My Favorite Places in North Cornwall, Sandymouth Beach and Coast Path
My favourite place in all the world is the beautiful coastline of North Cornwall. Ruggedly beautiful with the most amazing rock formations on the cliffs, fantastic sandy beaches where you can still have the whole place to yourself and amazing wildlife, seals, sea birds and rock pools to explore.
I have written this hub to share with you some of my favourite places and the joy of being alive that just being there brings to me. I hope you will enjoy my pictures and my little guided tour of my favourites.
Sandymouth is an amazing place. Descending the steep little lane to the beach, you get no idea of what will open out in front of you once you have parked in the National Trust car park at the foot of it. From there, another footpath takes you down onto the beach. You need to check the tides carefully at high tide, there is no beach at all, just some very large pebbles at the bottom of the footpath!
At low tide, you can walk all the way back to the Crooklets beach at Bude in one direction and almost to Duckpool in the other.
There are Lifeguard patrols all the summer with a patrolled area between the flags for swimming and surfing. In practice, the sea is too rough for little ones but there are amazing rock pools for them to play and paddle in. Because Sandymouth is a National Trust beach, you can take your dogs on the beach all the year round and there is a beach cafe near the car park and toilets too, very civilised! If you get chance to have a cuppa at the cafe, go up into the garden overlooking the beach, such a beautiful place to sit and just take in the ambiance of the place.
The video below, starts in the car park and takes the walk down to the beach, I hope you enjoy looking around!
Sandymouth is a place we first discovered in 2008. At that time, a lot of the rocks in stripes from cliffs down towards the sea were exposed. In 2010, they are mostly covered with sand. That is the nature of the place, always changing. The same applies to both Duckpool and Northcott Mouth the beaches on either side - sometimes there is a lot more sand than at other times, you just never know what you are going to find.
If you feel like a walk when you visit Sandymouth, go up over the cliff path to the south west and you will come to Northcott Mouth, another National Trust beach, but wilder. It is quite a short and easy walk up over the coastal path with amazing views and plenty of places to stop for a picnic. Northcott can also be reached by car but the car park is small so it is more difficult to park there in the summer season.
If you want a walk in the other direction, you can walk the mile or so to Duckpool, also National Trust and a really magical place. As you go through the gate from the path by the cafe at Sandymouth, you find yourself in what looks like a meadow on top of the cliff, walk along to the stream that feeds the waterfall. You will find a secluded hollow where my husband and I have had many peaceful picnics and watched hundreds of toads mating and spawning in the deep pool there at the end of April, beginning of may! Duckpool is another place that is easy to drive to but the car park is quite small. If your mobility is not good and you can get into the car park, you can park with the most beautiful view of the sea and just watch the waves. There are toilets and also an enterprising ice cream man who comes throughout the summer and also sells teas and coffees.
The next video shows a circular walk from Duckpool and starts off looking down towards the Duckpool car park and then walking up the cliff path, away from Duckpool, in the opposite direction from Sandymouth. The Satellite dish station is GCHQ and this is near to Morwenstow which is a place that I have written another hub on - Undiscovered Cornwall, Reverend Hawker, Morwenstow
My Favorite Photos of Sandymouth and Duckpool
Sandymouth, my favourite beach in North Cornwall
Morwenstow is further up the coast from Duckpool and is the subject of another Hub. Duckpool is not found in the search on this map.
If you draw a straight line to the sea from Kilkhampton you will be at about the right spot for Duckpool!
Northcott Mouth, another National Trust beach, wild and wonderful.
Tamar Lake, another of my favourite places and will be the subject of a future hub
Visiting North Cornwall
Useful information about Hotels in North Cornwall, Guest Houses in North Cornwall and Restaurants in North Cornwall can all be found at the Bude Tourist Information Office.
This is also a good place to start if you are looking for caravan sites or camping sites in North Cornwall.
If you would like to stay at the same little caravan and camping site that we do, you could check out the little web site that I am building for Tamar Lake Farm near Kilkhampton which is a great choice if you are looking for campsites in Cornwall near beach as it is within easy reach of Sandymouth, Duckpool and Northcott as well as the town of Bude which has lovely beaches.
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