Tregardock Port Isaac Harbour Port Isaac Doyden Castle Lundy Bay Pentire Head Daymer Bay St Enodoc Church

10-30 minutes south


One of the great hidden gems of Cornwall, this beautiful beach rewards the few who make the effort to reach it. Tough and remote coastal walking leads to it from Trebarwith Strand in 2 hours, or it can be accessed from Treligga in 30 minutes though parking here is limited, and the walk back will take you rather longer. There is no beach at all at high water so choose your time carefully and be very careful not to be cut off by the tide on the southern section of the beach.

Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne lies slightly to the north of the larger Port Isaac, has a low tide beach, and has a great pub, the Port Gaverne Hotel. The coast path north of here is remote, wild, difficult and peaceful, even in high summer, but be warned, to reach Trebarwith Strand will take you 6 or 7 hours and there are no facilities of any kind on the way.

Port Isaac

The beautiful fishing village of Port Isaac has recently become famous due to the Doc Martin TV series. White houses and narrow streets lead down to the tiny harbour where there a couple of good pubs. If you fancy testing yourself, the short stretch of coast path south to Port Quin is one of the most challenging sections of all; fortunately a far easier inland path will bring you back. Don't make the mistake of leaving your car in the harbour car park on a rising tide or you won't be the first motorist to find water lapping the top of it on your return!

Port Quin

Tiny Port Quin has a sad history, abandoned once when the pilchards failed, and a second time in the nineteenth century when all the menfolk of the village were killed whilst fishing in a storm. After falling into disrepair the buildings were restored by the National Trust. On the promontory to the south lies Doyden Castle, a Victorian folly, built by a local businessman for gambling purposes. Port Quin was one of the main locations for the seventies TV series 'Poldark'.


Polzeath has the nearest of the area's world famous surfing beaches, a magnificent stretch of sand. Easy walking leads around the headland to the south to beautiful Daymer Bay on the Camel Estuary, ideal for swimming (but not when the tide is going out unless you feel strong enough to get to Canada!), windsurfing, kite surfing, canoeing and sailing. To the north there is stunning coast path walking, also accessible from various small car parks, especially around Pentire Head, The Rumps, and to the little visited and very beautiful Lundy Bay.

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