jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 7th August 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 136 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Wednesday 5th August 2020
Today’s Blog post is a very long one because we list 40 Best Cornish Beaches. Apparently: “Our expert committee of beach lovers argued long and hard about which locations should feature.” But I haven’t a clue who that was.
But first a very exciting thing today. We met up with all four grandchildren at Newfield Ice Cream Parlour and Café at Newfield Dairy, Caunton Road Hockerton, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PN
A fantastic time seeing the children play in the adventure playground.
I had bought each family a joke book and we had a great laugh listening to the jokes. We each enjoyed an ice cream. Mine was Black Cherry. So, deliciously refreshing. Although the weather was warm the wind almost blew us away. A brilliant Summer Holiday treat for all involved. Another almost normal event.
And now our very long list of the 40 best beaches in Cornwall:
Our expert guide to the best beaches in Cornwall – from surfing and swimming to sand castles and beach café.
Our expert committee of beach lovers argued long and hard about which locations should feature in our list of best beaches, all based on the sand, surf, swimming, amenities, accessibility, family-friendliness and so much more.
We have ensured that beaches from across Cornwall’s coastline are featured including the big hitters on the north coast, to hidden gems on the south coast and the coves of West Cornwall.
Among the list are the county’s Blue Flag beaches – an international quality mark for clean, safe and recommended beaches – as funded by North Cornwall’s Sharp’s Brewery.
So lather on the sun cream and get planning your next trip to the beach. Here are the 50 best beaches in Cornwall in reverse order.
- Carlyon Bay (Crinnis)
Once one of Cornwall’s truly mighty beaches – largely thanks to the iconic Cornwall Coliseum music venue – it’s fallen on harder times as the much-mooted development still hasn’t happened.
- Loe Bar
Loe Bar was originally the mouth of the River Cober which led to a harbour in Helston. However, by the 13th century the bar had cut Helston off from the sea and formed the pool – the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall.
The picturesque shingle beach is well worth a visit but swimming is very dangerous here due to vicious currents. Our advice: don’t even think about swimming.
- Pedn Vounder (Treen)
This lovely sandy beach is not far from one of Cornwall’s most dramatic rocky outposts, Logan Rock, on the West Cornwall coastal path.
Known for its crystal clear water, it is also an unofficial naturist beach. Dogs are allowed all year round, too. There is a car park about a 10-minute walk away in the village of Treen.
- Mawgan Porth
Midway between Padstow and Newquay on the great stretch of northern coast, Mawgan Porth has a lovely west-facing beach, with great scenery and walks, superb surfing and a whole host of places to eat and drink. It’s overlooked by award-winning hotel, The Scarlet.
- Trevone Bay
The award-winning Trevone Bay, near Padstow is popular with surfers and also has the attraction of little alcoves to hide yourself away in. Another selling point is the large blowhole, which appears on top of the cliff. There’s a seasonal ban on dogs and an extremely powerful rip on the right side of the beach.
Known by locals as Perran Sands as is Perranporth, so don’t get confused. This sandy beach has a superb view of St Michael’s Mount and ideal for surfing. The excellent Victoria Inn nearby serves fantastic food.
Nestled deep in the heart of Newquay bay, Tolcarne is a family-owned beach, it is surrounded by boutique-style accommodation. A great, enclosed cover of golden sand which is one of Newquay’s nicer beaches.
- Great Western Beach
Another Newquay beach popular with surfers and families, with caves and rock pools to explore. The beach is home to Newquay Surf School and another draw is excellent new bar The Slope, which honours the original surfers who used to meet at the spot in the 1960s.
There may not be a beach in the whole of the UK with such stunning views – across to St Michael’s Mount and towards both the Lizard and Land’s End. The beach is ideal for swimming, sailing, kite surfing and, of course, sunbathing.
A little gem in Falmouth, Swanpool is a perfect cove for swimming and offers dinghy sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Behind the beach is a lake with over 100 species of birds. There is also a crazy golf course located right next to the public car park.
- Trebarwith Strand
Just two miles from Tintagel and its famous castle, Trebarwith Strand is completely covered at high tide and is accessed through a picturesque valley. Great for surfing but can be dangerous so recommended for the experienced.
- Gwithian Towans
Rock pools, good surf, great for marine wildlife spotting, a huge stretch of sand – what’s not to like about Gwithian? Backed by sand dunes and wild grass, this is the epitome of a great Cornish beach.
