to St Agnes and west to Portreath with spectacular views out over the sea. Situated on the shore is the popular Blue Bar, a relaxed beach side café where you can grab a drink and watch the sun go down.
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St Agnes visitcornwall.co.uk
St Agnes is a picturesque village on the north coast of Cornwall. Steeped in mining history, the village retains a traditional friendly Cornish atmosphere and makes a wonderful base for your holiday. There’s a thriving community with a choice of shops, as well as galleries and craft workshops where beautiful gifts are made by hand. There are also friendly hotels and bars serving good food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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From the main village, walk down to Trevaunance Cove with its ruined harbour. There are four different beaches easily accessed from the village and dramatic coastal walks with some breath-taking scenery filled with relics from the past. These include the iconic Wheal Coates engine house, now part of Cornwall’s World Heritage status and the inspiration behind the original Poldark books.
Perranporth is the gateway to one of Cornwall’s most popular and spectacular beaches where the miles of golden sand, huge surf and sand dunes, jam-packed with wildlife all combine to make a pretty impressive location. Surrounded by countryside that inspired Winston Graham’s swashbuckling Poldark novels, the busy village has plenty of family eateries serving up traditional food along with many cafes and bars that cater for the beach crowd. For the more active, there are surf and kite buggy schools on the beach and from the village the coastal footpath provides some great walking.
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West Pentire visitcornwall.co.uk
The West Pentire arable fields explode in a riot of red poppies and yellow corn marigolds in early summer. A small attractive cove, also known as Polly Joke, is north-west facing and less busy than other beaches nearby. Porth Joke is excellent for rock-pooling and has caves to explore. The beach is also suitable for swimming, body-boarding, surfing and fishing. Sheep graze in the dunes behind the beach.
Newquay, one of the nation’s favourite seaside towns, exudes the laid-back atmosphere you would expect from a town perched on Cornwall’s Atlantic cliffs and bordered by seven miles of glorious golden sandy beaches. It’s a place where all the family gets to relax and enjoy a proper holiday – toes in the sand, ice-cream in hand. There’s a different beach for every day of the week and glorious open spaces looking out to sea. The town manages to be both trendy and yet remains a great family resort – all wrapped up in the most fantastic coastal scenery.
Porth beach, on the east side of Newquay, is very popular with families and has a large area of flat golden sand that offers safe bathing. Porth has level access to the beach and there is pleasant walking around Porth Island.
Mawgan Porth visitcornwall.co.uk
Situated mid-way between Padstow and Newquay on the rugged north Cornish coast, Mawgan Porth offers a beautiful west facing beach, stunning scenery, wondrous walks and superb surfing. Enjoy a fun filled day on the beach with an abundance of activities to try, from rock pooling at low tide, exploring the caves, body boarding, learning to surf with a local surf school and of course having a go at building a sand castle. If you get a little peckish there is a pub, café, restaurant and fish and chip shop nearby.