Harlyn Bay beach lies about 3 miles due west of Padstow on the North Cornwall coast. Located on the eastern, sheltered side of Trevose Head, Harlyn Bay is a large crescent shaped beach with a good expanse of sand at low tide.
The north-facing, gently shelving beach is very popular in high season due to its proximity to St. Merryn village as well as a number of holiday parks and campsites. A favourite with surfers as well as families the beach is backed by low dunes and is easily accessible from the nearby car park.
Harlyn Bay has been voted as one of the top five family beaches in the UK and is also considered to be one of the safest beaches in Cornwall. Swimming is good within the designated safe areas, especially on an incoming tide.
The northern section of Harlyn Bay is rockier and several small coves lie between the rocky outcrops. From Bloodhound Cove in the south, pass Greenclose Cove and Onjohn Cove before reaching Big Guns Cove immediately below Cataclews Point.
Harlyn Bay is a fine surfing beach, offering a more sheltered alternative to the beaches west of Trevose headland. The Harlyn Bay Surf School was recently described as 'the best on the North Cornish coast' by the Sunday Times newspaper and offers coasteering, kayaking as well as being the first surf school to offer stand up paddleboarding in Cornwall. There are numerous rock pools around the bay and snorkelling is good especially around Big Guns Cove and Onjohn Cove to the north.
The beach is patrolled by lifeguards from May to September and is dog friendly with no restrictions, even in high summer. Refreshments are available from the cafe in summer and toilets are located near the car park.
Harlyn Bay is one of the 'Seven bays for seven days', along with Trevone, Mother Ivey's Bay, Booby's Bay, Constantine Bay, Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothan.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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