North Cornwall Coast
Whether you live in Cornwall or you are on holiday, the South West Coat Path offers 630 miles of beautiful walks.
There are endless options, from challenging hikes to casual strolls, walks leading to fantastic pubs or to dog friendly beaches, the South West Coast Path has it covered! In this series of blogs, we explore a few of our favourite walks.
With sand dunes aplenty and stunning panoramic views, this walk is a real delight. Dogs are allowed on the beaches at Rock and Daymer, so it’s a perfect outing with your four legged friend.
If you are starting the walk at high tide, head to the end of the car park in Rock and turn right following signs for the coast path and continue following these signs until you reach Daymer Bay.
At low tide you can start the walk on the beach in Rock, turning right and walking along a one mile stretch of fine golden sand and clear calm water which will leave you wondering whether you have been transported to the Caribbean. With such a long stretch of sandy beach, you are sure to find quiet spots along the way to sit, take a breather and enjoy the view.
The walk along with the beach will eventually bring you to the sheltered beach at Daymer Bay surrounded by sand dunes. A perfect spot for a quick swim before continuing on your walk.
For glorious views, climb the grassy mound known as Brea Hill on the south side of the beach, a Bronze Age burial site. At the foot of the hill is the picturesque St Enedoc Church where Sir John Betjeman is buried. If you have time, take a short detour and visit this charming Grade I Listed church hidden in the sand dunes.
To continue the walk, join the coast path at Daymer Bay to the left of the car park.
Keep walking until you reach a wooden signpost pointing ‘To The Beach’. If you fancy another detour, follow this sign which will lead you down to Greenway Beach, a small sheltered beach which remains relatively quiet even in summer months. And it is dog friendly all year round!
Back to the route – continue along the coast path enjoying the sweeping panoramic views until you reach Polzeath Beach, a surfer’s paradise.
If you have built up an appetite on your walk, you are in for a treat as there is so much to choose from in Polzeath, from beach side cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants. Or why not sit on the beach and enjoy the sunset.