Hollywell Bay

Nr Newquay, Cornwall. TR8 5PF

Hands-up who is a Poldark fan? I love the books and whenever I watch the TV series it always makes me want to come straight back down to Cornwall and Hollywell Bay. You’ll see the iconic Gull Rock pop up quite often.

Considering it’s a beach Hollywell Bay has a lot of different areas to it:
As you come in there is the vast sand dunes – quite often you’ll see people sledging down them. There’s also the river that feeds into the sea -this is quite good for letting the kids play in as they can splash about without having to worry about the tides. The beach itself opens right up at low tide and, like many Cornish beaches, is breathtaking. 


Once the tide is out there are some huge caves which are begging to be explored. There are lots of rock pools to be investigated as well. Fancy learning to surf? There’s a surfing school based on the beach as well.

Because it’s the north coast and can be subject to strong tides there is a lifeguard presence at Hollywell Bay. 

Have a look at the video to see just part of the beach. You’ll have to forgive the quality, it wasn’t filmed for the website, I filmed it a while ago so I wasn’t thinking about displaying the beach in all it’s glory. Oh, and there’s the bracing Cornish wind on the audio. 

Entry – Free

Parking – NT car park, charge for non-members. It is a bit of a walk to the beach from here so maybe travel fairly light. The way we went there is a little stream you have to cross as well. 

Toilets – Near the car park / pub

Food – There is a coffee truck on the beach and there’s a pub near the car park. Picnics are of course very welcome.

Rating – 5 / 5

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holywell

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