Read and look with caution. This is the last virtual section on the south western section of our coastal trip, with images and blurb taken from Tourist Board and town websites.
Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families. The sandy beach opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs. Surfers find Porthcothan to be a quiet surf spot with normally no decent consistent surf.
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A lovely clean, north-west facing, sandy beach surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes. This popular family beach offers an expanse of fine sand at low water with plenty of nooks to discover. It is a short walk around the point from Constantine Bay to the north.
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Constantine Bay visitcornwall.co.uk
With a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, Constantine Bay beach offers a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands. This west-facing beach also has numerous rock pools to explore and is very popular for swimming and surfing. Constantine Bay is separated from its neighbour, Booby’s Bay, to the north, by a thin rocky point, bordered by a large rocky reef to the south and backed by a network of sand dunes.
Jutting into the Atlantic, Trevose Head commands views for miles along the coast
Considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay is a wide and spacious beach of yellow sand and pebbles with plenty of interesting rock pools backed by dunes and situated on the eastern side of Trevose Head. With its reputation as one of the safest beaches in the Cornwall, the crescent shaped bay is popular with novice surfers who can learn to master the waves with surf schools who run sessions from the beach. There’s a fascinating combination of rocky shoreline, sand, dune and tide pools to explore and the beautiful bay is also an unbeatable location to have a go at sea kayaking. The south east corner of Harlyn village provides the access to the beach, next to a stream that flows on to the beach. The remains of an old iron age cemetery were discovered behind the beach below the sand.
Trevone Bay has a gently shelving, sandy beach, surrounded by cliffs and situated in an area of great geological interest. The beach has golden sand and little alcoves to sit and watch away the day. The cliffs to the north east of the beach provide fantastic walks and views to Hawkers Cove, the Camel Estuary and beyond. The cliff has a large blowhole as well, which appears on top of the cliff, so beware of getting too close to the edge if you’re not good with heights! Popular with surfers this small cove produces good waves from low to mid tide. Right handers from the rocks on the right and a peak in the middle that has mainly rights and shorter lefts. It also has lefts off the left-hand side of the bay, suitable for intermediate and experienced surfers.
Padstow is a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, at the head of the Camel River. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day. This foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, is the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail and a good base for water sports. Padstow Museum houses an interesting collection of memorabilia giving an insight into the history of Padstow over the past two centuries. Take the ferry across the river to the village of Rock. From here there are some great walks along the coast to the spectacular beaches of Daymer Bay and Polzeath.
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Trebetherick is a village on the north coast of Cornwall on the headland, east of the River Camel estuary. There is a stunning beach at Daymer Bay where, at low tide, long stretches of golden sand are exposed, backed by dunes with superb views across the Camel Estuary.