The village of Zennor lies between St Ives and St Just, on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall. It lies above the high, rocky cliffs of the coast and the rugged, boulder-strewn, granite hills and moors. There used to be a stone quarry on Zennor Hill, and local granite was used to build much of St Ives and the Falmouth Harbour walls. This is a romantic, wild and brooding landscape which has been inhabited for at least 4000 years.

In 1748 and later, John Wesley preached to the people of Zennor in an attempt to convert them to Methodism. A large stone by the road leading into the village is said to have been used as a pulpit by him.

Farming, fishing, quarrying and mining were the industries of the past in this part of West Cornwall. The quarry and the mines closed long ago and there are only a few farmers and fishermen remaining today. Now the main industry is tourism. The Wayside Museum was founded in the 1930’s and illustrates many aspects of life in West Cornwall long ago. It comprises of a cottage with a traditional Cornish kitchen and an outdoor exhibition of domestic and mining tools, including waterwheels, corn grinding wheels and tools dating from 3000BC. A mill building contains a collection of early agricultural implements and there is evenm a blacksmith’s forge can be seen.

Zennor was one of the last bastions of the Cornish language. Although the last person to have Cornish as her sole language was said to be Dolly Pentreath, buried in the village of Paul near Mousehole, John Davey of Boswednack, Zennor was one of the last people with a traditional knowledge of the language. He died in 1891, aged 79.


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Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay

First impressions of Holywell Bay can be deceptive as the main beach is obscured by sand dunes as you approach. It is only upon scaling or walking around these dunes that the expanse of golden sand stretching almost a mile to the north-east becomes apparent.
Being located close enough, but not too close to Newquay is a big factor in Holywell’s popularity. Whilst it does get busy in the summer, it has a family friendly feel about it and an unspoilt rural backdrop. With seasonal lifeguards on hand, sand dunes to explore, rockpools and a small stream meandering down the beach Holywell Bay is great for kids. There are plenty of facilities close to the beach in the small village including ample car-parking. For golf enthusiasts there is an 18 hole golf course overlooking the beach.
The name Holywell is derived from holy well and it is believed this refers to a cave at the northern end of the beach. Only accessible at low tide (so take care) the cave contains an unusual rock formation which creates a series of basins.
One of Holywell Bay’s most distinctive features are the twin rocks just of the coast. These two huge rocks are known as Gull Rocks or Carter’s Rocks.


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Crantock Bay provides an ideal holiday destination for families. The beach at Crantock offers holiday makers and families over a mile of level high quality sand and sand dunes, with plenty of rock pools and caves to explore at low tide along the edges of the West Pentire and East Pentire Headlands. The cliff line along Crantock Bay’s western edge provides a degree of shelter to the beach. The southern edge of the beach is lined by sand dunes and Marram grass- creating a nature haven for the local wildlife and a great place for the children to explore.

Crantock Bay looks out onto the Atlantic, making it a popular surfer’s beach and is patrolled by the Lifeguards during the peak season. The Eastern edge of the beach, by the River Gannel, is not however suitable for swimming, due to the tidal nature of the river. Crantock’s beach is a popular for swimming, fishing, snorkelling, surfing, wind surfing and canoeing. Safe, swimming and body boarding areas are designated by between the red and yellow flags on the main beachwith all surfing and between the black and white chequered flags.Crantock Beach Facilities

The beach has a range of facilities, including cafes, surf hire, toilets and parking.

The Fern Pit Café lies just below the East Pentire Headland ( on the Eastern banks of the River Gannel – just across from the main beach). The picturesque Café and Boathouse has some stunning views of both the beach and the river. The café provides a range of sandwiches and light refreshments, as well as their own locally caught lobster and crab. Adjacent to the Fern Pit café is a small path leading to the Ferry – a small boat that runs across the river from East Pentire to Crantock Beach at high tide, when the small footbridge is not available.

On the main beach at Crantock, there is a small kiosk located at the River Gannel end of Crantock Beach . TheCrantock Beach Kiosk operates during peak season, supplying a range of snacks, andwiches, beverages, ice creams, hot and cold drinks. Windbreaks, sun loungers, deckchairs, and sun parasols are also available to hire from the kiosk.

Surf Hire, (surf boards and wetsuits) is also available at the beach from a converted shipping container -located on the beach, at the edge of the sand dunes, just a little way down from the kiosk.

Dogs are allowed on Crantock Beach all year round

The village of Crantock retains much of its original old fashioned charm and character. Large parts of the local parish are now in the ownership of the National Trust, including West Pentire headland which is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest – noted for its wonderful wild flowers and rare plants. The famous South West Coast Path follows the seaward side of the parish – along the edge of Crantock Bay and around West Pentire towards Holywell Bay. The older part of the village is situated around its church which is dedicated to St Carantoc, founder of the village.


