7 Bays of Cornwall
Stunning golden sand beaches, paramount views and lots to do! The Seven Bays of Cornwall are the most stunning of beaches located around the Cornish Coastline. Filled with soft golden sand and all within easy reach of each other, centred around the small Cornish village of St Merryn, 3 miles from Padstow. St Merryn has everything you need to equip you for your holiday including pubs, delicatescents, restaurants Rick Steins Cornish Arms, surf hire and even a chinese takeaway! The Seven Bays are Porthcothan Bay (nearest to Newquay), up the coast to Treyarnon Bay, then Constantine Bay, Booby’s Bay, Mother Ivey’s Bay, Harlyn Bay and then Trevone Bay (which is nearest to Padstow). Each of the Bay’s are unique with their own story, and with different tides, shelter and features, from fantastic rock pools to old shipwrecks for you to discover.
Treyarnon Bay is long and sandy, with visitors both young and old. It is particularly popular for surf and has a great team of lifeguards to keep an eye out on all the children.
Treyarnon Bay boasts a huge natural rockpool, deep and full of wildlife that can be used to explore or as a swimming pool, accessible at low tide.
At low tide you can also explore Treyarnon’s mini island ‘Trethias’ located to the left of the Bay which has sandy crevasses.
There is lots of parking, a shop and a public toilet. Dogs are also welcome all year round.
Mother Ivey’s Bay
Mother Ivey’s Bay is a quieter and more private beach due to its access, which is a 20 minute walk along the coastal path from Harlyn Bay. This makes Mother Ivey’s a secluded spot for peace and quiet.
The closet parking and toilets is at Harlyn Bay, and dogs are allowed all year round.
Trevone Bay is one of the lesser known of the 7 bays, and as such is quieter. It sits down a windy road at the bottom of a hill, and opens up into a cliff sheltered sandy cove. It’s stunning cliffs are vast, and it even has a second rocky beach located to the west with rock pools filled with sealife from the high tide.
It is well known for its large Blow Hole formed over years of weathering, and well worth the trip.
Constantine Bay offers an award winning stretch of golden sandy beach, with rock pools to the left, fit for any crab lover, and backed up with sand dunes for hiding in windproof shelter. To the right at low tide you can walk to Booby’s Bay, climb to the top of the adjoining cliff, or explore the rock pools.
Hugely well known in the surfing community for its strong currents and long waves.
There is a small car park, public toilets and a larger seasonal car park just up the road. At the top of the road you can find a shop selling pasties, ice creams, newspapers and surf equipment. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, and dogs are welcome all year round.
Portcothan Bay has a majestic surprise. Its huge sandy beach is backed up with sand dunes, and at low tide it’s a beach not to miss as you can venture out walking all the way round to untouched Goldenburn Cove.
You can park across the road from the beach, they have public toilets and a seasonal shop, and the Tredrea pub just up the road with fantastic views.
Dogs are allowed all year round.
Booby’s Bay is a spacious, long and wide sandy beach when the tide is low. It has the reminents of an old ship wreck which is popular among children, and has lots of little water pools with sandy bottoms and rock pools to be explored.
It sits as a favourite for surfers as it has strong currents and big waves. It is however also popular with the walkers due to its location and access to lots of coastal paths and cliff top walks. Constantine Golf Course is also just down the road.
You need to climb down rocks for the main access to the beach which makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs, and the nearest parking is located at Constantine Bay or Treyarnon Bay.
Dogs are allowed on Booby’s Bay throughout the year.
Harlyn Bay is ideal for a family day out, and in perfect for surf learners.
In rough weather, Harlyn is ideal for seasoned pro surfers due to the wide beach and sheltered currents.
Harlyn Bay is accessible from the large car park and the coastal path for walkers.
Situated opposite a large pub (the Harlyn Inn) there are two large car parks with access to the beach, toilets in overflow car park, a takeaway food van situated in top car park and a shop selling surf gear and beach equipment. Dogs allowed all year round.