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Local Beaches in Cornwall

It’s why so many people are drawn to north Cornwall every year. Stretching from Bude to Perranporth along miles and miles of rugged coastline with stunning beaches, beautiful walks with views that will literally take your breath away. 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. 10mins from The Park

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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. 50mins from The Park

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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. 40mins from The Park

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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! 1hr from The Park

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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. 75mins from The Park

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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. 10mins from The Park

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