Top beach spots not to miss on the north Cornwall coast

25th July 2019

Here at The Plume, we’re just a short drive from the world-famous north Cornwall coast – and with summer now officially on track, where better to spend it than the beach? If you’re staying with us, make the most of some of these incredible nearby locations…

Bedruthan Steps (above)

Arguably one of the most spectacular spots on the north coast, Bedruthan Steps is an experience that shouldn’t be missed! The beach is scattered with stacks and arches with plenty of caves to explore, making the view from the top truly unique compared to other areas of Cornwall. The walk is not for the faint-hearted, though – more than a hundred steep steps lead down to the main beach and a quick tide and strong currents mean visitors should remain vigilant if planning to spend the day on this stretch of sand.


Known as Cornwall’s surfing Mecca, Fistral is a stunning beach backed by high cliffs and sand dunes (as well as a rolling golf course, perfect for days spent out of the water). With the sand stretching across Fistral Bay, make the most of the buzz at north with bars and restaurants or head towards the south end of the beach for a more relaxed walk with the dog and explore the hidden rockpools, abundant in ocean treasures. The best part? It’s located just a short walk from our sister venue,  Lewinnick Lodge!

Polly Joke

Polly Joke has become famous in more 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, then 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 South West 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!).


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 (summer time 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.

Great Western

One of the main beaches located near Newquay’s town centre, Great Western is a beach popular with surfers and families alike. Sat between the Towan and Tolcarne beaches, it can be reached by walking across the sand at low tide or following a path down (located to the left of the Great Western Hotel). Enjoy the easy access to and from town and spend the day baking in this ultimate sun spot.