Cornwall Beach Guide

Harlyn Bay Beach

North Cornwall.
Harlyn Bay on the North Cornwall coast is a super beach with a huge expanse of sand at low tide and is popular with families and surfers. At low tide the sand extends to Onjohn Cove at the west of the bay. Harlyn Bay is a good starting point for some excellent coast path walking west to Mother Iveys Bay and Trevose Head.
Note, there are reports of hidden cameras at the car park, monitoring arrival and departure times. Charges apply from the moment you enter the car park until you leave so you must buy a ticket that covers the entire duration of your stay. Even if you park for a few minutes to enjoy the view, you must still buy a ticket. Ensure you keep tickets for six months so you can challenge a fine.
Signs warn of strong undercurrents, large breaking waves, submerged objects and risk of cliff falls from unstable cliffs. Also do not use inflatables. Do not enter water of east side of the beach. Lifeguards in summer at Harlyn Bay. See Beach Safety Guide.
The car park is right by the beach, but there is a ridge of sand by the car park making disabled access to the beach difficult. Alternatively a short distance from the car park along the road there is a slipway allowing wheel chair access. Onjohn Cove can be accessed on the beach at low tide and from the coast path at high tide. Note that the steps to the coast path at Harlyn Bay are inaccessible at high tide.
Dogs allowed all year at Harlyn Bay.
Harlyn Bay is approximately 10 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 west from Wadebridge or the A39 from the Highgate Hill roundabout (on the A30 near Indian Queens). If travelling from the Wadebridge direction, about 3 miles west of Wadebridge turn right onto the A389 (signposted to Padstow). Continue on the A389 and about a mile after Little Petherick at a junction turn right to continue on the A389 to Padstow. If travelling from the A30, turn north onto the A39 at the Highgate Hill roundabout and continue north on the A39 until the Winnards Perch roundabout and here turn left onto the B3274 (signposted to Padstow). Continue on this road which becomes the A389 and continue on this road to Padstow. Approaching Padstow turn left onto the B3276 (signposted to Harlyn Bay and Trevone). Continue on the B3276 for several miles until a right turning to Harlyn Bay. Follow this road down to Harlyn Bay.
Post Code:
PL28 8PD.
1 car park right by the beach at Harlyn Bay. There is also 1 large field car park opposite the Harlyn Bay Beach car park.
Yes, by the Harlyn Bay field car park.
Shop, Pub.
Surfing at Harlyn Bay.
Nearby Alternative Beaches:
Treyarnon Bay (2 miles, sandy beach, surfing, dog friendly, disabled access)
Constantine Bay (1 mile, sandy beach, surfing, dog friendly, disabled access)
Boobys Bay (1 mile, sandy beach, surfing, dog friendly)
Mother Iveys Bay (less than 1 mile on coast path, sandy beach)
Trevone Bay (1 mile, sandy beach, surfing, disabled access)
harlyn large map