HARLYN BAY - PADSTOW - CORNWALL
OS. Reference : SW87707550
Situated on the eastern side of Trevose Head. The cliffs at Trevose Head give superb views towards Pentire Head and Newquay across the sea.
Two thirds of a mile of fine sand and pebbles are backed by the dunes which are themselves surrounded by cliffs towards Cataclews Point. These cliffs form Big Guns Cove.
The south-east corner of Harlyn village provides the main access to the beach, next to a stream which flows to the sea - guests of Yellow Sands have use of a pathway through the garden, which leads down the dunes to the centre of the bay.
The remains of an old Iron age cemetery were discovered behind the beach below the sand - including gold ingots, now on view at Truro Museum. An inshore lifeboat is based at Harlyn, with a lifeguard service provided through the season. The beach is cleaned regularly, there is a beach shop, cafe and pub adjacent to the beach - The Kelly's Cornish ice cream van frequents the bathers during the summer months (Mmmmm!)
Surfing Information - When the swell is big on the west facing beaches and the wind is from a southwest direction, Harlyn will be the best wave around. The horseshoe shaped bay produces waves from low through to high providing rights off a rock at the east of the beach - fast and sucky waves with a ledgy take off, to a peak in the middle producing lefts and rights which are hollow and fast. Suitable for: All levels.Dangers: other users, hollow waves breaking into shallow water, rocks, rips at high tide.
Tides: Surfable at all tides
Wind: S/SW offshore
There are surfing lessons available at Harlyn - contact Chris Rea www.harlyn surfschool.co.uk
The hire of wetsuits and boards are available at the beach shop or at the local village of St. Merryn.
There are many fine walks on the coastal path, including specially designed circular walks - details of which are available from the Padstow Tourist Information Office