Great Outdoors

It’s why so many people are drawn to north Cornwall every year – miles and miles of rugged coastline and stunning beaches, beautiful walks with views that will literally take your breath away, and picture-perfect traditional Cornish villages and towns, steeped in history. We think you’ll agree, there’s nowhere quite like it…


Dramatic and spellbinding, Bedruthan Steps is one of the most popular destinations in Cornwall and it’s easy to see why. This must-see stretch of coastline is littered with picture-postcard coves, spectacular views and colossal wind-swept cliffs. Beware that access to the sandy beach is steep and narrow, and the stairs are closed during winter. Toilets and parking are accessible year-round, while the popular tearoom has reduced opening times in winter.

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Understated yet awe-inspiring, this romantic hidden cove is completely covered at high tide, until it goes out to reveal a beautiful beach with a long stretch of golden sand. The dramatic cliffs around Bossiney make for some spectacular views from the top, but it’s down below where you’ll find the 60ft-high cave to explore. A real gem that is often overlooked by tourists, Bossiney cove is well worth a visit.

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Situated in the mouth of the Camel Estuary, this wonderfully sheltered stretch of sand is ideal for swimming. The beach is backed by impressive dunes, and Braey Hill at the south end offers excellent views across to Padstow. As well as being home of St Enodoc Church where John Betjeman is buried, Daymer Bay is surrounded by an array of Cornish landmarks and destinations including Rock, Polzeath and Hawkers Cove.

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Cornwall’s creative hub, Falmouth is famous for its art galleries, unique venues and maritime heritage, offering a fantastic calendar of events year-round. With an enviable location by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Falmouth boasts four world-class beaches including Swanpool and Maenporth. Don’t let the longer journey time put you off – the culinary delights on offer are worth the drive, from traditional Cornish pubs to Rick Stein’s famous fish and chips.

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Overlooked by Pendennis Castle, Gyllyngvase Beach is a firm favourite amongst families. The Blue Flag status beach, award-winning café, buggy-friendly access and fantastic amenities tick every box, and a day trip from The Park can be combined with a visit to Falmouth just a short walk away. There is lifeguard cover during summer months and the adventurous can get involved in a range of activities including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and even diving!

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Known as one of the best family holiday destinations and the original surfing hotspot, Newquay is brimming with fantastic restaurants, lively bars, and more attractions than you can find time to visit including Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium. But aside from all this, it’s the beaches that really draw the crowds, from family-friendly Tolcarne Beach to the activity-abundant Crantock and of course famous Fistral, the ultimate surfer’s paradise.

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Padstow is the perfect example of a traditional Cornish port– the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail, this quaint and charming fishing port has established itself as a foodie destination, offering world-class freshly caught seafood in a prime location. When the weather is good the family will enjoy spending all day on any one of its 7 sandy beaches, while taking the ferry across to Rock is a must.

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It may be small, but Perranporth certainly packs a punch – offering an array of activities and a truly spectacular beach, in summer months it’s brimming with visitors making the most of the waterfront restaurants, 3-mile stretch of sand, and stunning coastal walks. The sheltered beach is ideal for water sports and learning to surf, plus it’s dog friendly all year round, making Perranporth a destination the whole family can enjoy.

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Another surfing hotspot, Polzeath is a popular beach throughout the year, although large surf and rip currents can prove dangerous at times. Despite this, the beach attracts swimmers and surfers of all abilities, and children will love exploring the rock pools and looking for marine life uncovered by the tide. Situated on the coastal path between Daymer Bay and Pentire Point, it’s possible to spot dolphins and puffins from the nearby cliffs.

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If Port Isaac looks familiar, it’s probably because it’s the home of television’s Doc Martin – and it’s not hard to see why it was chosen as a location. This pretty fishing village is set amongst rugged coastline, and its narrow cobbled streets are adorned with traditional whitewashed cottages. Aside from the nearby walking and cycling trails, there’s nothing better than whiling away the hours watching local fishermen land their catch.

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It may be further afield, but Praa Sands is certainly worth the wait. A stunning stretch of white sand, this beach is ideal for families with sheltered sand dunes, easy access and a beachside café serving a range of drinks and snacks. Out of season it’s dog friendly too and if you’re feeling energetic, the coastal paths at either end reveal spectacular views across to Penzance and the Lizard Peninsula.

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The inspiration behind Winston Graham’s “Poldark”, St Agnes has plenty to offer visitors all year-round. The perfect starting point for walking excursions exploring the Cornish coastline, the village is also home to a free museum, craft shops, cafes, galleries, and a shingle beach at Trevaunance Cove. And it’s not just your regular tourists that are attracted to St Agnes – if you’re lucky you can also spot turtles, seals and dolphins!

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Home to the famous brewery, St Austell is a traditional market town dating back to the 13th century. There is plenty to explore in the area, including woodland trails and sandy beaches, and it’s also just 2 miles away from the world-renowned Eden Project. When visiting St Austell, be sure to take a walk to its picturesque harbour of Charlestown, which can be recognised as a location from television’s “Poldark”.

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There really is nowhere else quite like this incredibly picturesque fishing harbour. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, St Ives has managed to retain a certain charm that will win you over instantly, thanks to its cobbled streets, fisherman’s cottages and array of galleries and exhibitions. Not forgetting of course, it’s also home to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches, including Carbis Bay and Porthminster Beach.

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A beautiful 2-mile stretch of fine golden sand, Watergate Bay can be enjoyed whatever the weather, from the heat of summer to the windswept depths of winter. Offering opportunities for kitesurfing, windsurfing, bodyboarding and surfing, there are plenty of rock pools and caves to explore, and it’s the perfect beach for building sandcastles! There are lifeguard facilities from April-September while the Beach Hut serves up tasty meals and refreshments year-round.

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