Beaches to enjoy
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beach, owned by the National Trust, is near the hamlet of Treligga,
about 2 miles from Delabole. There is no beach at high tide but at low
water the beach stretches for almost half a mile. You will have to earn
your discovery of it's remote beauty with a descent involving a long
clamber down wooden steps carved into the cliff.
Hawker's Cove lies
about a mile and a half north of Padstow and can be found by walking
past the war memorial and following the coast path north towards Stepper
Point. The beach of golden sand looks across to Daymer Bay and Pentire
Point. The original lifeboat house dated back to the 1820s when it
housed the original Padstow
lifeboat. There is also a small tea garden near the Coastguard
Lundy Hole is hidden
midway between Polzeath to the west and Port Isaac to the east. There
is a Lundy Bay National Trust car park across the road from the path
that after about a mile or so takes you past Lundy hole rock arch and
through a serene valley situated behind the beach that is awash with
flowers in the spring. At low tide the beach offers rock pools to
explore and caves for the more adventurous.