There is something particularly beautiful about Cornwall in the winter. The ever-changing sea, the great empty spaces, the windy but never-too-chilly weather… It’s a wonderful time of year to explore the county.
This year so far, the coast has possibly been a little too windswept; however with calmer weather hopefully on the way, here are some wonderful beaches to visit in Cornwall this winter.
Three miles from Padstow, this is a stunning beach on the Atlantic (North) coast. Sweeps of sand, rockpools, and dunes, it ticks all the boxes. It’s popular with surfers, so park at Treyarnon Bay and enjoy the 10-minute walk to Constantine along the coast path.
It’s the perfect place for a brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs. There is no way you can walk along Constantine Bay and not feel fabulous for it.
This may be a longer drive from The Cornwall; however it is so worth it. Hayle boasts “three miles of golden sands”, and it’s not exaggerating. At low tide, all the beaches join up to form a stretch of sand so vast that it never feels crowded.
Many people head to the Godrevy end of the beach, where there is a National Trust car park and a fabulous café. Godrevy lighthouse is the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous lighthouse, and it’s a great place for seabird and seal spotting. However, drive a bit further west and reach the beaches through Hayle itself. There’s a secluded car park, and a short walk through the dunes leads you towards the beach and spectacular views of St Ives. Not many people use this route, so you might just get this bit of beach to yourself for a while…
St Catherine’s Castle
There’s a lovely short walk with great sea views that starts at Coombe car park, and heads to the remains of one of Henry VIII’s Cornish castles, St Catherine’s.
The walk also takes you through two secluded little coves before heading through woodland towards the “Manderley” of Rebecca fame. That’s a lot crammed in to a walk of not much more than two and a half miles! It can be rather muddy so boots advisable.
For this and other great coastal walks, have a look at the South West Coast Path’s website.
Discover our local beaches – Porthpean and Pentewan
Porthpean, just a couple of miles from The Cornwall, is great for year-round rockpooling. It’s a handy place to pick up the coast path, and walk to the postcard-pretty port of Charlestown.
Two miles from Porthpean is sandy Pentewan beach. Busy with all sorts of sports in the summer, it’s a quieter place at this time of year. Pop into the new Hubbox for a warming coffee.
These are great beaches to visit if you want to stay close to The Cornwall; and you can even cycle or walk to the coast via the Pentewan cycle trail.
Of course, there is only so much wind-in-the-hair bracingness a person can take. Keep close to the coast, but visit it in one of its more domesticated settings, nearby Mevagissey. This gorgeous harbour town has a wealth of cafes, pubs and shops to shelter in, and you can appreciate the winter coast from a cosier aspect.
Here at The Cornwall
If you’re fancying a winter break to enjoy the coast at its most dramatic, try one of our self-catering Woodland Homes and the freedom they give you to really explore Cornwall.
Designed for the independent and outdoorsy visitor, there’s plenty of wet-weather gear hanging space and a place to park cycles. Inside, there is luxurious comfort to warm you up after your “stank” (Cornish for brisk walk) across the sand. Until March 24, you can stay for four nights and pay for only three – plenty of time to rack up the miles on your Fitbit.
Quick shower, then another walk, this time a short one across the grounds, to The Parkland Terrace and its welcoming fire. A well-earned drink after all that fresh air. Perfect.
We’d just add – if you’re planning on exploring the coast this winter, stay safe, and always check the weather and tide before heading off. Henry, Imogen et al have given us some really dramatic weather recently; and incredible as wave watching can be, it’s best not to get too close to them…