As summer approaches, it’s time to start looking out for your next getaway – and what better place to explore than the beautiful beaches around Cornwall? The county is famous for the variety and quality of its beaches.
Whether you’re looking for popular family beaches, secluded beaches hidden away from the buzz of the crowd, or the best places to surf in the UK, Cornwall has something for everyone.
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Perranporth, Godrevy and Fistral beaches are famous for attracting surfers from all over the UK and beyond. Perranporth is a typical seaside holiday resort, but with the feel of a village, rather than the sprawl of a busy town. Friendly shops, cafes and pubs attract visitors and the two-mile beach is a popular location for surfers and people hoping to soak up the sun. It has decent surf, with a natural outdoor swimming pool filled by the seawater at high tide.
Godrevy is the northern tip of a three-mile beach, stretching from Hayle to Godrevy Head. It is exposed to the Atlantic swell and has perfect surfing conditions as a result. The coastline features a rugged splendour that is popular among walkers too. It offers some spectacular views, with a rocky headland overlooking the landmark, Godrevy lighthouse.
Fistral Beach in Newquay is known as the home of British surfing, thanks to the quality and consistency of the surf. To the surfing community, the location is well-known across the globe. On calm days, everyone can enjoy the ocean swell, but only the experts will brave Cornwall’s most famous big wave, known as the Cribbar.
If you’re looking for bustling town beaches where you can spend the whole day, with lots of cafes, restaurants and things to do, check out the golden sands of Marazion and Porthmeor.
Marazion beach is at the end of a long expanse of sand, stretching all the way to Penzance. There’s a backdrop of picturesque dunes, while the iconic St Michael’s Mount can be accessed via the causeway at low tide. The south-facing beach is perfect for families to spend a day relaxing, as it’s calm and sheltered. There are rocky coves to explore next to the sand. Steeped in culture, the surrounding town is one of the oldest in England.
Porthmeor is St Ives’ most westerly beach and features a curved, sandy bay. Overlooked by the imposing Tate gallery, the artistic theme continues with former art studios converted into holiday flats backing on to the beach. It has beach huts, a cafe and car park and is just a short distance from St Ives’ centre.
The more sheltered beaches of the south coast, such as Praa Sands and Porthcurno, offer great swimming opportunities, as the coves are protected from the northerly winds.
Praa Sands is located between Perranuthnoe and Porthleven. In the summer, it’s a sheltered area to relax, as the sea is often calm and flat, making it an excellent choice for casual swimmers and kids. There are plenty of cafes, shops, public toilets and campsites within walking distance of the beach.
Porthcurno nestles among spectacular granite cliffs, while the beach is part of the larger bay, opening up at low tide to reveal golden sands that stretch to Logan Rock on the cliffs – the site of an Iron Age castle.
There are even more remote beaches, including Kynance and Harlyn, where you can really get away from it all, if that’s your ideal holiday. Kynance Cove is a haven of white sand, turquoise water, caves, islands and breathtaking rock formations, making it one of the prettiest beaches in Cornwall since Victorian times.
On Cornwall’s north coast, near Padstow, Harlyn Bay is a large beach, where the coastal path winds across the sands on its way to the legendary Bedruthan Steps. It’s a great place to swim and the only facilities at this hidden gem are some toilets and a carpark, so it never becomes too busy, as most people tend to flock to the beaches where there’s more to do.
The beauty of Cornwall’s beaches is that they are not situated too far from each other, so if you’re planning a Cornish adventure, such as a road trip in a motorhome, you could take in more than one beach during your holiday – and they are certainly all worth some of your time!
There are all sorts of interesting and fun activities you can enjoy from a motorhome base – have a late-night barbecue under the stars or watch the early morning sunrise. Sit and chat with friends on the beach, while having breakfast al fresco on a summer’s morning.
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