One of the best family beaches in the whole of Cornwall, the hidden gem between St Austell and Fowey offers fantastic watersports, great walks, rock polling and paddleboarding as well as three great places to eat – Sam’s On The Beach, the Hungry Sailor Cafe and the Rashleigh Inn.
- Chapel Porth
This National Trust beach is famous for a number of things – its wonderful hedgehog ice creams, for one. It’s also on the heart of St Agnes mining country on the north coast and any visit isn’t complete without a walk around the engine houses of Wheal Coates and Wheal Charlotte. One of those idyllic, dramatic beaches that will make you feel like you’re in an episode of Poldark.
The Newquay beach could easily win the prize for Cornwall’s most popular beach, meaning it gets massively packed in the summer months. Brilliantly served by a host of bars and restaurants, we recommend the superb Fistral Fish House.
Fistral is popular with surfers as well as swimmers.
- Constantine Bay
One of the best surfing beaches in North Cornwall, three miles west of Padstow, it’s also popular for swimming and rock pooling. It’s separated by its neighbour, Booby’s Bay, by a thin rocky point. Toilets are situated in the nearby car park.
Situated away from the hustle and bustle of Falmouth, this is a great family beach, perfect for sunbathing, rockpooling and safe swimming. Amenities include a cheap car park, watersports centre and a great café for ice creams. Across the road is ever-popular restaurant, The Cove.
Arguably, Cornwall’s best-known beach. The huge stretch of beach is perfect for just about everything – from swimming to surfing and even horseriding.
The bonus is that it contains the only bar in the UK based in the middle of a beach – the Watering Hole is brilliant for booze and bands, and has now started festivals such as Tunes In the Dunes and Bands In The Sands.
A popular beach on the Roseland peninsula, sitting beneath the Nare Hotel, it is owned by the National Trust. A great beach for families, regularly served by ice cream vans, it offers great swimming, sunbathing (it always seems to be scorching on Carne) and rockpooling. The drive through Veryan is through typically narrow Cornish lanes, so go careful.
The scene for a 1966 episode of Doctor Who, Nanjizal has remained more or less untouched as it’s difficult to reach from the coastal path, but if you do get down to it you can enjoy a quiet beach, near Sennen, which has unusually clear water and dramatic rock formations, including the Zawn Pyg arch known as the Song of the Sea.
- Trevaunance Cove
The main beach at St Agnes has an old harbour and a labyrinth of caves to explore. You can also walk to the neighbouring beach of Trevellas Porth. The beach has great amenities nearby including the famous Driftwood Spars pub and the revamped Schooners cafe.
A wonderful stretch of golden sand, with wondrous views across to Godrevy lighthouse (inspiring Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse), the idyllic Blue Flag beach is the end of the line for one of the most beautiful railway branch lines in the whole country.
This river beach is a little beauty. Situated at the bottom of the unspoiled former fishing village on the Helford river, the sunny, sheltered beach is a mixture of pebbles, rockpools and sand and is a peaceful haven. Can be reached via the gorgeous Glendurgan gardens.
One of the best golden beaches in the Newquay area, it’s popular for swimming, dolphin-spotting, surfing and wind surfing, with board hire on the beach.
Cafes, toilets, parking and camping are all situated nearby. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Popular with the surf crowd, Blue Flag beach Porthtowan is surrounded by dunes and golden sand. At low tide you can walk to the neighbouring Chapel Porth and bag yourself one of those hedgehogs. There’s a children’s park at the top end of the beach, ensuring it’s a firm family favourite.
Another reason to go? The legendary Blue Bar right next to the beach.
- Kennack Sands
An absolute gem on the Lizard peninsula, surrounded by rolling hills, Kennack Sands has a big tidal range so is popular with surfers, but it’s also great for families with a cafe and visible shipwreck remains on especially low tides. It has been known as a hangout for basking sharks too, so definitely a beach for wildlife fans.
- Booby’s Bay
As well as being the favourite beach of Carry On fans, Booby’s is a wide sandy beach with a surfeit of rock pools and surfers. You can get to it via the coast path from neighbouring Treyarnon and Constantine bays, and can park at both of those locations too. At just 11 miles from Newquay, this is a quieter, less discovered beach on the north coast.
Another of Cornwall’s renowned surf spots and a Blue Flag beach. Great for dolphin and puffin-spotting as well as sunbathing and surfing, it’s easy to see why this north coast beach made it into verse by the late poet laureate Sir John Betjeman.
The coastal path passes through Polzeath on the way to Rock in one direction and Pentire Point in the other.
