(According to me!)
This is part of a link-up post that I’ve organised with some other Cornish bloggers. We thought it’d be fun to talk about our favourite beaches in Cornwall, and compare our results at the end!
It was harder than I thought it would be to choose just 5 of my favourite beaches (apologies to everyone I inflicted this constraint upon!); with over 400 beaches along our coastline, it’s a pretty tough decision. So many have fantastic childhood memories attached, and there are so many I’ve yet to explore!
As you’ll be able to tell from the list below, I’m a North Coast kinda gal. I’ve lived on the North Coast of Cornwall for over 16 years, and our recent move to the outskirts of Redruth means I’ll be here for many years to come too!
And so, in no particular order:
1. Godrevy Beach
I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a family of National Trust members, so we always used to have free access to this protected beach. The bay is perfect for swimming and body boarding, while there’s a great mixture of rocks, rock pools and fun secret caves which kept us entertained for hours as kids.
Sadly, adult-me isn’t at the point where I can afford a National Trust membership, so the entry fee to get to Godrevy has unfortunately put me off going in recent years.
2. Fistral Beach
Though I’ve never been swimming/surfing at Fistral, I love the white sands and atmosphere of this stretch of beach. The vast golf club behind it makes the scenery seriously breathtaking, and it’s dog-friendly all year round – yay!
3. Porthtowan Beach
This was the closest beach for us for 16 years, just 5 minutes drive away. We spent many a Summer afternoon down there, and evenings eating fish and chips on the dunes or grabbing a drink at the Unicorn or Blue Bar. I love that we only live 15 minutes away from Porthtowan in our new house (it’s our second nearest beach now!).
(Note: N and I actually first met in Porthtowan, as we were both part of the youth drama group there. Soft spot, shall we say!)
4. Porthmeor Beach
I only discovered this beach last month when visiting St. Ives! It’s absolutely stunning, and looks like something from the Costa Blanca or Majorca. I imagine it gets exceptionally crowded during Summer, but it really is the most perfect-looking beach.
5. Perranporth Beach
We are definitely regulars here with it being another dog-friendly beach all year round. It’s so huge that there’s always plenty of space to give Pepper a good airing, and it just happens to be exactly midway between our house and Pepper’s breeder’s house, so we like to meet up with them there so that Pepper can see her mum and sister. The Watering Hole (a beach bar/cafe/restaurant in the dunes) is an awesome, chilled out place to grab a drink or some food (or watch a band play in the evening!), and there’s loads of other great cafes and shops in the town too.
Find out what everyone else thinks!
Check out the other Cornish Bloggers’ posts below:
Holly @ Full of Beans & Sausages: ‘My Top 5 Beaches in Cornwall‘
Jess @ Jessica Cece: ‘Life’s a Beach‘
Alice @ Wooden Windowsills: ‘5 Cornish Beaches You Should Visit This Summer‘
Sam @ Strawberry Squeeze: ‘Top Running Beaches in Cornwall‘
Liv @ Maiden in Cornwall: ‘My 5 Favourite Cornish Beaches‘
Abel @ Brainfood: ‘Top 10 Beaches for Summer 2015′
Chloe @ Life Unexpected: ‘Top 5 Family Friendly Beaches in Cornwall‘
I’ll be announcing the results of the ultimate Top 5 beaches next week!