Here at Harlyn Sands, we are very fortunate to be located near so many wonderful sights, but one of our key features has to be that we are next to 7 different bays, all with spectacular and varied views, where you can lose yourself in the never-ending scenic views.
Keep reading for a break down of each bay, so you can be fully prepared for fun family days out in Cornwall.
Trevone Bay Beach
Trevone Bay Beach is located to the south of Trevose Head and to the north of Harlyn Bay. It has been awarded the Blue Flag Award in 2019 which is astounding- as it’s one of only seven beaches that have received the award in all of Cornwall!
This sandy beach is surrounded by cliffs and situated in an area of great geological interest with an abundance of marine wildlife. The cliffs to the northeast of the beach provide fantastic walks and views to Hawkers Cove, the Camel Estuary and beyond.
Harlyn Bay is a wide and spacious beach of yellow sand and pebbles. With plenty of interesting rock pools backed by dunes, it’s located on the eastern side of Trevose Head. There’s a fascinating combination of rocky shoreline, sand, dune and tide pools to explore. The crescent-shaped bay is popular with new surfers who want to learn to master the waves with surf schools who run sessions from the beach.
It has a highly regarded reputation as one of the safest beaches in Cornwall, making it our number one choice for families with children that want to go on a sand-filled adventure!
Mother Iveys Bay
The bay takes its name from the legend of Mother Ivey who was a local white witch. Within the super interesting legend, a wealthy family refused to help Mother Ivey and the villagers by offering food as they were suffering and starving. In anger, Mother Ivey cursed the field so that ‘if ever its soil was broken, death would follow’. Ever since, the area has been referred to as cursed- due to the strange occurrences that have befallen on the land.
If you fancy visiting a stunning landmark whilst divulging in some ancient Cornish history, we highly suggest visiting Mother Ivey's Bay! Soak in the lore of the land and enjoy the wonderful views.
Booby’s Bay, near Padstow in north Cornwall, is home to a west-facing beach in the shadow of Trevose Head. Low tide reveals a sandy beach with rock pools to explore; at high tide, the beach is completely reclaimed by the sea.
The South West Coast Path provides good cliff walking opportunities, linking Booby’s Bay to nearby beaches such as those in Mother Ivey’s Bay and Treyarnon Bay, and around Trevose Head, all of which form part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surfing destination, however, is suitable only for experienced surfers as hidden outcrops make swimming dangerous.
With a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, Constantine Bay beach offers a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands. This west-facing beach also has numerous rock pools to explore and is very popular for swimming and surfing.
Constantine Bay is separated from its neighbour, Booby's Bay, to the north, by a thin rocky point; bordered by a large rocky reef to the south and backed by a network of sand dunes leaving plenty to explore for all of the family!
Just a short walk from Constantine, Treyarnon Bay is popular for surfing. The beach has a large expanse of sand with a huge area of rocks and pools on one side, and Trethias Island to be explored on the other. Everyone has their favourite part of the beach, I strongly recommend you make a visit to find out yours!
Treyarnon was recommended in the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide in 2017 due to its excellent water quality. Surfing can be good for all ages as it receives plenty of waves, but with a little more protection from the elements than its neighbour, Constantine. There are plenty of lifeguards on duty during the summer months, so it’s the perfect beach to enjoy with your family.
Popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families, Porthcothan Bay opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south. At high tide, the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs. The coast path gives splendid views to both the north and the south as well as displaying a variety of wildlife.
For any Poldark fans, Porthcothan beach near Newquay is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes and was used as Nampara land along with shots of Hendrawna Beach. If you’re a fan of the series and want to see where some of the epic scenery was filmed come down and check out the area!
That concludes my brief virtual tour of the 7 bays for 7 days! As you can see there’s something for everyone and plenty of family fun adventures to be had. With such a wide selection of areas to explore, events to attend and experiences to enjoy we urge you to get in contact with us and begin booking your holiday. See you soon!