Padstow is a picturesque harbour town, situated on the western bank of the Camel Estuary. There are several beaches along the estuary on the Padstow side, the main ones being Hawker’s Cove, Harbour Cove (which you may hear referred to locally as Tregirls) and St George’s Well Cove.
All are sandy beaches, accessible at low tide, and some are dog friendly. Backed by cliffs, they are a short walk from Padstow town and its amenities, and have soft golden sand, which is always popular with families, and stunning views over the Camel Estuary.
When the tide is in, some areas of these beaches form the infamous Doom Bar, which has claimed many a ship in its time.
Parking: There is plenty of parking in Padstow.
Toilets: Toilets located in Padstow.
Facilities: There are a number of shops and cafés located in Padstow.
Safety: No lifeguards operate on any of Padstow’s beaches.
Dogs: Dogs are banned at St George's Cove throughout July and August between the hours of 10am-6pm. Dogs are permitted at Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove all year round, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.
Rock & Daymer Bay
Rock Beach, and Daymer Bay to the north, are both on the east side of the Camel Estuary, opposite Padstow. Rock Beach is a small sheltered cove, close to the village of Rock, which is popular with sailing enthusiasts and attracts many celebrity visitors, including royalty, while Daymer Bay has an expanse of golden sand where watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing are very popular pursuits.
There are dunes behind Daymer Bay, and beyond these you will find the peaceful setting of St Enodoc Church, in whose churchyard is the resting place of former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.
Parking: There is one small car park available at Rock Beach, and also some on road parking. Daymer Bay has a small car park adjacent to the beach.
Toilets: Toilets at Daymer Bay car park and at Rock car park.
Facilities: Rock offers a selection of shops, a golf course, cafés, restaurants and a ferry service to Padstow.
Safety: Lifeguards don't patrol either beach.
Dogs: Dogs allowed on Daymer Bay and Rock Beach all year (though we recommend checking before you go).