North Cornwall Beaches

North Cornwall Beaches

Whether you’re planning a staycation or a day trip with the kids. Use our coastal holiday guide to discover beautiful North Cornwall beaches.

Find your favourite North Cornwall Beaches

The dramatic Atlantic Coast of North Cornwall is home to the UK’s surfing capital Newquay and some of the UK’s top seaside destinations. There is something for everyone with loads of North Cornwall beaches to visit. Nature lovers can enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife walking the South West Coast Path between Bude, Padstow and Newquay.


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Know the name of the beach you are looking? See the full list of beaches in North Cornwall in alphabetical order.

Bedruthan Steps

Visit Bedruthan Steps A rugged sandy beach with rocky outcrops just eight miles from Newquay, Bedruthan Steps, is reached down…

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Boobys Bay

Boobys Bay is a wide sandy beach on the northern end of Constantine Bay. It is a…

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Bossiney Haven

Bossiney Haven or Bossiney Cove is a quiet sandy cove just north of Tintagel on the North…

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Constantine Bay

Constantine Bay is a lovely sandy beach, with lots of rock pools linking up to Boobys Bay…

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Crackington Haven

West facing Crackington Haven Beach, is a shingle and rock beach, with views of some of the…

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Crantock Beach

Crantock Beach is an award winning favourite just a short drive from Newquay Town Centre on the…

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Crooklets Beach

Visit Crooklets Beach. One of Cornwall’s top surfing beaches, Crooklets Beach, separated from Summerleaze beach to the south by a…

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Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay is a wide sandy bay popular with families, and is an excellent spot for swimming…

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Duckpool Beach

Duckpool Beach in North Cornwall is a sand and shingle beach in a sheltered cove, below Steeple…

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Fistral Beach

Wide open West facing Fistral Beach, is one of Newquays’ most famous beaches and one the most…

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Great Western Beach

Great Western Beach, in the heart of Newquay is reached by a steep slope from nearby…

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Harlyn Bay

North Facing Harlyn Bay just to the east of Trevose Head, is a popular family holiday and…

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Hawkers Cove

Just north of Padstow, Hawkers Cove is a golden sandy beach that looks across the Camel Estuary…

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Harbour Cove

Just south of Hawkers cove is Harbour Cove, a wide sandy beach overlooking the River Camel. Beach…

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Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay near Newquay on the North Cornwall coast is a favourite beach with both families and…

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Lundy Bay

Lundy Bay is a small rocky beach with sand only at low tide backed by rural farmland….

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Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze in North Cornwall is a privately owned beach, set in a cove with beautiful golden…

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Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth beach is a popular surfing location and award winning UK beach holiday destination on…

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Millook Haven

Millook Haven is a secluded pebble beach, surrounded by imposing cliffs close to Widemouth Bay in Bude….

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Mother Iveys Bay

Mother Iveys Bay has a secluded rural sandy beach called Long Cove bay on the Trevose…

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Newtrain Bay

Newtrain Bay just south of Trevone Bay is the rocky beach, perfect for rock pooling and shell…

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Newquay Harbour Beach

Charming Newquay Harbour Beach is a small sheltered cove next to Towan beach with an expanse…

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Northcott Mouth

Visit Northcott Mouth A popular surfing beach. Just south of Duckpool, Northcott Mouth is the long stretch of sand, which…

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Padstow Harbour

Padstow Harbour Beach HighlightsLocal LinksBeach Management This beach is … Surfing spotGreat for families Have a great…

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Penhale Sands

Penhale Sands or Perran Sands on the North Cornwall coast is a wide open beach backed by…

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Pentire Steps

The next beach north along from Bedruthan Steps on the North Cornwall Coast Pentire Sands is off…

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Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach is a large three mile sandy stretch of beach with dunes behind, is a popular…

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Polzeath Beach

Award winning Polzeath Beach on the North Cornwall coast is a large sandy beach ever popular with…

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Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne is an unspoilt cove just east of Port Issac, well known for its marine life,…

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Port Isaac

Charming Port Isaac is an historic fishing village in North Cornwall. Surrounded by a beautiful valley, and…

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Port Quin

Charming Port Quin is a small narrow cove just east of Port Isaac on the North Cornwall…

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Porth Beach

Visit Porth Beach Just a 5 minute drive from the centre of Newquay, Porth Beach is a number one choice…

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Porth Joke

Porth Joke a charming unspoilt sandy cove, referred to locally as ‘Polly Joke’, is a narrow sandy…

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Porthcothan Bay

Porthcothan Bay on the North Cornwall coast between Padstow and Newquay is the perfect sandy beach for…

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Portholland Beach

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Rock Beach

Rock Beach is a large popular sandy beach on the North Cornwall coast, often referred to as…

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Sandymouth Beach

Sandy Mouth Beach is a long pebbley beach, backed by high cliffs with rocky outcrops and a…

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St Ives Harbour Beach

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Stanbury Mouth Beach

Stanbury Mouth just north of Duckpool is a shingle beach with sand at low tide, it…

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Summerleaze Beach

Summerleaze Beach on the Cornwall coast, is a popular sandy beach in Bude, within walking distance of…

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The Strangles

Visit The Strangles Great for coastal walks The Strangles is an isolated sand and shingle beach reached via public footpath…

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Tolcarne Beach

Wide open Tolcarne Beach with soft golden sand is always a popular seaside destination for families during…

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Towan Beach

Newquay beaches and great surf attract thousands of holiday makers every year. Towan Beach is is a…

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Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand, just south of Tintagel, is a large sandy beach deep in the valley backed by…

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Tregardock Beach

Tregardock Beach just north of Port Gavern, is a secluded reached only by a footpath that winds…

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Trevellas Porth Beach

Great for getting away from the crowds Trevellas Porth Beach is a small quiet cove with…

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Trevone Bay

Trevone Bay is a sandy beach set in a picturesque cove. This popular north Cornwall beach is…

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Trevaunance Cove

Trevaunance Cove is a small sandy beach popular with families and surfers with plenty places to stay…

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Treyarnon Beach

Treyarnon Bay near Padstow on the North Cornwall coast is a huge stunning unspoilt sandy beach with…

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Watergate Bay

North Cornwall’s Watergate Bay near the village of Tregurrian, is a two mile stretch of golden sand…

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Whipsiderry Beach

Whipsiderry Beach just along from Porth Beach, is one of Newquay’s hidden gems and is usually quiet,…

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Widemouth Bay

One of Cornwall’s top surfing beaches, Widemouth Bay (or Widemouth Beach) just south of Bude, is a…

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