The Beaches Near to Silverbow Country Park
The rugged North Cornish coastline is famous throughout the world, the backdrop for many tv series and is a haven for wildlife and sea life. Perhaps the biggest draw for many visitors to the area are the beaches and Silverbow Country Park is perfectly positioned to enjoy a range of beaches. The vast stretch of sand at Perranporth is very popular with holiday makers and is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, as are many beaches in the area.
Perran Sands- 2.7 Miles
Perran Sands (also known as Penhale Sands) at low tide joins up with Perranporth Beach to create 3 miles of golden sand. Perran Sands tends to pick up more swell than neighbouring Perranporth Beach and is a favourite with surfers, especially at the far end which is known as 'Penhale Corner'.
A lifeguard service runs here from 19th May to 30th September. Dog are welcome all year round. Visitors should be aware that this is a nudist/naturist beach.
Perranporth Beach- 3.1 Miles
Perranporth Beach is a lovely flat beach with golden sand, dune and rock pools. It is a popular beach for a range of water sports including surfing and snorkelling. A selection of bars and eateries are nearby and open during the main holiday season. Lifeguard cover is provided from Easter through till October.
Disabled toilets are nearby and sand chairs are available from Perranporth Gardens (07881 521730) and are provided by Cornwall Mobility.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads between July and August, 9am - 5pm.
Trevaunance Cove- 5.3 Miles
To the south is Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes, ideal for families with easy access, great facilities and places to eat right by the beach. The cove is overlooked by a dramatic headland adorned with traditional Cornish cottages and relics from the tin mining past. Lifeguard cover is provided from May 19th to 20th September. There are several small car parks along the road leading to the beach.
Dogs are welcome all year round but must be on a lead.
Holywell Bay- 5.5 Miles
Nearby Holywell Bay is a beautiful beach, fine sand backed by sand dunes and breath-taking scenery with easy access from the national Trust car park. This is a dog friendly beach and lifeguards are provided from 15th May- 26th September. There is also a pitch and putt course available that is great fun nearby. A must visit monument in this area is the iconic Wheal Coats mine and the Towanroath engine house, one of the most iconic old tin mines in Cornwall.
Crantock Beach- 6.2 Miles
Crantock Beach is a large area of sand between Pentire and West Pentire Headlands. The beach is backed by sand dunes which are full of wildlife. Pipers Hole is a cave which can be found in a gap in the cliffs which at low tide reveals carving that date back over 100 years.
There is a beach kiosk that is open during the Summer months and lifeguards are provided between 19th May- 30th September. Dog are welcome all year round. Parking is provided at Pentire Headland, The Bowjie Inn car park and there is also parking available in the town.
Tolcarne Beach, Great Western and Lusty Glaze- 6.9 Miles
Tolcarne Beach, Great Western and Lusty Glaze beaches all form one long expanse at low tide. They are all family friendly although the steps down at Tolcarne are designed to keep you fit, easy to go down but a lot to go up. Great western is very popular with families, a traditional Cornish beach that is ideal for younger children with a range of rock pools to explore.
Great Western does not have lifeguard cover, but the others do during summer months (19th May-30th September). Dogs are not allowed between 19th May- 30th September.
Fistral Beach- 7.5 Miles
Newquay is the beach lovers haven with a range of beaches that offer protection from the wind and therefore great waves in several directions. The world famous Fistral Beach is the surf centre with waves reaching 6-8ft, it is a fantastic beach and an easy walk from the town centre with plenty of parking.
Lifeguard cover on Fistral Beach is provided from Easter until the end of October. Lifeguard cover on South Fistral Beach is provided from the 10th of July until the 5th of September.
Dogs are allowed all year. Disabled toilets and sand chairs are available from Fistral Surf Hire Shop (01637 850584) and are provided by Cornwall Mobility.
Porth Beach- 7.5 Miles
Porth Beach is ideal for families with young children due to the large expanse of sand and exposure of rockpools at low tide. There is easy disabled access to the beach from the main car park. It is a sheltered beach that has many cafes and pubs just across the road.
Lifeguards are provided between 19th May- 30th September and surfing is banned during the Summer months. Dogs are not permitted on Porth Beach between 10am-6pm from 19th May- 30th September.
Watergate Bay- 9 Miles
The beach at Watergate Bay (also known as Tregurrian) is backed by high cliffs and is the first of a series of beaches that lead to Newquay. It is a popular beach for surfing and extreme sports which include Kite Surfing and Kite Buggying are offered here by The Extreme Academy.
The beach is fully accessible to wheelchair users. The main steps to the beach have been rebuilt to assist disabled users. Lifeguards are provided during the Easter Bank Holiday and from 5th May- 30th September. Dog are welcome all year round.
Porth Towan Beach- 9.2 Miles
Porth Towan Beach is set in a valley with high cliffs that provide shelter. This blue flag beach has a bar that sells great food and a village shop is nearby. There is level disabled access from the beachside car park.
Seasonal lifeguards are provided at Easter bank holiday, weekends during April, daily from 5th May- 30th September and weekends during October. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10am-6pm from 15th May-30th September.
Bedruthan Steps- 21.5 Miles
If you are looking to explore further afield, there are lots of fantastic beaches to explore, little coves and stunning little escapes. A pick of the bunch for beauty and unique features includes Bedruthan Steps (sometimes known as Carnewas) that is abounded by huge rocky outcrops and makes for some stunning pictures.
A lifeguard service is not provided here as swimming is not recommended due to the tides. Dogs are welcome all year round. There is a car park at the top of the cliffs with steps leading down to the beach.