Padstow Lifeboat Station Constantine Bay Porthcothan Bedruthan Steps Bedruthan Steps Whipsiddery and Watergate Bay Trevelgue Head, Newquay Newquay

30-60 minutes south

Padstow

Padstow is a pretty fishing village now known for Rick Stein's empire ('Padstein'). You will certainly need to book ahead for 'The Seafood Restaurant'. A regular passenger ferry (location dependent on tide) connects Padstow with Rock, holiday village of the rich, famous and assorted royals. A lovely way to visit Padstow is to park inland at Wadebridge, hire a bicycle from one of the many shops, and cycle a 5 mile section of the Camel Trail. The trail follows the Camel estuary along a disused railway line and is flat throughout.

Padstow Area Beaches

The area south and west of Padstow is dotted with good sandy beaches: Hawker's Cove, Mother Ivey's Bay, Harlyn Bay, Trevone Bay, Treyarnon Bay, Constantine Bay and Porthcothan Bay. The scenery is gentler here than around Tintagel, with short beach approaches and good easy coast path walking around the many headlands between the beaches. For surfing Constantine Bay is the best. For some fascinating costal erosion walk north from Trevone to Stepper Point; the chasm near Gunver Head is impressive and you won't want to get too close to the astonishing Butter Hole.

Bedruthan Steps

A contender for the most beautiful beach in Cornwall, it is well worth the steep climb down the steps to explore the caves, rock stacks and turquoise seas. Simply stunning and easily worth the drive from Tintagel. Try to visit it when the tide is out, but it is also spectacular from the cliffs when the tide is in and a big swell is running and crashing against the stacks.

Mawgan Porth, Watergate & Whipsiderry

These are the main beaches on the stretch of coast north of Newquay. The vast Watergate Bay is one of the UK's top surfing beaches and also famous for Jamie Oliver's Fifteen. You will definitely need to book ahead! Whipsiddery is a unique beach hemmed in on three sides by vertical cliffs and with an attractive sea stack. Even if you do not feel up to the steep staircase down it is still well worth stopping by the side of the road and peering over the edge.

Newquay

Newquay is the largest resort on the Atlantic coast and you will either love it or hate it. Attractively located with 4 lovely beaches including Fistral, world famous for its surfing, but backed by a sprawling and very touristy town. If you need to purchase wetsuits or surfing gear then this is the place to come. Crantock, slightly to the south, also has a good beach and a lovely creek. If you do decide to go then we can highly recommend a drink or meal at The Lewinnick Lodge which lies on an isolated clifftop south of Newquay at Pentire Head with superb views from its sun terrace.

Guinevere, Tintagel

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