- Polly Joke
A beautiful little cove known to the beaching cognoscenti at West Pentire, Newquay. With caves and rockpools, it can be a lot quieter than other beaches … until people read this.
Its proper name is Porth Joke but she likes to be called Polly to her friends, which include Crantock to the north and Holywell to the south. The car park is a fair walk away hence it’s less busy than its neighbours.
- Bedruthan Steps
One of those beaches with the wow factor. The granite rocks that are dotted across the beach are, according to legend, stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan.
Access to the beach is down a steep narrow set of steps cut into the cliff, so if you suffer from vertigo and are in charge of young children be warned! The beach itself has beautiful golden sand and is only accessible at low tide.
Situated right beneath the iconic Tate St Ives, Porthmeor is a safe, sandy Blue Flag beach popular with families and swimmers. It gets very busy during peak season. The bonus of sunning yourself here is that you can dine at the popular Porthmeor Beach Cafe.
- Holywell Bay
This classic north Cornish beach with its sweeping sands and towering dunes has long been loved by locals and tourists alike. The National Trust beach has everything you want from a seaside jaunt – perfect for surfing, swimming, making sand castles and, of course, sunbathing. It is also historic with the remains of an Iron Age castle on Kelsey Head and the holy well itself in a cave on the beach.
The sandy beach is connected to Gwithian beach at low tide to create an impressive stretch of sand.
Great for surfing thanks to the Atlantic swell, it’s known to attract some great street food vendors. Or in this case, beach food. As popular with walkers and nature watchers as it is families and surfers. The notorious Hell’s Mouth is nearby.
- Kynance Cove
The stunning Kynance Cove, with its towering stacks, serpentine rock and dramatic walk from the National Trust car park could easily win the trophy for best Cornish beach.
Now made famous for its regular appearances in Poldark, a visit is made all the more special if you pop into the lovely cafe, perched on the cliff. Be warned, it’s quite a walk from the car park to the beach, but worth it.
- Watergate Bay
There is no other Cornish beach better served with facilities, from the wonderful Watergate Bay Hotel to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, the Beach Hut and the Extreme Academy for all your maritime adventure needs. If you don’t surf at Watergate Bay, you’ll never surf in your entire life.
- Church Cove
One of the most idyllic beaches on the south coast, Gunwalloe’s Church Cove at the entrance to the Lizard peninsula is best known for its tiny beach-on-the-sand, St Wynwallow.
It’s now become famous for Aidan Turner and his fellow Poldark actors descended on the beach for smuggling scenes.
Winner of many awards and situated beneath the Minack Theatre, next to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and a 30-minute walk from Logan Rock, this beach is about as good as it gets. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters.
- Par Beach
Azure waters, beaches of the purist white sand and complete peace and quiet, there is nothing quite like the beaches on the Isles of Scilly. One of the very best is the sweeping Par Beach on St Martin’s. If you’re lucky, you may find yourselves the only people on it.
You’ll think you’re on the Caribbean … until you get into the freezing sea.
- Carbis Bay
Owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel, this is a great beach for bathing, surrounded by subtropical splendour. Make a day of it by arriving on the picturesque St Ives branch line.
- Lusty Glaze
The privately owned cove near Newquay is yet another of Cornwall’s most dramatic beaches, once named the best beach in the whole country by The Times.
The walk down all the steps is worth it for the idyllic cove and its restaurant.
WHISTLEFISH HUMOUR FROM CORNWALL
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“An easy way to get people to like you is to make them laugh.”
— Isla Fisher.
Happiness is…Black Cherry Ice Cream
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“One in four frogs is a leap frog.” Chris Turner
Love is…the way to grow
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time for Crantock Beach…A time for Porth Joke Beach
- A time for Trevone Bay Beach…A time for Constantine Bay Beach
- A time for Mint Choc Chip ice cream…A time for Black Cherry ice cream
- A time for Knickerbocker Glory…A time for Cow Pat Sundae or a Jelly Belly Sundae
- A time for Happy Sundaes Ice Cream Parlour…A time for Newfield Ice Cream Parlour
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 123 16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 18,315 Feet
SUMMER PLAYLIST DAY 2
- Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 2:42
- The Tide Is High Blondie 3:50
- Have a Nice Day (J.E.E.P. Version) Stereophonics 3:25
- Sun Is Shining Bob Marley Vs. Funkstar De Luxe 2:48
- Walking on Sunshine Katrina & The Waves 3:56
- Summertime (Single Edit) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 3:54
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