Some of the North Cornwall Beaches for a family day out in Cornwall are shown below. This is only our opinion but a handy guide to enjoying days off the farm exploring the Cornish Beaches and Coastline.

North Cornwall Beaches

Beach Name

Distance

Description

Extras

Our Opinion

Tregardock

Approximately 20 minutes & 8 miles.

A beautiful hidden beach managed by the national trust between Tintagel and Port Isaac. It’s well worth a visit but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart with very little car parking space along a narrow lane followed by a 15 minute cross country walk and a steep cliff side decent onto the beach itself.

Beautiful once there with waterfalls, high rocks, caves and soft sand, though it is inaccessible at high tide.

Wouldn’t recommend to anyone under the age of 5, or to anyone with mobility issues. 

Dog Friendly between 1st October and Easter. 

No toilets.

No lifeguard cover.

Limited parking spaces on the roadside by a  farm at Treligga

 

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Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand

Approximately 20 minutes & 10 miles.

A wonderful stretch of sand and with caves set into the cliffs and plenty of rock pools perfect for hunting for sea creatures. Do remember during high tide the beach in inaccessible. 

There is a couple of small souvenir/beach shops and a couple of cafe/coffee shops beside the beach to explore at high tide.

A good beach for school aged children and up.

Dog friendly all year round.

Toilets are accessible on the beach.

Seasonal Lifeguards.

Pay and Display Car Park.

5 minute walk from car park to beach with an incline on walk back.

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Polzeath

& New Polzeath

Polzeath Beach

Approximately 25 minutes & 12 miles.

A popular beach for families, surfers and body boarders and swimmers. At low tide there’s access to approximately 1/2 a mile of perfect sandcastle sand. At high tide New Polzeath is not accessible but there is still beach to enjoy at Polzeath. Take a net to explore the rock pools at low tide or escape the crowds with a sandy walk round to the quieter Baby Bay which is  only accessible by beach or coast path.

There are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants at Polzeath selling everything from ice cream to wetsuits. 

A perfect beach for babies to teens.

Dog Friendly between 1st October and Easter. 

Public toilets in the car parks.

Seasonal Lifeguards

Pay and Display Car Parks and some off street free parking places at New Polzeath.

The main Polzeath car park is on the beach – perfect for buggies. 

Blue Flag Awarded between 15/05/17 & 30/09/17

 

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Daymer Bay

Approximately 25 minutes & 12 miles. Popular with families with little ones, Daymer Bay is often sheltered with very gentle waves being up the camel estuary between Polzeath and Rock. 

Pay and display parking usually sufficient even in high season but steps down tot he beach.

Dogs allowed all year.

Beach side cafe

Public toilets

No lifeguards, but very small waves.

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Rock

rock beach

Approximately 30 minutes & 14 miles. Set within the Camel estuary and the heart of the boating world. Rock is perfect for sailing and water sports and attracts many visitors. A lovely walk from or to Daymer Bay by beach or coast path in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Try reaching by ferry from Padstow for a fun way to see the beach.

 

Dogs allowed Oct – Easter only

Beach side cafe

Public toilets

No lifeguards, but very small waves.

Pay and display parking but not enough spaces in high season.

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Crackington Haven

Approximately 30 minutes and 18 miles.

Crackington Haven is a small and unspoiled almost secret cove on the North Coast between Boscastle and Bude. A lovely sandy beach with the chance to go rock pooling at low tide. 

There are two lovely cafes as well as a pub with spectacular beach views, as well as a little shop selling beach paraphernalia. 

A perfect beach for babies to teens.

Dog Friendly between 1st October and Easter. 

Public toilets in the car park.

Seasonal Lifeguards

Decent sized pay and display car park.

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Widemouth Bay and Black Rock Beach

Approximately 30 minutes drive & 20 miles.

A fantastic pair of beaches that cover almost 2 miles of shoreline with plenty of space to explore. The northern side of the beach is a wide stretch of sand with plenty of space for sand castle building. To the south of the beach you will find long fingers of rocks that create the perfect place to relax and rock pool.

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops dotted around the bay, as well as a small beach side shop with buckets and spades

A perfect beach for babies to teens.

Black Rock Beach (the south end of the shore) is dog friendly all year around whilst Widemouth Bay (the north end) has a seasonal ban on dogs between Easter and the 1st of October. 

Public toilets in the car park.

Seasonal lifeguards.

Multiple car parks and view points along the stretch of beach, some easily accessible to the beach others a short walk. The closest car park is Pay and Display whilst others are free.

Blue Flag Awarded between 15/05/17 & 30/09/17

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Harlyn

Approximately 35 mins & 18 miles.

A large sandy beach just past Padstow. Family friendly and good for surfing but watch out for the tide which comes in fairly fast across the sandy beach .

Family Friendly

dogs allowed all year

Beach side cafe

Public toilets

Seasonal lifeguards

Pay and display car park

 

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Summerleaze

Approximately 35 minutes & 23 miles.

Accessible even at high tide, Summerleaze is a fantastic beach with more than just the sand and sea to draw you in. With flat access making it perfect for people with mobility issues, Summerleaze also has the breakwater, access to the Sea Lock, one of only 2 working Sea Lock’s in Britain, colourful beach huts, and the Sea Pool a salt water pool that has been created from a partially formed pool.

You’re a short walk from the center of Bude where there are lots of coffee shops, cafe’s, pubs and restaurants. There is also a beach view restaurant halfway up the cliffs overlooking the beach.

A perfect beach for babies to teens.

Dog Friendly between 1st October and Easter. 

Public toilets in the car park.

Seasonal Lifeguards.

Large Pay and Display car park directly next to the beach as well as plenty of other car park’s a short, flat, walk away. 

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Trevone

Trevone Beach

Approximately 40 minutes & 19 miles. Similar to Harlyn and just round the bay but much smaller with a family feel to it. Lovely soft sand and blue flag status. 

Family Friendly

dogs allowed Oct – Easter only

Beach side cafe

Public toilets

Seasonal lifeguards

Pay and display car park

Blue Flag Awarded between 15/05/17 & 30/09/17

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Crooklets

Approximately 40 minutes & 24 miles.

A pebbled top of the beach leads down to an wide expanse of golden sand and plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. A great surfing spot, there’s also beautiful beach huts lining the shoreline that you can hire for the day!

There are two seafront café’s at Crooklets both of which serve delicious treats. You’re also a short walk from the center of Bude where there are lots of coffee shops, cafe’s, pubs and restaurants.

A perfect beach for babies to teens.

Dog Friendly between 1st October and Easter. 

Public toilets in the car park.

Lifeguards active daily from the 6th of May to the 27th September.

Decent sized pay and display car park, with additional parking further along the road. 

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Watergate Bay

Approximately 45 minutes & 25 miles. the famous Jamie Oliver restaurant “Fifteen” looks out over Watergate Bay. It is a huge sandy beach great for surfing. The Beach shack below Fifteen is ruputed to be great for a treat family breakfast.

Dogs allowed Oct – Easter only

Beach side cafes and reataurants

Public toilets

Seasonal Lifeguards.

Pay and display car park

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Fistral

Fistral

Approximately 50 mins & 28 miles.  Wide expanse of beach famous for it’s surfing waves. Family friendly though parking is tricky in high season. Close to Newquay town if you wanted a beach and shopping day out. 

Family Friendly

Beach side cafe

Public toilets

Seasonal lifeguards

Pay and display along the roadside.

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