The coastline of Cornwall stretches for over 250 miles, offering golden sands, rugged cliffs, and azure waters that are simply breath-taking. From the exposed stretches of sand on the north coast, perfect for thrilling surfing adventures, to the serene havens of the south coast, ideal for peaceful relaxation, there’s a Cornish beach no matter what your preference. There is no doubt that the closest beaches to The Plume of Feathers are no exception! From the most stunning views to soft, white sand dunes.
Distance from The Plume: 8.3 miles
A serious candidate for the most beautiful beach in Cornwall, this beach is utterly unspoilt. Polly Joke has become famous in recent years for its incredible display of poppies each summer, offering awe-inspiring views of fields of red above turquoise waters. Find the little car park near this tucked-away spot, walk through the fields, and climb down to the Caribbean-like sands. Ideal for those who like to get off the beaten track and away from the crowds, you will also be able to make the most of the Southwest Coast Path by wandering along to nearby Holywell Beach (a great all-round trip if you want to discover the Holywell, hidden in one of the caves!).
Remember to bring your binoculars, are Polly Joke is a well know ‘seal spotting’ destination!
Distance from The Plume: 7.0 miles
Located on the north coast, Holywell is a picturesque destination with its stunning golden sand and grassy dunes, making it an ideal spot for a beach picnic or sunset-watching. You can take a stroll across the expansive sands with your furry friend or simply unwind and enjoy a good book while the kids have fun in the nearby stream or waves. One of the unique features of Holywell Beach is the intriguing Holywell Cave, which is worth exploring during low tide, known for its distinctive calcium deposits.
Or, if you’re in the mood for a tee-riffic time after your beach walk, Holywell Bay Golf, is just a stone’s throw away. Home to the region’s favourite, Pitch and Putt, take on the challenge of their ponds, streams and famous cliff-hanging 18th hole course in a relaxed and stunning setting.
Distance from The Plume: 8.4 miles
One of our favourite beach spots, Crantock is a beautiful beach made up of soft, white sand dunes – and that’s about it! If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, this National Trust beach is the ideal beach escape, with just a surf shop and a small coffee cart (summertime only) within the immediate vicinity. At lunch, paddle across the river (or get the little beach ferry) and head up the steps to the local Fern Pit Café for beautiful Gannel River views or walk across the Pentire Headland and enjoy lunch at our sister venue, Lewinnick Lodge.
Enjoying the views too much and don’t want to move? Cargo Coffee have your back, based on Crantock Beach, a unique cafe serving organic coffee, freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes.