26th July 2018
Devon and Cornwall remain firm favourites as two of the UK’s top destinations of choice when it comes to summer breaks, as both families and couples go off in search of sun, sand, sea and surf. If you are one of those lucky enough to be visiting this beautiful part of the UK over the next few weeks, here is a guide to just some of the best beaches in Devon and Cornwall, whether you are looking to catch a wave or paddle with the kids!
Blackpool Sands is a Blue Flag awarded beach located only 3 miles west of Dartmouth on the South Devon Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Set in an unspoilt, sheltered bay complete with pines and evergreens, Blackpool Sands has sand pits, offers kayaks and paddle boards for hire, a bathing raft, along with a beach shop and delicious range of hot and cold food. Arguably one of the best beaches in Devon and perfect for swimming due to its clean water, it really is a beautiful setting for a family day out. For couples looking to tie the knot, you may want to undertake a recce as a possible venue for your future nuptials. The Venus Café is a registered approved building for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, and can accommodate wedding receptions and parties for up to 90 guests. With its spectacular sea views across the entire length of the beach and delicious, locally sourced food and drink, the café at Blackpool Sands offers a truly memorable venue for your special day.
Set in a valley between Padstow and Newquay on the North Cornwall Coast, Watergate Bay has become a leading venue for beach sports and events. Visitors to the beach can enjoy around two miles of golden sand with a backdrop of caves and cliffs making it one of the best beaches in Cornwall. With enormous waves coming in from the Atlantic, it has become a firm favourite amongst surfers and kite surfers. For those of you keen to try out a new sport, there are lessons and equipment hire all year round. The beach is a European Designated beach and has achieved the highest standard for UK bathing water so is perfect for swimming. Even better, dogs are allowed all year round which means your furry friend can join in the fun too!
An wonderfully situated beach which includes over 3 straight miles of golden sand, Saunton Sands welcomes dogs all year round making it a popular choice with both families and couples looking for a dog friendly coastal break. The long stretch of water means the beach is popular with both swimmers and surfers, particularly beginners and intermediate surfers. Backed by the spectacular Braunton Burrows which never cease to amaze visitors, you can enjoy a walk to Crow Point whilst taking in the amazing coastline.
Located on the west of the Lizard in Cornwall, Kynance Cove is certainly one of the most painted and photographed locations in Cornwall. Known for for its turquoise sea, white sand and colourful serpentine rock stacks, Kynance Cove is a tidal beach, perfect for the more adventurous amongst you. Despite the steep 15 minute walk down to the cove, it is most definitely one of the best beaches in Cornwall and can get very busy in the summer months with visitors looking to enjoy a family day out. During low tide you can explore the rock stacks and caves which have fascinating names such as The Drawing Room and The Parlour, and when hunger sets in you can indulge in fresh sandwiches, homemade cakes and cream teas at the eco friendly cafe located just above the beach. Owned and looked after by the National Trust, as well as the beach itself, there are a number of walks and other activities in the nearby area that can be enjoyed. Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September.
Haylyn Bay beach is considered one of the best beaches in Cornwall for families. A wide and spacious beach full of golden sand and pebbles with plenty of rock pools and dunes, Harlyn Bay is also dog friendly all year round. It has a reputation as one of the safer beaches in the country and as such, is popular with novice surfers who can undertake lessons and practise safely with the many surf schools that run sessions from the beach. Alternatively, why not have a go at sea kayaking! A crescent shaped bay, Harlyn Sands offers an interesting combination of sand, dunes, rocky shoreline and tide pools, just ripe for exploring with the kids and mans best friend. And if you fancy taking yourself off for a walk, there are some lovely routes to Trevose Head and Mother Ivey’s Bay.
With a distinctively mediterranean feel to the place, Porthminster Beach in St. Ives is one of the best beaches in Cornwall. An award-winning Blue Flag beach, Porthminster is very safe for swimming. With turquoise water, golden sand and waving palm trees along with the mildest climate to be enjoyed in the UK, it is a great place to relax. The Porthminster Beach Cafe which has won many prestigious awards, serves up fantastic local food, some of which is grown in their own vegetable garden. Once you are done at the beach, why not try your hand at the mini 18 hole golf course or wander into nearby St. Ives town centre. Dogs are welcome on Porthminster Beach except between the first Sunday before Easter and 30th September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.
Whichever beach you choose to visit this summer please remember to always stay safe.