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Harlyn Bay Beach

Padstow, Cornwall

On the Eastern side of Trevose Head sits Harlyn Bay. The two thirds of a mile of sand and pebbles are backed by the dunes which are themselves surrounded by the cliffs towards Cataclews Point. These cliffs form Big Guns Cove.

Beach Type



A shop
Cafe and pub adjacent to the beach
There are toilets with disabled facilities within half km of the beach


Swimming and surfing - board hire is available at the beach

Nature and Wildlife

There are many fine walks on the coastal path. including specially designed circular walks. Details are available from the Tourist Information Centre. The cliffs at Trevose Head give superb views towards Pentire Head and Newquay across the sea.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned regularly.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Padstow Tourist Information Centre The Red Brick Building North Quay Padstow PL28 8AF Tel:01841 533449 Fax:01841 532356 email:


Nearest town: Padstow
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5401, -4.99655
Postcode: PL28 8SB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Padstow, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


On the Padstow to Newquay road. turn right at the signpost for Harlyn. just before St Merryn village. There is easy access to the beach.

Public Transport

Bus route 556

Nearest Railway Stations

Newquay (Approx. 10 miles away)
Quintrell Downs (Approx. 10 miles away)
St Columb Road (Approx. 10 miles away)
Roche (Approx. 11 miles away)
Bugle (Approx. 13 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is a large pay car park by the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Harlyn Bridge, Harlyn (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Trevone Road, Trevone (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Constantine Bay, Padstow (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Treyarnon Bay, Treyarnon (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Trevose Head, Harlyn (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Link Road, Padstow (Long stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Porthcothan Beach, Porthcothan (Long stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Lawn, Padstow (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
South Quay, Padstow (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Railway, Padstow (Unknown stay).
About 2.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Padstow