Cornwall boasts the longest stretch of coastline in the UK with almost 700 km of stunning coastal scenery including more than 300 beaches. Here are just a few of our favourites
Whether you want to swim, sunbathe, surf, hunt for marine life in the hundreds of rock pools or just comb the beach, Widemouth is the place to go; with a long golden sandy stretch of beach even at high tide, a selction of cafes and ample parking.
Dogs are allowed on next door Black Rock beach all year round and the sunsets here are fabulous. This stretch of coast is steeped in smuggling history and just south of Widemouth Bay some amazing little inlets and coves can be found.
Within easy walking distance of Bude town centre Summerleaze is a popular beach, with Beach huts to rent and the very brilliant Life's a Beach Cafe
Summerleaze is an unusual beach with a large breakwater complete with tower protecting a small harbour and the mouth of the Bude canal with its massive lock gates. On the opposite side of the beach there's a sea-water bathing pool making for safe bathing whatever the conditions. Backing onto the beach are grassy downs and the River Neet.
The sandy beach is bordered to the north by Wrangle point and separated from Summerleaze beach to the south by a rocky outcrop
This small beach joins up at low tide with Summerleaze and Northcott Mouth forming a much larger golden sandy bay.
Crackington Haven is a small bay with a mixture of stones, sand and rockpools to keep the whole family happy. With great cliff top walks where you can take in the breathtaking views. If the weather isn't great watch the waves roll in from the nearby Coombe Barton Inn or the Cabin Cafe.
Northcott Mouth is the main stretch of sand that at low tide joins up with Crooklets beach in the south and almost as far as Duckpool in the north.
As with many of the beaches in this area there is a mix of pebbles at high tide and expanses of sand, punctuated by the distinctive fingers of rock known as the Bude Formation.
Trebarwith strand is south of Tintagel and can be reached on foot along the coast path, or by car.
The beach is completely covered at high tide. Please check tide times before visiting the beach. At low tide the expansive beach is revealed. The Port William, which overlooks the beach and cliffs is a very popular local pub.
The Strangles beach is quiet even in the summer due to a difficult climb down to the beach.
Parking is restricted and the beach is accessed via a foot path. The beach is completely covered at high tide. Please do check the tide times before visiting the beach. At low tide the beach is revealed.