The beautiful beaches of the North Cornwall coast


If you’re looking for a region with stunning stretches of sand then look no further than the beaches of the North Cornwall coast! The north coast is home to some of the most glorious beaches in the UK. There are beaches suited for all the family whether it be surfing, relaxing, soaking up the rays or exploring.

If you would like to stay local to the holiday park, Atlantic Bays is surrounded by seven different bays within a 4 miles radius:

Porthcothan Bay Beach

1) Porthcothan Beach A pleasant family beach with plenty of sand at low tide, also some sand dunes.  Access to the beach is level. Turn left out of the site, go around the sharp bend and take the immediate left. There is a pay and display meter so please take some change! Dogs are permitted on this beach.

Constantine Bay

2) Constantine Bay A wide sandy beach with many rock pools and plenty of sand. There is a sloping path to the beach. Parking is limited at Constantine Bay and it is better to park at Treyarnon Bay and walk the coast path to Constantine Bay (only takes 10 minutes). This long surfing beach is great if you love the waves.

Mother Ivey’s Bay

3) Mother Ivey’s Bay This is a picturesque and pleasant sandy beach. Unfortunately there are no facilities and no parking. Access is via the coast path, a 20 minute walk from Harlyn Bay but worth it.

Booby’s Bay

4) Booby’s Bay This wide sandy beach on the North Cornwall coast, with many rock pools, is popular with surfers and families. Park at Treyarnon Bay or Constantine Bay and walk the coast path to Boobys Bay. There is limited parking at Constantine Bay, so Treyarnon is a better option. Access to the beach is by climbing down over rocks from the coast path or walking along the beach at low tide

Harlyn

5) Harlyn Bay One of the best family beaches on the North Cornwall coast, Harlyn Bay is a wide and spacious beach popular with families and surfers. There are several access points to the beach. The coast path can be walked to Mother Ivey’s Bay and Trevose Head. Note that part of the coast path is on the beach, so this route may be impassable at high tide. There is a lovely pub opposite the beach which is very popular.

Trevone Bay

6) Trevone Bay Pleasant sandy bay popular with families. There is a small slope to the beach (and steps from one of the car parks). To the west of the main beach there is also a rocky beach with tidal pool. There is excellent scenery and good coastal walks to Trevose Head.

Treyarnon

7) Treyarnon Bay  Situated in an area of natural beauty, it’s a clean beach which at low tide reveals a large area of golden sand. There are numerous rock pools to explore and sheltered small coves ideal for sun bathing.

So whether it’s crabbing, surfing or just relaxing many beautiful beaches are accessible from Atlantic Bays Holiday Park.

Click here to view all the beaches located on the North Cornwall Coast

Bedruthan Steps

A large sandy beach with spectacular scenery. Very steep steps to the beach, not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Dogs allowed all year round.

Boobys Bay

A wide sandy beach with many rock pools and popular with surfers. Access is by climbing down over rocks. Dogs allowed all year round.

Bossiney Haven

A pleasant sandy cove which is completely covered by high tide.  Access to the beach is via steep steps which is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Dogs allowed all year round.

Bude

A large seaside resort with an excellent beach called Summerleaze which includes a free tidal swimming pool. Dogs allowed all year round.

Chapel Porth

A spacious grey sand beach, popular with families. All facilities are close by and access to the beach is via a short walk over rocks. Dogs allowed all year round.

Crackington Haven 

A large sandy beach with plenty of rock pools and a slip way to the beach. There are excellent views from 400ft cliffs. Dogs banned in summer.

Constantine Bay

A wide sandy beach with many rock pools. There is a sloping path to the beach. Dogs allowed all year round.

Crantock

A pleasant sandy with a huge expanse of sand at low tide. There are also extensive dunes. Dogs allowed all year round.

Daymer Bay

A pleasant sandy bay with rock pools to the north of the bay. There are steps to the beach and dogs are allowed all year round.

Duckpool

A pleasant sheltered pebble beach with a large amount of sand at low tide. Parking is very limited.

Fistral Beach

A huge sandy beach which is one of the best surfing beaches in the UK. Sloped access to the beach. Dogs allowed all year round.

Harlyn Bay

One of the best family beaches on the North Cornwall coast – a wide and spacious beach, popular with families and surfers. Dogs allowed all year round.

Holywell Bay

A huge sandy beach with extensive sand dunes, popular with families and surfers. There is level access to the beach.  Dogs allowed all year round.

Lundy Bay

A small rocky beach with sand at low tide. There are no facilities and the car park is small. There is a climb over rocks to get to the beach.

Mawgan Porth

A wide sandy beach with sand even at high tide. There is level access to the beach. Dogs allowed all year round.

Millook Haven

A large pebble beach which is usually quiet due to limited parking and no facilities.

Mother Ivey’s Bay

A picturesque and pleasant sandy beach. Unfortunately there are no facilities and no parking.

Newquay

Four beaches together forming a huge expanse of sand at low tide. Ideal for sun worshippers, families and surfers and there are excellent facilities.

Northcott Mouth

A large pebble beach with a large expanse of sand at low tide. Plenty of rock pools, but there are no toilets. Dogs allowed all year round.

Padstow

A picturesque harbour town in the western banks of the Camel Estuary. To the North of the town and accessible by the coast path is a super stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Hawkers Cove.

Polzeath

A super family beach with a large expanse of sand and excellent surfing. Level access to the beach. Dogs banned in the summer.

Port Gaverne

A sheltered narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide. Popular with familes.

Porth

A large sandy beach on the outskirts of Newquay with all the expected facilities.

Porthcothan

Pleasant family beach with plenty of sand at low tide. Also some sand dunes. Access to the beach is level and dogs are allowed all year round.

Porth Joke

Pleasant cove, popular in the summer. Parking is some distance from the beach.

Rock

A long sandy beach on the east side of the Camel Estuary, at low tide stretching to Daymer Bay. Dogs allowed all year round.

Sandy Mouth

A large pebble beach with plenty of sand at low tide. Dogs allowed all year round.

Stanbury Mouth

A large pebble beach with a large amount of sand at low tide, but there are no facilities and there is a steep climb down to the beach.

The Strangles

A large sand/shingle beach with plenty of sand at low tide. The beach is quiet even in the summer due to a difficult climb down to the beach. There are no facilities.

Trebarwith Strand

A long stretch of sandy beach is popular with families and surfers. Access to the beach is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Dogs allowed all year round.

Trevaunance Cove

A sandy cove popular with surfers. Plenty of facilities but parking is limited. Access to this beach on the North Cornwall coast is via the road, but please note this is fairly steep. Dogs allowed all year round.

Trevone Bay

Pleasant sandy bay on the North Cornwall coast, popular with families. Access via slopes and steps. Dogs are banned in the summer.

Treyarnon Bay

An excellent family beach with lots of sand and rock pools. There is a slip way to the beach. Dogs allowed all year round.

Watergate Bay

An excellent mile long beach with good surfing and also plenty of sand for families. Access to beach via slopes and steps. Dogs allowed all year round.

Widemouth Bay

A large sandy beach with good surfing and parking/facilities close to the beach. Level access to the beach. Dogs are banned In the summer.