North Cornwall beach holidays

The obvious choice for surfing and sandcastles

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Jules Pearson

Sophie Gackowski
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North Cornwall beach holidaysPlanning a beach holiday in North Cornwall? You should be – this is serious surfing country (though it’s safe to say sunbathers, scuba divers and watersports fans won’t go unsatisfied, either!). More rugged than South Cornwall, its sweeping bays of warm, golden sand stretch for 40 miles from Perranporth to Bude, offering great Atlantic rollers backed by fantastic cliff-sides – in truth, there’s possibly no better spot in Britain to hop upon your board and tackle those waves. Bright, turquoise seascapes and grassy cliff faces await those who’d rather enjoy coastal walks along the Camel Trail, or take day trips to sites like Tintagel Castle.

In fact, when you’re not sunning yourself on the sand, the North’s collection of thriving seaside towns ensures you’re kept busy: from heritage safaris to spas, art galleries to gardens, beaches won’t be the only thing that’ll make your break the best one yet. Tempted? Here’s my guide to the best beaches in North Cornwall.

 

Top five spots for beach holidays in North Cornwall


   

Beach holidays in Padstow Beach holidays in Padstow

 

Book a holiday cottage in Padstow, and you’ll have no less than nine stretches to explore along the Camel Estuary. Families, check out Harlyn Bay; surfers, head down to Constantine. Looking for somewhere more sheltered? Make your way to Mother Ivey’s Bay on the Trevose Headland, pictured left, for a stroll. This little fishing port is also a hotspot for foodies, so treat yourself to the freshest seafood and sample Paul Ainsworth’s dishes down at Number 6 – he featured on the BBC’s Great British Menu back in 2011. 

 

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Beach holidays in Bude Beach holidays in Bude

 

Duckpool and Widemouth, Sandymouth and Crackington Haven – Bude’s beaches may have funny names but they’re all brilliant spots for families. Come here in summer, and shores are packed with little ones enjoying sun, sea and sand, pattering bare feet in front of pastel-coloured beach huts as they master the construction of sandcastles. Crooklets Beach, pictured left, is a great spot for crabbing, as is Summerleaze – ask at the tourist information centre in town and they can kit your kids out with everything they’ll need!

 

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Beach holidays in Newquay Beach holidays in Newquay

 

If you want to explore a different beach every morning (and perhaps eat a different ice-cream alongside) you can’t go wrong with a stay in Newquay. A pretty town surrounded by seven miles of sandy shores, it’s a wonderful family resort with eleven stretches to choose from – as well as plenty of attractions for when the weather isn’t on your side. Explore rockpools at Great Western or enjoy a stroll along Watergate Beach, pictured left. Surfers, however, will want to head for Fistral Beach, the epicentre of surf culture in the UK.

 

 

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Beach holidays in St Agnes Beach holidays in St Agnes

 

Once a centre for Cornish mining, today St Agnes is a lovely and laid-back sort of place – a town for those seeking a quieter beach break. Its main shore is Trevaunance Cove, one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets when it comes to spectacular shores – come here when the tide’s out to walk to neighbouring Trevallas Porth. Better known but equally breathtaking is Chapel Porth Beach, its enormous waves crashing against the sand and its sea spray truly revitalising. Back in town, why not travel to Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm?

 

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Other beaches in North Cornwall Other beaches in North Cornwall

 

From Boscastle to Mawgan Porth, Perranporth to Wadebridge, North Cornwall’s filled with beautiful towns, and with each comes a selection of beaches. The Blue Flag 2013 beach at Polzeath is known for dolphin sightings, while Porthtowan has cocktail bars ready to quench your thirst. Rock Beach has been known for its celebrity guests, while Port Gaverne in Port Isaac is surely one of Cornwall’s most serene. In truth, we couldn’t possibly do justice to the North Coast’s every offering – for more info, simply check out VisitCornwall.

 

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Written by Sophie Gackowski

 

North Cornwall Holiday Rentals

SKYGAZER'S REST, pet friendly, with hot tub in Morwenstow, Ref 913822

Skygazer's Rest is a detached, single-storey cottage, set in the hamlet of Morwenstow and can sleep eight people. This all ground floor cottage has a super king-size double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom curtained from the bedroom and doors to ...

OCEAN RETREAT , pet friendly, with a garden in Tintagel, Ref 904228

Ocean Retreat is a ground floor, semi-detached cottage set less than two miles from Tintagel in Cornwall. There are three bedrooms, two king-size doubles (one of which offers an en-suite bathroom), along with a children's bunk bedroom, meaning the...

HENFORD LODGE, family friendly, with pool in Bude, Ref 903740

Henford Lodge is a detached, single-storey lodge set on a holiday park, near the National Trust owned beach of Sandymouth, five miles from Bude. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one double and one twin, as well as a b...

The Old Manse - Stunning House With Private Beach Hut At Bude Sea Pool

Step through the front door of The Old Manse and immediately be charmed by the warmth and welcome generated by this fabulous house. Adjacent to Flexbury Church and directly opposite the Bude & North Cornwall golf course, the house oozes charm and ...

West Haven - stunning property overlooking the Atlantic sleeping up to 13

Stunning house right in the heart of Widemouth Bay, with far reaching views over the dramatic Atlantic ocean, and a short walk along the meandering, almost level, path to the wide, inviting sands. Sleeping up to 13, with four en suite bedrooms, la...
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