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Booby's Bay
Situated at the north of Constantine Bay and separated from it by a small headland point, this beautiful beach boasts fantastic scenery with Trevose Head to the north. With fine golden sand and many small rock pools, it is a beach worth stopping to explore. The coastal path winds its way up to Trevose lighthouse and beyond provide fantastic views of coast to the north and the south. Booby's BayThe beach is completely covered at high tide. Please ensure you are aware of the movement of the tide when visiting this beach.

Amenities: None near by. Parking is at Constantine, so very limited.
Dogs: Booby's bay is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing Info: The beach provides defined peaks at low to mid tides. There is a right hander off the rocks to the north of the bay and also a peak in the middle providing lefts and rights. The waves can be fast and sucky, providing fun to testing waves, depending on swell size.
Suitable for: Intermediate to experience surfers. Dangers: Rips, rocks and crowds in the summer. Submerged shipwreck. Tides: Surfable at low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.

Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007.

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Constantine Bay
The beach at Constantine Bay is defined by the low headlands and rocky islands that head out to sea and is backed by large dunes which have been planted with marram grass to help stabilize them. Amenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Constantine stores, surf shop at the top of the road down to Constantine, NCDC toilets (Disabled), very limited parking (30 spaces), more parking 1/2 mile up the road.

Constantine Bay Dogs: Constantine Bay is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing Info: Constantine is a very popular surf spot producing top quality waves in the North Cornwall area. It has a reef at the southern end of the bay that works through the tide, depending on swell size, that produces lefts running into the bay however, the wave can be fickle depending on swell direction. In the middle of the bay at high tide is a good peak producing rights and lefts with fast and sucky waves. There is also a point at the north end of the bay that produces good waves from mid to high tide.
Suitable for: Experienced surfers only Dangers: Rocks, dangerous rips, crowds, beach shelves quickly at high tide. Tides: Surfable all tides. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007.

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Crackington Haven
A long descent into Crackington Haven leads to a small yet popular beach encased on either side by steep dark cliffs.
Due to its popularity in the summer and the small size of the village, the beach can become quite congested with surfers and bathers alike. However, there are walks along the coastal path that will take you away from the sand and surf. The coastal path to the south of the bay leads over National Trust land to High Cliff which provides an excellent vantage point giving magnificent views for miles around, all the way to Boscastle.

Amenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Car park opposite beach, pub, toilets, shop and café. Also camp site close by.

Dogs: Crackington is a dog free beach from Easter Day to October 1st.
Surfing Info: Usually smaller (2ft) than Widemouth, so good on big days. Rights and lefts peeling into the rip. Waves can be steep at low tide (closeout) or spilling at mid tide, breaking on reef or sand.
Suitable for: Beginners through to experienced surfers.Dangers: Rocks left and right, experienced surfers can use river to enter water.Tides: Surfable at Mid tide only. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from July 7th till September 2nd 2007.

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Crooklets
The small bay at Crooklets is due north of Summerleaze and adjoins it at low tide. The bay is formed by the rocks of Wrangle Point to the north and outcrops of rocks to the south. Due to the small size of the beach it does tend to become quite congested in the summer. The coastal path around Crooklets provides marvelous views over to Efford Down, Millook and the Cornish north coast.

Crooklets BeachAmenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Close to cafes and shops. Has NCDC car park and toilets (Disabled). Skate Park in beach car park. Beach Huts available for hire.

Dogs: Crooklets is a dog free beach from Easter Day to October 1st.
Surfing Info: Picks up a little more swell than Widemouth. Lefts and rights, which are steep from low to high tide. Also, left-hander from steps, "Barrel Rock".
Suitable for: Beginners through to experienced surfers. Dangers: Rocks and rips at certain stages of the tide. Crowded in the busy season. Tides: Surfable at all tides. Wind: E/SE offshore
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007.

