With summer in full swing, we’ve been blessed with the weather for six weeks now with very little rain, above average temperatures and plenty of sunshine! When the sun is shining, we recommend nothing other than hitting the coast and enjoying a day on the beach!
We are spoiled for choice in Cornwall with some truly stunning coastlines and world-class beaches. There’s nothing quite like taking a picnic, setting up a base on the golden sand or taking a dip in the crystal clear waters which are get up to temperature very nicely by July!
Rock Beach, North Cornwall
We love Rock Beach because it’s generally uncrowded, level and safe, extending all the way round to Daymer Bay when the tides out. Sat on the edge of the Camel Estuary where the river meets the sea, on a gentle day, the water is still and calm with virtually no waves, making Rock the perfect location for those looking for safety.
The village of Rock gets very busy in the summer so we recommend getting there early to secure a decent parking space in the main car park. Alternatively, there’s usually plenty of free parking alongside the road if you are prepared for a ten minute walk to the beach.
One of our favourite things to do at Rock is so take a stroll in the sand dunes behind the beach area. The coastal path eventually leads uphill around to Daymer Bay. For those who are particularly energetic, Polzeath Beach is a 6-mile round trip!
At the end of the day when it’s time to pack up and go home, you could enjoy a delicious ice-cream at the Beach House, just a short walk from beach. Enjoy some apres-sun on the balcony at No.1 Rock Road or the Rock Inn where you can indulge in a pint of your favourite tipple or some fresh fish.
Location: 5 miles from Wadebridge, 3 miles from Polzeath and 11 miles from the A30 at Bodmin
Polkerris Beach, Nr Fowey, South Cornwall
Polkerris is a small, hidden treasure, a few miles from Fowey on Cornwall’s south coast. The tiny village of Polkerris is popular with locals and tourists alike, offering some amazing watersports activities. The beach itself is clean, flat with calm waters to make it the ideal place for bathing, swimming and rock pooling.
Due to it’s size, Polkerris Beach can get busy, particularly in the height of summer, therefore, getting a good spot nice and early is essential! There’s a car park which is slightly uphill from beach and around a seven minute walk.
When we go to Polkerris we love to enjoy a bit of paddle boarding on the calm waters or for those with a little more energy, there’s windsurfing, kayaking and boating! The beach is something of a suntrap with uninhibited sunshine throughout the day, well into the evening as the sun sets to the west.
For a small place, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy a drink, ice-cream, snack or meal with Sam’s @ Polkerris, famed for its pizzas, fresh fish and burgers. The beach cafe serves up breakfast, sandwiches and snacks throughout the day whilst The Rashleigh has tip top pub food on offer, where you can enjoy the view of the bay from the outside terrace.
Location: 3 miles from Fowey, 5 miles from St Austell and 10 miles from the A30 at Bodmin
Kynance Cove, The Lizard, West Cornwall
Imagine the crystal clear shallow waters of the Caribbean. Now imagine if such a place existing in Cornwall. The fact is, Kynance Cove has some of the clearest and warmest waters in Cornwall, tucked away on the Lizard in West Cornwall. In recent times, images of Kynance Cove in the summer have done the rounds on social media to make it a must visit place!
Set in the backdrop of a rugged coastline, Kynance Cove has an ample car park managed by The National Trust. Whilst busy in peak periods, it’s a magical place that you simply have to visit! Once you’ve embarked on a descent down the coast path, you can spend a hot summers day bathing in the amazing shallow waters.
Although tucked away in West Cornwall at the most southern point of the British Isles, the journey is well worth it. We love to explore the rock pools, swim in the still crystal waters and catch a tan on the golden sandy beach when we visit Kynance.
The Kynance Cafe is an amazing place to enjoy a cream tea, pasty or crab sandwich where you can take in the stunning views of the cove. There’s also a shop that sells must have items for the beach including wetsuits, snorkels and body boards for when the surfs up!
Location: 12 miles from Helston, 3 miles from Mullion and 4 miles from Lizard Point