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There are many beaches available to those who have a dog or two with them on holiday.

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North Coast Beaches

Watergate Bay

3 miles north of Newquay. One of Cornwall's more spectacular rural beaches with 2 miles of golden sand at low tide backed by 300 foot cliffs. There is car parking right behind the beach, shop facilities, food is available too. Watergate Bay is an excellent destination for a brisk walk. Mile long sandy beach, popular with surfers. Beach/surf hire, Cafe and restaurant with teaching for many sand and sea based activities It is about an hour's walk along the Coastal Path north from Newquay. Life guards on duty in Season.

Watergate Beach
Watergate Bay

Life Guard Seasonal , Car Park, Swim, Surf, Shop, Toilets , Cafe.


Trebarwith Strand, Nr Tintagel
The beach at Trebarwith is at the bottom of a deep valley with many attractive views along the Heritage Coastline towards Gull Rock. Rocks must be negotiated before you reach the rocky sands of the beach.

The high tide covers the beach completely for about two hours so care must be taken. Signs at the top of the beach warn of the dangers. The coastal path north leads to Tintagel and makes a wonderful scenic walk.

The village of Tintagel provides much to see including the old Post Office, King Arthur's Hall and the ruined castle. Tintagel itself has no beach and therefore Trebarwith Strand is the closest.
Life Guard - Seasonal, Swim, Car Park, Shop, Toilets (Dis.), Cafe.


Camel Estuary

Polzeath can be found in the Camel Estuary in Hayle Bay. The beach is well used by surfers and bathers and is regularly cleaned. Information in the form of a board describes the area as well as giving details of water quality.

National Trust land adjacent to the beach provide footpaths leading to Pentire Point giving superb views from the Rump headlands.

The Heritage Coast Service regularly organises "Seashore Searches" of the rock pools near New Polzeath as part of its summer program.

L ife Guard Seasonal Dog Ban, Tidy Britain Group Award, Cafe, Swim, Surf, Toilets (Dis.), Shop, Car Park. Polzeath Voluntary Marine Wildlife Reserve

Daymer Bay

This bay is situated to the south of Trebetherick next to National Trust land and consists of approximately one third of a mile of sand. The coastal path to the north of Daymer Bay leads to Polzeath and provides some picturesque views of Padstow harbour and surrounding area.
Swim, Car Park, Toilets, Cafe, Shop, NO LIFEGUARD.

Harbour Cove

Harbour Cove is situated in a Site of Special Scientific Interest north of Padstow. There is no car park as such but during the summer there is parking for approximately 150 cars at Lellizzick. Permissive access is given from the car park to the beach. Walks along the coast path give excellent views over Padstow and Rock as well as Pentire Point and Trevose Head. Padstow Tourist Information Centre contains much information about the wildlife and the surrounding area and also features an information section by the Heritage Coast Service.
Summer Car Park NO LIFEGUARD.,

Trevone Bay

Trevone Bay is located to the south of Trevose Head and to the north of Harlyn Bay.

This beach is situated in an area of great geological interest. There is ample parking during the summer season.
Life Guard Seasonal Dog Ban, Cafe, Car Park, Toilets( Dis.), Shop.

Harlyn Bay

On the eastern side of Trevose Head sits Harlyn Bay. The two thirds of a mile of sand and pebbles are backed by the dunes which are themselves surrounded by the cliffs towards Cataclews Point. These cliffs form Big Guns Cove. 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. The cliffs at Trevose Head give superb views towards Pentire Head and Newquay across the rocky sea. To the north east of the bay lies Mother Ivey's Bay. On the northern shore of this rocky cove stands the Padstow lifeboat house. Wildlife and walks information is available from the Padstow Tourist Information Centre which has a Heritage Coast Information section within it.
Life Guard - Seasonal, Tidy Britain Group Award , Swim, Surf, Car Park, Toilets, Cafe, Shop.

Booby's Bay

South of Trevone Head sits Booby's Bay. There is a small National Trust property adjacent to the bay which is popular in the summer. There is limited car parking and it is best to park at Constantine Bay and walk along to Booby's Bay. Walks to the north of the beach provide superb views from Trevose Head along the Cornish coast as well as a great variety of wild flowers.
Life Guard Seasonal Swim, Surf. (Nearest facilities Constantine)

Constantine Bay

The beach at Constantine Bay is backed by large dunes blanketed in marram grass and is defined by the low headlands and rocky islands that head out to sea. The dunes to the rear of the beach have been planted with marram grass to help stabilise them.

The rocky beach can provide many rock pools well worth exploring. The coastal path traces the perimeter of the bay over the low cliffs with some seaward views that should be seen.

Life Guard Seasonal Tidy Britain Group Award , Car Park, Toilets (Dis.), Swim, Surf, Shop 400m up the road.

Treyarnon Bay

Treyarnon boasts one of the most unspoilt beaches in North Cornwall. Its sandy bay lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty next to Constantine Bay. It also boasts one of the cleanest beaches. The coastal path provides some of the most spectacular views in North Cornwall.
Life Guard Seasonal , Tidy Britain Group Award, Car Park, Swim, Surf, Shop, Toilets (Dis.), Cafe.


The sandy beach at Porthcothan is located south of Constantine Bay. There is plenty of parking although at high tide the area of sand on the beach is restricted. The coastal path gives splendid views both to the north and south as well as displaying a variety of wildlife.

Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthen Steps, North Coast
Famous for its wave swept stacks at the foot of rugged cliffs. No Lifeguards. Beware of being trapped by incoming tide. A beautiful setting. Loads of parking but 150 steps down to beach and up again! Short walk to cafe and toilets run by NT.

Mawgan Porth

Sheltered sandy beach. Good for surfing.