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Harlyn Bay
On the eastern side of Trevose Head sits Harlyn Bay. The two thirds of a mile of sand and pebbles are backed by the dunes which are themselves surrounded by the cliffs towards Cataclews Point. These cliffs form Big Guns Cove. The south east corner of Harlyn village provides the access to the beach next to a stream that flows on to the beach. The remains of an old iron age cemetery were discovered behind the beach below the sand. The cliffs at Trevose Head give superb views towards Pentire Head and Newquay.

Harlyn BayAmenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Car Park, Toilets, Cafe, Shop, winner of Tidy Britain Group Award, pub across the road from the beach.

Dogs: Harlyn Bay is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing Info: 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 end 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: Crowds, hollow waves breaking into shallow water, rocks, rips at high tide. Tides: Surfable at all tides. Wind: S/SW offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 1st till September 30th 2007 and over the Easter weekend 6th - 9th April 2007.

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Polzeath
Polzeath (Hayle Bay) can be found at the mouth of the Camel Estuary. The beach is well used by surfers and bathers and is regularly cleaned. A notice board describes the area as well as giving details of water quality. National Trust land adjacent to the beach provide footpaths leading to Pentire Point giving superb views from the Rump headlands.

Polzeath 'Polzeath... the thumping heart of cool Cornwall' - Sunday Times.

Amenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Blue Flag Award, Tidy Britain Group Award, Cafe, NCDC Toilets (Disabled), Shop, Polzeath Voluntary Marine Wildlife Reserve, Surf School and Hire, NCDC car park on beach, other car parks are situated at Tristram, Anne's Cottage Surf shop and New Polzeath, behind the Atlantic Hotel.
Dogs: Polzeath is a Dog Free Beach from Easter Day to October 1st.
Surfing Info: Three distinct peaks (rights and lefts). Also left at mid tide on the left handside of the beach, off the rocks.
Suitable for: Beginners through to experienced surfers.Dangers: Rocks to the left and right of the bay at varying stages of the tide, overcrowding on busy days and exhausting paddle on big days. Rip on the right hand side of the beach at low tide. Dangerous access into the water via New Polzeath after mid-tide. Also avoid steps access at this tide.Tides: Surfable at all tides, better at Low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach over the Easter weekend 6th - 9th April 2007 and from May 1st till September 30th 2007.

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Porthcothan
Porthcothan is situated at the southern end of the North Cornwall District. It is a rural beach and has beautiful golden sand surrounded by sand dunes, which are managed by a local trust that seeks to protect the local flora and fauna. There are also many rock pools dotted close to the cliffs, positioned either side of the beach. The access to the beach is from the main road and car park or from the South West Coast Path which follows the cliff tops.

Porthcothan BayAmenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006.Encams Seaside Award 2006.NCDC car park and toilets opposite beach entrance. Shop nearby.

Dogs: Porthcothan is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing: Porthcothan is quiet surf spot and normally not associated with decent consistent surf. Will work from low to mid tide and breaks on sand banks producing lefts and rights.
Suitable for: Beginners Dangers: Rocks, occasional bad rips on spring tides Tides: Surfable at low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007

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Summerleaze
The beach is surrounded by dunes on one side and the canal on the other. The sand dunes are undergoing restoration at present and have been planted with marram grass to increase stability. Situated in the Crescent car park is the Bude Visitor Centre where the Heritage Coast Service has an information section on the area and its wildlife.

'Summerleaze beach at Bude... it's bliss' - The Guardian.

Amenities: Near town centre, also NCDC car park and toilets (Disabled), shops and café near by. Encams Seaside Award 2006.
Dogs: Summerleaze is a dog friendly beach, however dogs must be kept on leads between 10am and 6pm from the 21st May till end of September. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing Info: Good when everywhere else is maxed out. Right handers at mid tide also lefts at low tide.Suitable for: Beginners through to experienced surfers. Dangers: North of beach rocky, also sea pool hidden at high tide, with rocks in the pool. Strong rip (river) and also crowded in the busy season. Lots of bouncing, cross waves.Tides: Surfable at all tides. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach over the Easter weekend, 6th - 9th April 2007 and from May 1st till September 30th 2007.

