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10 of the Best Beaches to Surf in Cornwall

Surfers on Fistral Beach, Newquay. - Image by member Janet Alexander-baldwin (view gallery)

Cornwall, in the South-West of England is a mecca for surfers with its fantastic windswept bays and sandy beaches that offer ideal conditions for the sport. Here we list, in no particular order, some of the best beaches to surf in Cornwall, England. If you'd like to add any information to this article, please do by visiting the Pictures of England forum, or leaving a comment below.

1. Fistral Beach, Newquay

Fistral beach - Image by member Joe Venencia (view gallery)

What a rare blessing Newquay has in its mile upon mile of sheltered, golden beaches that offer a safe haven for sun-worshippers and surfers alike. For these are the delights that each year cause Newquay to be thronged with thousands of visitors from all over the British Isles and beyond.

Like so many other famous Cornish resorts, this little town can trace its roots back to the Bronze Age and this is evidenced by the number of barrows found in the area. Newquay was, for many centuries,..[more]

2. Gwithian Beach

Gwithian beach, Cornwall - Image by member Tim Bateman (view gallery)

Gwithian has a beautiful white sandy beach with frothy Atlantic rollers which act as a magnet for surfers, for this is one of Cornwall's top surfing spots.

In medieval times this was a popular settlement area, more latterly mines were of importance, these have now gone or are preserved as museum pieces, the area is now largely dependant upon tourism for its livelihood.

The beach stretches for more than three miles, it runs from Porth Kidney Sands to Godrevy Point...[more]

3. Perranporth Beach

Perranporth, Cornwall - Image by member Ian Gedge (view gallery)

Originally, hundreds of years ago, in the Middle Ages, this enchanting sea-side resort was an industrious tin and copper mining village. Now-a-days, it is a place of pure pleasure that in the summer welcomes thousands of visitors from all over.

Perranporth has a spectacular golden sandy beach which stretches for about 3 miles along the coast, and at times is approximately half a mile wide. It offers a safe haven for sun-worshippers and is a delight for little children who happily..[more]

4. Polzeath Beach

Late sun at Polzeath, Cornwall - Image by member Dawn Walters (view gallery)

Westerly winds drift through the deep curve that is Hayle Bay to create ideal conditions for surfers. There is fine surfing from all along this stretch of coastal waters and excellent sun bathing on the warm, softly golden, sandy beach. The beach at Polzeath has a lifeguard on duty, and it remains one of the safest beaches for swimming in the region.

A receeding tide reveals an expanse of rocky pools on what is known as the Greenway which is but a short walk from Polzeath. There..[more]

5. Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach & the Tate Modern. Taken in September 2004 - Image by member Brian Salvin (view gallery)

6. Porthtowan Beach

September sunset, Porthtowan, Cornwall - Image by member Linda Kemp (view gallery)

7. Praa Sands

Praa sands - Image by member Dorothy Maat-davey (view gallery)

8. Sennen Cove

Beautiful beach at Sennen Cove, Cornwall - Image by member Hilary Hoad (view gallery)

Sennen Cove lies at the foot of steeply rising slopes to which old whitewashed cottages cling haphazardly around the hillside. At the foot, the attractive harbour is surrounded by thatched cottages and houses, once home to fishermen and their families. The cove looks directly across Whitesand Bay, where the dynamic rollers make the bay a famous rendezvous for surfers.

Just a stone's throw from the battered granite cliffs of Land's End, this is an area of amazing coastal scenery..[more]

9. Sandymouth, Bude

View over Sandymouth,Bude, Cornwall at Sunset - Image by member Russell Blythe (view gallery)

Backed in parts by grassy downs, the wide sandy sweep of Bude Bay with creamy waves flowing in endless procession from the Atlantic make this a perfect summer place for surfers. Set on the spectacular Cornish Heritage Coast with numerous coves and sandy beaches, the area offers one of the finest surfing destinations in England. Widemouth Sand, beneath Pehalt Cliff is a much used spot and for those who do not have their own, just as on most of Bude Bay, there are surfboards for hire.

10. Harlyn Bay, Near Padstow

A Glimpse of Harlyn - Image by member Kernowphile (view gallery)

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