Daymer Bay Beach

This splendid beach offers a long stretch of golden sand at low tide, backed by suntrap dunes and scenic views across the Camel Estuary.

There is parking, via narrow roads. The car park also has grassy picnic areas. You will find a few rockpools along the northern edge, close to the car park. The remains of a 4,400 year old ancient forest were recently discovered on Daymer beach, but you can only see it at very low tides.

Alternatively, you may prefer to walk to it from Rock or Polzeath.

As it is slightly off the beaten track, Daymer Bay Beach has a more secluded feel to it than many local beaches. Its gently sloping shores, shallow (therefore, warmer) waters and gentle waves make it fun for bucket and spade visits, family paddling and swimming, while the dunes also offer some protection from the wind. Peaceful, it is a sunbathing paradise with safe bathing waters.

For the energetic, it also attracts windsurfers and kite surfers.

At its southern end, you can climb Brea (pronounced Bray) Hill for a spectacular view of the Camel estuary and its infamous Doom Bar, a permanent sandbar at the mouth of the estuary, causing many a shipwreck. Perhaps try a glass of Cornish Doombar beer while in the area.

You will also see St Enodoc Church (Sinking Neddy), which was once buried in sand; it is the final resting place of the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, so well worth a visit while here.

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