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Trebarwith Strand
The beach at Trebarwith is at the bottom of a deep valley with many attractive views along the Heritage Coastline towards Gull Rock. Rocks must be negotiated before you reach the rocky sands of the beach. The beach is completely covered at high tide. Please ensure you are aware of the tide movement when visiting the beach.

Amenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. NCDC car park, back up the road towards Trebarwith, toilets (Disabled), pub on the cliffs (fantastic view of the surf) and various gift shops.

Dogs: Trebarwith is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing Info: Rights and lefts - lots of cross waves make it a peaky wave to surf, with predominately close out, fast and barrelling waves. Peak on the left of the beach, Pub side at midish tide. Suitable for: Intermediate and experienced surfers only. Dangers: Access problems at mid tide through rocky gully. Lots of rocks at the Northern end of the beach. Tides: Surfable at Low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007.

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Trevone Bay
Trevone is a small village with a lovely beach surround by high cliffs on one side and big rocky ledges and outcrops on the other. The beach has golden sand and little alcoves to sit and watch away the day. The cliffs to the north east of the beach provide fantastic walks and views to Hawkers Cove, Camel estuary and beyond. The cliff has a large blowhole as well, which appears on top of the cliff, so beware of getting too close to the edge if you're not good with heights!

Trevone BayAmenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Shops, Pub, café, toilets (disabled), car park and post office in the village.

Dogs: Trevone is a dog free beach from Easter Day to October 1st.
Surfing Info: The small cove produces good waves from low to mid tide. Right handers from the rocks on the right and a peak in the middle that has mainly rights and shorter lefts. It also has lefts off the left-hand side of the bay.
Suitable for: Intermediate and experienced surfers. Dangers: Extremely powerful rip on the right of the beach. Tides: Surfable low to mid tide. Wind: SE/E offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007.

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Treyarnon Bay
Treyarnon boasts one of the most unspoilt beaches in North Cornwall. Its sandy bay lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty next to Constantine Bay. It also boasts one of the cleanest beaches. The coastal path provides some of the most spectacular views in North Cornwall. Note: This coastal path can become narrow in places.

Treyarnon Bay Amenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. Toilets (disabled), café, Hotel, NCDC car park, winner of Tidy Britain Group Award, Youth Hostel.

Dogs: Treyarnon bay is a dog friendly beach. Please keep your dog under control and clean up mess immediately.
Surfing Info: This surf spot is popular from mid to high tide, with rights and lefts into the middle of the beach. Popular in the summer months with tourists.
Suitable for: Intermediates Dangers: Rocks, rips at low tide and along rocks Tides info: Surfable at mid to high tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach from May 19th till September 23rd 2007 and during the Easter weekend 6th till 9th April 2007.

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Widemouth Bay
In comparison to many beaches in North Cornwall, the beach at Widemouth Bay consists of a mile of flat sand backed by low cliffs and grassy fields The beach is rocky in places providing many rock pools harbouring marine wildlife. Widemouth bay is popular with surfers and its coastal paths provide excellent views towards Millook and the coast north of Bude.

Amenities: Recommended in Marine Conservation Authority Good Beach Guide 2006. Encams Seaside Award 2006. NCDC car parks and toilets (Disabled), various cafes and shops. Tidy Britain Group Award.

Dogs: Widemouth Bay (North Beach only) is a dog free beach from Easter Day to October 1st.
Surfing Info: Has a variety peaks from the north to the south end of the beach, breaking on sand or reef, producing spilling or heavy barrelling waves.
Suitable for: Beginners to experienced surfers. Dangers: High tide rocks in the middle of the beach and at Black rock. Rips also near there. Crowded in the busy season. Tides: Surfable at Mid to high tide. Wind: E/SE offshore
Lifeguard Info: Lifeguards will be patrolling this beach over the Easter weekend 6th - 9th April 2007 and from May 1st till September 30th 2007.

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