Sand, sea and hopefully sun, it's no wonder Cornwall topped the coveted British Travel Awards poll as the 'Best UK Holiday County/Region' with is sweeping golden beaches and renowned surfing spots. Best places to capture sunsets, ride the waves, enjoy a beach day, take your four legged, check our quick guide to Newquay's and Bude's beaches...
Crantock BeachA sand dunes haven
Just 15 minutes drive from Newquay's town centre, you'll find Crantock Beach, famous for its beautiful sand dunes. The River Gannel flows through Crantock, with ferry runs from the beach to Fern Pit, if you fancy picking up fresh crab from the café. A stunning sight with cliffs, rocks and sand dunes, it's great to explore. The most popular entrance can be found from the National Trust car park, near the river, which holds public toilets. Stop in the small village, where you'll find a pub, shops and there is the Fern Pit Café on the other side of the Gannel. Your friends with wagging tails are allowed all year around, and lifeguards operate from mid May to the end of September.
Fistral BeachSurfers paradise
Surfs up at the UK's best surfing beach, Fistral Beach! With its long sands, rocks and cliffs on either side to shield from the wind, and first class beach and seafront facilities including restaurants, cafes, toilets, car parking, surf equipment hire and lessons, its ideal for families as well as those looking to catch a wave or two. It's also home to Rick Stein's restaurant, so you can enjoy some top notch, Cornish fish and chips. And it hosts many surfing competitions and festivals including Boardmasters, the UK ZapCat championships, English National Surfing Championships, and the King of the Groms Junior Surf Festival. Lifeguard’s work from April to the end of October.
Towan BeachWatch the tides
At the heart of Newquay’s town centre, Towan Beach is easy to get to, simply walking down the hill from the shops and cafés and you're there. At high tide the beach disappears, so people retreat to the grassy areas above, or head to the shops. The calm and sheltered waters are great for beginner surfers and swimmers, and there's small bathing pools for kids. Lifeguard cover is from mid May to end of September, and dogs are allowed all year around.
Great Western BeachFour paws welcome
Best time to visit this beach? At low tide when it joins Towan, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze beach, creating a beautiful expanse of sand. At high tide the beach is surrounded by coves and high cliffs. There's beach café if your fancy a drink, deckchairs, bodyboards and windbreaks for hire. Lifeguards are around from mid May to September, and our pawed friends are welcome.
Summerleaze BeachA big hit
A big hit with surfers, families and beach lovers, Summerleaze is Bude's central hub of sand, sea, and sun! Clean, safe and easy on the eye, it's also home to the historic sea pool. There's a beach cafe for refreshments and shops, plus it's level for wheelchair access. It's life guarded during summer months so you can swim safely too. Lazy beach days await.
Lusty Glaze BeachWow-factor views!
A private beach that's known for its beach-side restaurant, live music, stunning views and beach-side facilities for all to enjoy. The amphitheatre shape of the beach makes Lusty Glaze a unique and beautiful location for live music and concerts, and was voted the ‘Most picturesque live music venues in the UK’ by the Times. The beach is a beautiful horseshoe cove, accessed by steps down from the high cliffs. Lifeguard cover is seasonal and no dogs in spring and summer.
CrookletsCoastal Path access
Just a short walk along the coastal path from Bude Holiday Resort, Crooklets offers a huge expanse of golden sands and rock pools to explore - meet the creatures that lurk beneath the surface - when the tides out. It's popular with surfers if you want to hit the waves or sit and watch how its done and families. This beach isn't dog friendly, if you prefer to enjoy your beach days without doggies sniffing about. There's a cafe for a cool drink and ice cream too.
Whipsiderry BeachRockpooling fun!
Next door to Porth beach is Whipsiderry, which is a great beach to explore rock pools and caves at low tide. With caves including the Cathedral Cavern, the Internal Regions, the Great Banqueting Hall, Boulder Cavern and Fern Cavern, you'll see why this beach made it into the top 20 of Europe’s Best Beaches. Whipsiderry is approximately a 5-10 minute drive from Newquay, no lifeguards and dogs are welcome all year round.
Watergate BayGolden sands
A visit to the famous Watergate Bay beach, known for the immense expanse of golden sand stretching across two miles, and its incredible surf, attracting surfers from all around the world, it's a must see. You can also catch a fiery orange sunset here, so get your cameras ready. The bay is very large and open, picking up swells from the Atlantic, making it perfect for families and surfers alike. Your pawed friends are welcome to frolic in the waves too.
Staying at bude? Another beach for your must visit list is stunningly beautiful Northcoot beach, which feels like a tucked away cove. Kids will love exploring the fin sand, many rock pools and stream. This offers a secluded alternative to the more popular beaches. It's lifeguarded and doggies are welcome too. It's accessed via the coastal path.