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Beaches in North Cornwall North Cornwall Coast


From Welcome Mouth to Daymer Bay


This stretch of coast line is one of Cornwall's longest, and some say the home of the more challenging beaches.






North Cornwall Beach Map    
Below is a list of beaches found on the North Cornwall Coast, listed numerically from top to bottom.    






A secluded and quiet bay located at the end of a rough unmade road. Sandy from mid tide onwards, it also offers some excellent rock pools, Welcombe beach is both beautiful and almost always peaceful.


Marshland Mouth  beach is a quiet, untouched beach set in the Welcombe and Marshland Valleys Nature Reserve. This beach is right on the boundary between Devon and Cornwall with the river marking the boundary.

Stanbury Mouth is a quiet, secluded beach, with pebbles at the high tide mark, and rocky out crops with rock pools, and sand as the tide recedes.

A National Trust beach which is situated between steep cliffs and wooded valleys, with the amazing Steeple Point to the right of the beach.


Sandymouth sits along a stretch of coast between Bude and Morwenstow. With a dramatic backdrop of sheer cliffs dating back millions of years, and a pebble ridge at the top of the beach with sand exposed as the tide recedes


Northcott Mouth, though has its own beach, at low tide the sandy beach runs as far down to Crooklets beach in Bude to the south, and as far as Duckpool in the north.



Crooklets Beach is a west-facing sandy beach in  Bude. At low tide Crooklets beach links with the neighbouring beaches of Summerleaze and Northcott Mouth, exposing a wider expanse of sand and rock pools.

Summerleaze Beach is the nearest beach to the town centre and makes this very popular, however with the extensive sands the beach never seems over crowded. The beach is surrounded by dunes on one side and the Bude canal on the other.


A large sandy beach reaching almost 2 miles when the tide is out. To the southern end of the beach you will find a more rocky out crop (Black Rock), at which you will see rock pools teaming with life.


Millook Haven is a mainly coarse shingle and quite large pebbles driven up into a 'storm ridge'. It is located between Widemouth Bay and Crackington Haven.



Crackington Haven is a lovely sand and shingle cove dominated by majestic cliffs and offering a stretch of golden sand along with many rock pools when the tide is out.


The Strangles is a sand and shingle beach between Boscastle and Crackington Haven that is reached via a public footpath crossing the Southwest Coast Path.

13. Benoath Cove



14. Bossiney Cove

Benoath Cove is a fine, sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs at Bossiney, near Tintagel. At low water the beach is joined to Bossiney Haven (Bossiney Cove) and at high tide, Benoath Beach disappears except for a few rocky ledges.


Bossiney Cove (Bossiney Haven) is a secluded picturesque cove, located just north of Tintagel. The Cove has an excellent beach at low tide and is generally a quiet get away.

15. Tintagel Beach



16. Trebarwith Strand

Tintagel beach is a small sand, shingle and stony beach that is better known for a spectacular cave, known as Merlin’s Cave which gives the only access to the small and stony Westside Cove the other side of the headland.


Trebarwith Strand is a popular family beach known for its fine golden sands, located between the villages of Port Isaac and Tintagel.

17. Tregardock Beach


18. Port Gaverne

Tregardock is a surf beach similar to Trebarwith strand but access is by footpath only. There are beautiful views on the walk down to the beach over Port Isaac Bay and nice wildflowers.


Port Gaverne is a sheltered, narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide with shingle and pebbles above the tide line. Neighbour to Port Isaac, this may be one of the quaintest cove in North Cornwall nestling in under the cliffs.

19. Port Isaac


20. Port Quin


Port Isaac Beach is situated in one of the most picturesque villages in Cornwall, recognised by many as ‘Port Wenn’ in ITV’s ‘Doc Martin’ television series. It is a small, shingle and sandy beach nestling in the sheltered harbour.


Port Quin Beach is an unspoilt cove, popular with walkers and kayakers, set in a deep rocky inlet between Port Isaac and Polzeath. A narrow and sheltered cove with a rocky beach, it is only accessible at low tide.

21. Lundy Bay



22. Epphaven Beach


Lundy Bay is a sheltered cove that is located  north of Polzeath. At low tide Lundy Bay reveals a sandy beach with an abundance of rock pools. The bay is accessed from the main road via a kissing gate.


The upper part of the beach is rocky and most of it gets covered at high water. However, as the tide retreats areas of fine flat yellow sand are exposed, and numerous rock pools, but there is little or no beach at high water.

23. Polzeath


24. Greenaways

Polzeath is one of the safest beaches along this stretch of coast and attracts holiday makers and a multitude of surfers due to a combination of a beautiful sandy beach, its easily accessible location, and water quality you would expect from this Blue Flag beach.


To the right of Daymer Bay you will find a little known cove of sand and rocks situated at Trebetherick near Polzeath by the name of Greenaways.

25. Daymer Bay


 Beach Guide Key


  Parking   Lifeguards
  Toilets   Dog Friendly Beach
  Disabled Access   Surfing Beach
  Blue Flag Beach      

Daymer Bay is a stunning beach that at low tide forms a long stretch of golden sand backed by dunes from Daymer Bay all the way to Rock with superb views across Camel Estuary.









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