It's Summer and we have the Pick of the beaches from Coombemill!
Thanks to my friend and writer Julie Berman, I have a great run down on the local beaches for your holidays here. Julie's children have grown up here in Cornwall and she shares her favourites which I totally endorse!
Over to Julie
It's an understatement to say that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to Cornish beaches. Over the years friends have waxed lyrical about some lovely, remote cove that we really must check out ("you just need to park in the local farmer's field and clamber down some rocks...") but the reality is that, with young children, we tended to stick to the bigger, more accessible beaches along the North Coast. I'm afraid to say that in the early days I wasn't at all adventurous on family beach outings. My priorities were going somewhere with a car park not too far away from the beach - arriving exhausted from carrying the picnic, buckets, spades, spare clothes (I don't travel light - I'm more of a you-name-it-I've-packed it-just-in-case-I-need-it sort of parent!) doesn't put you in the best mood; the all important lifeguard presence; a decent caff for hot drinks on not so warm days and.... functioning loos not a million miles away!!
These then are our favourites all within a short drive of Coombe Mill:
Trebarwith Strand Beach
We absolutely love this beach. It's true it can be a slightly longer trek from the car park (although with willing grandparents in tow as extra pairs of hands it's really not too bad!) and it's tidal, so not accessible at all hours of the day. But as the girls got older, even at high tide, we would grab a bag of doughnuts and some hot chocolate and sit on the huge rocks overlooking the beach to watch the sea. At low tide this beach is massive and just stunning, surrounded by high cliffs, with small rock pools for safe swimming for little ones. And to top it all a pub with decent food (the Port William) which looks out over the whole beach.
A beach we've graduated towards as the children grew up and got into surfing. Surf's Up Surf School, run by the amazing Pete and Janey Craske, is on hand to give youngsters their first taste of surfing. There are a couple of good coffee shops and - if you can sneak away - some interesting surf shops where you can check out their sale rails!
A sailing/water skiing beach opposite Padstow. I spent a memorable day here with a friend and her three young children long before I married and moved here myself. I remember watching them for hours - playing hide and seek amongst the sand dunes, paddling in the sea, sailing their little inflatable dinghy on the gentle waves... and it became a favourite with my children many, MANY years later!
A wind/kite surfing beach just around the coast from Rock. A very short walk down some steps from the car park, gentle waves for paddling, and if you walk along the public footpath, hidden in the dunes, you will find the stunning church of St Enodoc.
Another beach that we visited regularly before we moved here. A small, sheltered beach but with nice waves for bodyboarding. Walk around to the next bay and there is a lovely rocky beach for shell collecting, finding skimming stones and an enclosed pool for swimming.
In my opinion, Bude beach is worth the slightly longer drive away from Coombe. This huge beach has everything you need - great surfing waves, a fabulous cafe, a play area right next to the main car park (which might mean it actually takes you longer to get back to your car and leave at the end of the day than you planned!), and a fantastic salt water sea pool for safe swimming.
Now that the children are that bit older, I can see that it won't be long before we are exploring those unspoilt, private coves for ourselves, but in the meantime, these are our favourites - I hope you will be able to come and try them out too.
My thanks to Julie for sharing, if you would like her to write on any aspect of family life for you please email her email@example.com
More information on West Country Beaches
My chosen business to promote this week is The Beach App which also gives a full guide to all the beaches in the area including the ones Julie highlights above. Take a look and you will be more than equiped to enjoy a happy family holiday.