Quick Guide Padstow’s Beaches

Padstow is a small fishing town located on the North Coast of Cornwall. Padstow is known for its vast beauty, gorgeous countryside, white sandy beaches and rolling hillsides and is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary approximately 10 miles northeast of Newquay.


Quick Guide Padstow’s beaches


Padstow is a small fishing town that sits happily on the North Coast of Cornwall. Padstow is known for its vast beauty, gorgeous countryside, white sandy beaches and rolling hillsides and is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary.

Quick Guide

The town of Padstow is known for quirky old cottages cobblestone streets, its working fishing harbour and fabulous beaches. A foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.

In recent years the area surrounding Padstow has grown to be one of North Cornwall’s main holiday destinations.

Padstow has something to offer, whether you are young or old, or can’t decide. Whether your interests are sailing, water-ski-ing or windsurfing as well as golf, walking, or fishing.

The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and hiking and boasts of magnificent coastlines, fabulous beaches and the most wonderful views to take your breath away.

Here is our ‘quick guide’ to the beaches best known near Padstow, we can’t cover them all, these just four to consider if you are in the area and looking to visit this part of the North Cornish coast.

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Trevone Bay

Trevone Bay is situated about 2 miles from Padstow. The coastal village of Trevone boasts of two lovely beaches surrounded by rocky edges on one and high cliffs on the other with great views.

The rocky beach is with a natural swimming pool that appears at low tide (particular in the summer season), which makes it great for all those who like rock pools, crabs and fishing nets.

The other is a sandy beach that has a wide stretch of fine golden sand and is sheltered by coves which makes it perfect for swimming for both children and adults alike. This beach has a giant natural blowhole, which is at least 80ft deep and is a great sight to see.

There are great coastal walks with views to Hawkes Head from the cliffs above the beach.

“Padstow is a picturesque harbour town, located on the western bank of the Camel Estuary. Blessed with magnificent coastline and an array of breath-taking beaches to explore and enjoy.”

St. George Cove

The beach is within walking distance of Padstow, making it the closest beach to the harbour. The beach is located beneath Gun Point – a gun point since Elizabethan times but has been fortified during the World War 2.

The arm of the beach is sandy facing out into the Camel Estuary. From where lies great views across the waters of the estuary to the rocky beach and Daymer Bay.

At low tide, the beach is accessible through “lower beach” and at high tide, it is accessible from the coastal path. However, on a full low tide, it is possible to walk along the sand to Hawkers Cove and beyond.

Hawkers Cove

Known locally as the Battery, the beach is located at the mouth of the spectacular Camel Estuary, Hawkers Cove is a mile outside Padstow.

At low tide, the beach reveals an expanse of sand stretching over a mile and a half, from the old lifeboat station and joining with Harbour Cove. At high tide, Hawkers Cove is completely cut off from Harbour Cove and becomes intimate with rocks rising up to provide shelter to the little patch of sand and slipway.

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Due to its limited parking space and convoluted access, the beach hardly gets crowded, despite its closeness to Padstow and it being a sight to behold.

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Harbour Cove

Harbour Cove is a large area of sandy beach. Tucked away along the banks of the Camel Estuary, this wide beach is slightly closer to Padstow but merging with Hawker’s Cove at low tide.

When the tides are high, the sand of this beach forms the infamous Doom Bar where many ships have come to grief in its time.

Considering the closeness of this beach to the bustling town of Padstow and its gorgeous untouched sand, backed by small grassy dunes with beautiful views across the estuary to neighbouring beach of Daymer Bay, Harbour Cove remains relatively quiet.

Meaning it has been very much unspoiled. Backed by cliffs, all of Padstow beaches are sandy with soft golden sand.


O n Fabulous Devon & Cornwall we showcase a wide and varied selection of pretty holiday cottages and more contemporary places to stay in both Padstow and the surrounding area. Family, dog friendly or just a little bolthole for two. Discover your next holiday hideaway in this fabulous part of the North Cornish coast.