Wednesday, February 22, 2012
North Cornwall is a surfer’s paradise, offering excellent conditions all year round. Whether you’re a veteran wave-rider or a keen novice, there’s a whole host of surf spots up and down the North Coast. We take a look at the top five just a hop, skip and a jump away from Port Isaac:-
Ten minutes drive from the Beach House is Polzeath, a time-honoured favourite amongst beginners and old hands alike. Hire a wetsuit and grab a lesson or two from the surf school, or (if you already know what you’re doing) head out into the west-facing beach break (particularly good with a south-easterly wind). If you’ve got the little ones with you, this is a great place to introduce them to the fun and frolics of body-boarding. Afterwards there’s a large stretch of sand relax on, with rock pools, crazy golf, cafes and other amenities to keep you entertained.
Undoubtedly the UK’s surfing capital, Newquay has an international reputation as a top surf spot. There is a wealth of beaches to choose from, all of which face in different directions, meaning the surf’s up no matter what the weather. Highlights include the world-famous Fistral Beach, as well as Watergate Bay, Newquay Bay and Mawgan Porth.
- Trebarwith Strand
A fifteen minute drive north will take you to the stunning beach at Trebarwith Strand. With strong winds coming straight off the Atlantic, this is a favourite with locals looking for big swells. Beginners are also catered for, as there is a great surf school here ready to show you the ropes. What’s more, the beach has been awarded a Blue Flag Award for cleanliness and bathing water quality. However, take note: Trebarwith Strand is not easily accessible, so you will have to carry your board down the coastal path to the beach.
- Harlyn Bay
Three miles west of Padstow is Harlyn Bay, one of the top five family beaches in the UK. But what makes it so special for surfers is that it faces north. This means that when there is a south-westerly wind, the surf in other spots will be ruined – except in Harlyn Bay. The surf school here also offers you the opportunity to try your hand a paddle boarding, kayaking and coasteering.
Some 25 miles up the coast is Bude, another main surfing centre. Like Newquay, there are a number of beaches in the area, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice. Widemouth Bay is a favourite amongst beginners, while the experts are treated to a range of locations, including Northcott Mouth and Crooklets.
And of course that isn’t the whole list! There are so many other great surf spots to choose from, with Hayle Beach and Lundy Bay to name but a few. We simply couldn’t name them all!