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Holywell Bay

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Holywell Bay, Cornwall, TR8 5PP

Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay

If you're looking for a family-friendly beach with an unspoilt, rural backdrop, then Holywell Bay Beach is the perfect spot for you. At first glance, you may be deceived by the sand dunes, which obscure the main beach as you approach. However, upon scaling or walking around these dunes, the expanse of golden sand stretching almost a mile to the north-east becomes apparent.

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Located close  to Newquay, Holywell Bay is a popular beach destination. While it does get busy in the summer, it still retains a relaxed family-friendly feel. With sand dunes to explore, rock pools and a small stream meandering down the beach, there's plenty to keep the family entertained.

This beautiful beach is famous for its multiple appearances in the hit TV series Poldark

One of Holywell Bay's most distinctive features are the twin rocks just off the coast, known as Gull Rocks or Carter's Rocks. These two huge rocks add to the breathtaking scenery and make for a great photo opportunity.

The beach is named after a holy well, and it is believed that this refers to a cave at the northern end of the beach. Only accessible at low tide (so caution required, to check tide times and not enter the cave when the tide is coming in), the cave contains an unusual rock formation that creates a series of basins, making it a unique and intriguing feature to explore.


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For those looking to explore further afield, Porth Joke Beach is 3km to the east, and Perran Sands Beach is 5km to the west, both of which are also very popular beach destinations, with golden sands and beautiful scenery to enjoy.

Overall, Holywell Bay Beach is a must-visit beach destination. With a scenic environment and many facilities it's easy to see why it's such a popular destination.

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Perranporth Weather
North Cornwall Coast
9:20 am, May 25, 2024
temperature icon 15°C
broken clouds
Humidity 67 %
Pressure 1016 mb
Wind 16 mph
Wind Gust: 0 mph
Visibility: 0 km
Sunrise: 5:20 am
Sunset: 9:14 pm

Nearby Beaches

Distances shown are for those walking the South West Coast Path

Crantock Beach (4.5km east)

Porth Joke Beach (3km east)

Perran Sands Beach (5km west)

Perranporth Beach (7km west)

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