Visitors on the beach at Trebarwith Strand, North Cornwall ©National Trust Images Jon Gerrish
Beach with Cafe
Beginner surfers please take note, Trebarwith Strand is not a place for you, only experienced ones. However, it is a glorious spot around two miles from Tintagel, and not far from Port Isaac, approached via a long, steep-sided valley and the village of Treknow.
Lifeguarded during the summer, and dog friendly all year round, the must-visit beach at Trebarwith is popular, partly because the tide comes right in and covers the sand leaving plenty of large flattish rocks to walk on in a unique landscape, a little similar in that sense to Boscastle. In a difficult terrain, it is one of the few accessible beaches around this area of coast. Steep cliffs lead to nearly a mile of golden sands at low tide. It is one of those where the tide times definitely need checking. When the sea is at its waviest, you also need to be careful standing on the rocks, but on a summery day at low tide, it is a unique spot with natural caves to explore (some quite deep, and some say, eerie) and rock pools to play in.
Just off the beach, perched in the bay, is Gull Rock, home to many local sea birds, a part of the seascape. Competent swimmers often swim out to it in calm seas, but the sea here has quite a swell, so please only swim under guidance from the local lifeguards.
This lovely family beach has, but it not overwhelmed by, facilities such as a pub, cafes and toilets. The beach has been used in films, a testimony to its scenic beauty: Saving Grace (2000), Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and a production of Twelfth Night (1996).
There is a small car park close to the beach and some on road parking, but the main car park is up the valley with 130 spaces.