Beaches, Bays & Billows

Beaches, Bays & Billows

Try out those deck chairs

Think of beaches, and you think of Cornwall. Great beaches, perhaps three miles long (Perranporth, for instance); gregarious beaches, which join hands when the tide recedes (Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne at Newquay, for instance); and small, secluded beaches you'll have to discover for yourselves.

Look at this way: Cornwall has more than 300 miles of coastline, 9 beautiful estuaries and more than 300 public beaches - quite apart from scores of coves, creeks and inlets which the tide obligingly disgorges each and every day. That's an awful lot of sand! Look to the north coast for the great Atlantic rollers, for majestic cliffs and for towering sand dunes (towans in Cornish). Look to the south for the mellower fishing village image, where all the contours of the countryside slip languidly down to the sea.

There are beaches associated with Sir John Betjeman, Daphne du Maurier and Virginia Woolf, there are beaches familiar to the great and powerful, there are beaches named after shipwrecks and pirates, and there are beaches where youngsters can fish for stickleback or shrimp in countless rock pools. There are beaches where the surf is so consistently turbulent that they host surfing events for competitors from Miaimi to Bondi, there are beaches from which shark-fishing boats depart, and there are beaches where grandma, up to the ankles in white water, can keep a weather eye on the frolicking youngsters.

There are beaches which are virtually inaccessible except from the sea, there are beaches where the thrift and mesembryanthemum teeter to the water's edge, there are beaches where the cliffs rise sheer to the sun.

In short, when it comes to beaches - whatever your preference - Cornwall can provide. Take your time. Look around. You'll find you're spoiled for choice!

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