Beaches to enjoy

North Cornwall has a beach for everyone, expanses of family friendly sand and rock pools, secret deserted coves, the thrill of the surf or romantic and dramatic cliffs and rocks. Take your pick! Visit to enjoy many more. To make the most of visiting local beaches, you can check the high and low tide times at
Gilbert Lodge -Bossiney Bay

Bossiney Bay

Just a short stroll from Gilbert Lodge, you will find the picturesque Bossiney Bay, which joins up with neighbouring Benoath cove and has an expanse of golden sand at low tide, with a waterfall behind and views along the coast. The cliff steps down to the beach are quite steep so are not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs but it is well worth the walk down (and climb back up!) to explore or enjoy a picnic - see who can spot "elephant rock" first!

Gilbert Lodge - Tintagel


Located at the bottom of the valley and in the shadow of Tintagel Castle is Tintagel Haven accessible via a scrabble down the cliff path. To the north of the beach is a waterfall from the stream running down the valley. To the south is Merlin's Cave, a 300ft long tunnel passing under Tintagel island and castle. The cave is only accessible at low tide and the beach itself disappears at high tide.

Gilbert Lodge - Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand

A glorious sandy beach just a couple of miles walk along the south coast path which is completely covered at high tide. Golden sands stretch for a mile at low tide exposing fascinating rock formations and pools. The large Gull rock visible from the coast path and beach sits just off shore. It is popular for surfing and has a few beach shops, cafes and the Port William pub and restaurant has a fantastic view overlooking the beach from the clifftop.

Gilbert Lodge - Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven has a gently shelving beach in an enclosed bay. The upper parts of the beach is mainly pebbles, with rock pools along the western fringe. There are a few beach shops and a cafe. Good car parking makes this an excellent base for walking.

Gilbert Lodge - Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay & Bude

Widemouth has a large sandy beach that has fabulous rock formations as the tide goes out. Surfing schools also operate at widemouth as the waves are relatively easy to ride.

Bude is a great family orientated sandy beach with rock pools on either side just waiting to be explored and is another popular surfing location. It also has a wonderful seawater swimming pool, created in the 1930's and enclosed in the natural rock.

Gilbert Lodge - Polzeath Beach

Padstow & Polzeath

Accessible by the coast path located to the north of Padstow centre is an expansive stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove  with great views across the estuary.

For surfers, Polzeath is situated at the mouth of the Camel Estuary, with a large expanse of sand and excellent surfing making it one of the finest surfing beaches in the U.K.

Secret coves & hidden beaches

At Gilbert Holiday Lodge, part of the fun is discovering stunning  deserted secret coves and hidden beaches. Here are a few secret gems near Gilbert holiday lodge worth finding.