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Beaches Near Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is a granite moorland in the heart of Cornwall...

Whilst it is in the middle of the county, nowhere in Cornwall is too far from the coast! It is about a half hour drive to Cornwall's north coast beaches and a little longer to experience the delights of the south coast. Listed below are the beaches which are most easily accessible from this area.

North Coast:

Trebarwith Strand

A sandy beach nestled against the high cliffs of the north Cornish coast and completely covered at high tide. Situated a couple of miles from Tintagel, this popular beach is loved by families and has a seasonal shop and café. It is accessed by climbing over rocks so is not suitable for all.

Parking: 1 large council run car park a 5 minute walk from the beach.

Toilets: Right by the beach.

Facilities: Beach shop and café.

Dogs: Dogs allowed all year on Trebarwith Strand although we would recommend checking this beforehand. Information on bringing your dog on holiday.

Bossiney Haven

This little sandy cove is located between Tintagel and Boscastle. The beach is reached by a footpath and then steep steps so is not suitable for everyone. There are caves to explore but take care – the whole beach is covered at high tide.

Parking: Car parking in a field near the beach.

Facilities: Toilets by the car park.

Dogs: Dogs allowed all year on Bossiney Haven although we would advise checking this beforehand. Information on bringing your dog on holiday.

Port Gaverne

A narrow, sandy inlet just a few minutes' walk from the cliff-top carpark at Port Isaac. There's plenty of sand at low tide and rockpools and caves to discover making it popular with families. The cliff walks offer fabulous views and the adjacent fishing village of Port Isaac (the filming location for Doc Martin) is well worth exploring.

Parking: 1 car park at Port Isaac (can get very busy).

Toilets: By the car park at Port Isaac.

Facilities: A pub and at Port Isaac there are a number of shops and cafés.

Dogs: No dogs between Easter to October although again we would advise checking this beforehand. Information on bringing your dog on holiday.

South Coast:

Polkerris Beach

Little hamlet with a pretty sandy cove, perfect for families. The bay is sheltered by the harbour wall and the waters allow for safe swimming. It overlooks St Austell Bay and provides not only a café, shop and pub but also watersports tuition and equipment hire.

Parking: Car park a short walk from beach.

Toilets: Close to the beach.

Facilities: Watersports equipment hire and tuition, toilets, a café, shop and pub.

Dogs: Dogs are banned from Easter Day to 1st October, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

Par Sands Beach

Large sandy beach edged by dunes, with waters that are safe and shallow for a fair distance. Recommended by the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide 2014 as having excellent water quality.

Parking: Just behind the beach.

Toilets: A short walk from the beach.

Facilities: Pub, shop and café close by.

Dogs: Dogs allowed all year round, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

Readymoney Cove

A secluded sandy cove just outside of Fowey. Provides safe swimming as the sheltered bay is a boat free area. The estuary itself is popular with sailing and all kinds of other boats making the most of the scenic estuary. There are tidal rockpools to explore and a bathing platform moored in the bay.

Parking: Small car park near to the beach.

Toilets: Near the beach.

Facilities: Seasonal ice cream van but only about half a mile from the centre of Fowey.

Dogs: Dogs are banned from Easter Day to 1st October, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

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