North Cornwall beaches near to St Merryn
You’ll know you’ve reached St Merryn when you see the signs displaying the motto ‘Seven Bays for Seven Days’ and with five and a half miles of coastline there really are seven wonderful beaches within a three mile distance!
Seven Bays for Seven Days
Working north to south, the beaches form part of the north Cornwall section of The South West Coastal Path and if you love walking then Padstow is a great starting point and you can take in all seven north Cornwall beaches on your way. Watch out for Trevose Head Lighthouse and the Lifeboat Station on the way as well as some spectacular rock formations.
Approximately 2.8 miles from Bay Retreat Villas, the beach is sandy and served by a small rocky river inlet but can disappear at high tide! There’s a car park and cafe and surfers like the seasonal lifeguard cover. A seasonal dog ban applies here.
Approximately 3.4 miles from Bay Retreat Villas, Harlyn is a year-round, dog-friendly beach with seasonal lifeguard cover. Sandy and family friendly, the beach is sheltered. It’s also a great place to learn to surf as there’s a surf school close by.
Mother Ivey’s Bay
Situated approximately 3.3 miles from Bay Retreat Villas the beach is accessed via a 20 minute coastal path from Harlyn Bay. Dog-friendly, the large sweep of beach is fine and sandy and surrounded by rocks, making it popular with families.
Situated approximately 3.8 miles from Bay Retreat Villas, this year round dog friendly beach has seasonal lifeguard cover. There’s no parking here, so Treyarnon may be the best place to stop and then walk.
The sandy beach is popular with surfers. At low tide, an old ship wreck can appear!
Situated approximately 3 miles from Bay Retreat Villas, Constantine offers a year round dog friendly beach with seasonal lifeguard cover. Surfers enjoy the rip tides, but it can be unsafe for swimmers.
A wide crescent expanse of sand with great rock pools and sand dunes. There’s a shop in the village. There are toilets but parking can be limited. However, Treyarnon Bay has plenty of parking and is about a 10 minute walk away.
Approximately 2.6 miles from Bay Retreat Villas, Treyarnon offers a year-round, dog-friendly beach with seasonal lifeguard cover.
Situated in a sandy cove and surrounded by cliffs, there are lots of rock pools and sand dunes.
Approximately 2.6 miles from Bay Retreat Villas, Porthcothan is a year-round, dog-friendly beach with seasonal lifeguard cover.
The beach is popular with sunbathers and families, as it’s surrounded by grassy dunes.
Other beaches close by
Just past Padstow, on the Camel Estuary lies the blue flag beach of Polzeath. With seasonal lifeguard cover and seasonal dog ban, its gently sloping sands mean it’s a great place to learn to surf. Dolphins are also often spotted here!
Along the north coast a stretch of cliff and beach known as Carnewas leads to Bedruthan Steps.
The steep staircase down to the beach is closed from 1 November until 1 March, but there is a viewing point with disabled access and a National Trust car park and café are at the top. A large sandy and rocky beach lies below.
Further south is the well known surf haven and popular beach at Watergate Bay, where seasonal lifeguards operate. Here you’ll find Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen Cornwall’ Restaurant, The Beach Hut and the O’Neill Surf Academy.