Cornwall Beach Guide
Cornwalls Beaches - Cornish Beach Guide
Cornwall’s warm local climate attracts many people to the counties beaches especially for the spring and summer holidays. Cornwalls beaches are usually the prime destination when on holiday, and water based activities are the most sort after.
Cornwall does also have a handfull of Nudist Beaches.
There are over one hundred and fifty beaches around the Cornish coast. Most of the beaches were awarded the Blue Flag Award. The Blue Flag Award is awarded by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), for environmental excellence, it is also an independent recognition. There are well over two thousand Blue Flag beaches in 36 countries globally. By maintaining strict criteria for water quality, safety, environment management, environment education and information, the Blue Flag awards hope to encourage, the sustainable development of beaches and marinas. The beaches facilities such as disabled access, lifeguards and toilets, are also part of the criteria set by the Blue Flag awards.
Some of the more noted beaches are:
Watergate Bay. Located north of New quay, it is one of the more spectacular beaches in Cornwall. It has over two miles sandy beach at low tide, with massive cliffs bordering it. Popular with surfers, Watergate bay has a number of sea-based activities.
Daymer Bay. Situated south of Trebetherick, Daymer Bay has approximately one third of a mile of sand.
Harbour Cove. Harbour Cove is located in what is called a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Trevone Bay. Trevone Bay is located to the south of Trevose and is situated in an area of great geological interest.
Harlyn Bay. Found east of Trevose Head with less than a mile of beach.
These beaches are some of the beaches with the Blue Flag Award. They are all sheltered sandy beaches, and most are suitable for families and have a lot of facilities.
All year round people can be seen surfing on the Cornish beaches and when spring comes around the experience is much more intense. The north coast of Cornwall has been called the United Kingdoms surfer’s heaven. Cornwall is home to one of the major pro surfing competitions in Europe, with some of the world’s top surfers competing.
It is believed that surfing can be done at most of the beach in Cornwall and some surfing areas are not near the beaches. The most easily accessible and consistent all tend to be on the beaches. Some of the more popular ones are, Fistral Beach, Gwithian Beach, Perranporth Beach, Polzeath Beach, Porthmeor Beach, and Porthtowan Beach.
From the many harbours in Cornwall, one of the activities that take places is yachting. The following beaches are popular for yachting:
St.Ives. A famous Cornish destination for many visitors and yachtsman.
The Isles of Scilly. Have almost 150 islands, islets and titled rocks and another popular location.
Penzance harbor. This is a popular mooring point for visitors' yachts.
The numerous beaches, bays, rocky inlets and sandy coves all provide some of the safest location for sailing, bathing, and windsurfing in Cornwall. Its harbour facilities on both the North and South coasts, and on the Isles of Scilly offer up an impressive array of sheltered coastal and river moorings for exploration and enjoyment.