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Top 5 Lesser-Known North Cornwall and Devon Beaches

If you come and stay at Woodview, you’re in a prime position to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the North Cornwall and Devon coastline. There are sandy beaches and small coves nestled all the way along the coast, and some are less well known than others. Here we list the 5 that we like to go to for a beach day away from the crowds.

Crackington Haven Beach

We’ll start down South and work our way up.


1. Port Gaverne – 32 Miles (50 minutes)

Port Gaverne, Cornwall

So I’m sure most of you will have heard of Port Isaac, home of Doc Martin and also the Fishermen’s Friends? Since gaining it’s fame Port Isaac has become very busy, especially in peak holiday seasons, but just round the corner is a smaller (and in my eyes even more beautiful) little port, Port Gaverne. At low tide it has a small sandy beach and there is a hotel restaurant and café for refreshments. The beauty is, there really isn’t much else. It’s a proper old Cornish fishing port.



2. Trebarwith Strand – 28 Miles (45 minutes)

Trebarwith Strand Sunset, Cornwall

This lifeguarded beach feels as if it’s hewn from the great cliffs either side which form a narrow valley. The great rock slabs provide perfect sunbathing ledges, from which you can reach the long sandy shore. In the bay is a large rock formation giving the spectacular sea view added interest. Surfers will love the waves at this beach and the rock pools provide fun for all the family. As the day draws to a close why not sit outside The Port William pub and enjoy a cold drink and warm food as the sun goes down.


3. Crackington Haven – 18 Miles (33 minutes)

Crackington Haven Beach, Cornwall

One of Cornwall’s hidden gems, Crackington Haven is a truly picturesque Cornish village. The beach is a mix of sand and rocks, meaning sandcastle building and rock pooling are both on the agenda. The Cabin Café provides the perfect pasty lunch to eat on the beach and The Coombe Barton Inn has glorious views of the beach and seascape.




4. Northcott Mouth – 9 Miles (23 minutes)

Northcott Mouth Beach, Devon

Northcott Mouth is the next bay North of Bude. At high tide it is mainly stones and rocks, but low tide reveals beautiful glistening sands. Being less well known it is much quieter than the main Bude beaches and can provide a more tranquil and relaxing beach day in the height of summer. Make sure to bring a picnic though as there aren’t any shops at this beach.



5. Welcombe Mouth Beach – 7 Miles (18 minutes)

Welcombe Mouth Beach, Devon

Welcombe Mouth takes us into Devon to a place of pure natural beauty. The drive down to the beach needs to be taken slowly, but it’s well worth it in our opinion. Once there you have wild and rugged cliffs encasing the bay, which is sandy at low tide. There is a lovely little river with stepping stones and a waterfall, and the views are breath taking. As with Northcott, there are no amenities so take what you need for the day with you and enjoy being away from the bustle.


We love living here all year round, and all our beaches have lots to offer and change with the seasons. Do let us know which beaches you like best in the comments and any advice you seasoned Woodviewers have for new visitors will be warmly welcomed.


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We hope to welcome you soon.

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