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Looking for things to do in Newquay whilst you are on holiday or just visiting for the day then you have come to the right place!

Here you will find some of the things we think you might like from attractionsactivitiesbeaches and places to visit.

If you are looking for something a little different then take a look on the events page to see what is happening when you are here – who knows it could be when Boardmasters, Polo on the Beach or the Newquay Fish Festival is on!


In Newquay you will find many action packed attractions to keep all the family happy both in the town and the surrounding area – each one a great day out.

Newquay being family friendly has lots of attractions to keep everyone entertained. Newquay is very lucky to have Cornwall’s largest zoo and Cornwall’s largest aquarium along with the interactive pirates at Pirate’s Quest. Just outside of Newquay are two enjoyable small theme parks Flambards and Camel Creek, which are both all-weather attractions.

Looking for a relaxing day admiring beautiful homes and gardens? Then just outside of Newquay you will find the National Trust property – Trerice Manor, an Elizabethan house which has some very pretty gardens and a very good tea room! Throughout the year Trerice Manor hosts many events for adults and children so be sure to check out their entry on here to see what is going on.


Newquay is known as the surf capital of England and with the incredible beaches here it is no wonder that surfing is the main activity. There are numerous surf schools, surf hire and surf shops on the beaches and in the town to get you kitted out and ready to hit the waves. It is not just surfing though Newquay has much more to offer and has all kinds of water sports for you to try.

Newquay activities do not just start and end on the beach, there are plenty more in and around the town including go karts, bike riding, sea safaris, fishing, golf, day tours – exploring some of the other towns and coastline that Cornwall has to offer and Newquay’s very own Cornwall Zorbing if you fancy something a little different!

Whatever your age, fitness level, ability or experience there will be something to suit you and you will be in safe hands with some of the UK’s top coaches and instructors that we are lucky to have here making sure you will enjoy every minute of the fun.


Here in Newquay we are very proud of the beaches and when you see them you will see why! It is not just us who think they are the best around. Fistral Beach, Porth Beach and Crantock Beach have all been voted in the Top 25 Beaches on Trip Advisor.

Wherever you are in Newquay or the surrounding areas, you are guaranteed not to be far from one of these stunning beaches – all of them with golden sand and Atlantic breakers, each of the beaches offer a different beach experience for every day of your stay.


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Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth

Situated mid way between Padstow and Newquay on the rugged north Cornish coast, Mawgan Porth offers a beautiful west facing beach, stunning scenery, wondrous walks and superb surfing.

Reasons to visit Mawgan Porth

  • Beautiful west facing beach at the bottom of beautiful rugged cliffs
  • Surrounding landscape and coastline
  • Fantastic walks and cycling
  • Perfect spot for water sports
  • Year round dog friendly beach
  • Voted by The Times as one of their top 10 beaches
  • Plenty of rock pools and caves for fun family days out

Things to do

  • Enjoy a fun filled day on the beach with an abundance of activities to try, from rock pooling at low tide, exploring the caves, body boarding, learning to surf with a local surf school and of course having a go at building a sand castle
  • If you get a little peckish there is a pub, café, restaurant and fish and chip shop nearby
  • Explore Mawgan Porth by taking one of its spectacular coastal walks, including part of the superb South West Coast Path
  • For some hustle and bustle in the summer months head to Newquay; Cornwall’s surfing capital, less than 6 miles away
  • Get access to the beautiful Cornish countryside with a cycle on the famous Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge, just 5 miles away
  • Play pitch and put or crazy golf
  • Other attractions nearby that will keep the family busy are The Classic Air Force, The Japanese Gardens, St Eval Kart Circuit, golf courses, bowling and the zoo.


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Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps

The granite rocks that are dotted across the beach are, according to legend, stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan.

Access to the beach is difficult, and down a steep narrow set of steps cut into the cliff. Only for the fit and agile, take care with young children. The beach itself has beautiful golden sand, and only accessible at low tide.

At the top of the cliffs is a National Trust car park and cafe. Fabulous views across the coast from here.

Wow factor doesn’t even begin to cover it. Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps is one of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast and is an absolute must-see. The landscape is synonymous with shipwrecks and smugglers, and the spectacular clifftop views look out over Bedruthan Steps, where a rank of colossal, pointed stacks march out of the atlantic waves against a dramatic backdrop.

Enjoy magnificent walks meandering past a succession of picture-postcard coves, windswept headlands and old-fashioned holiday resorts, this stretch of the coast path running north of Bedruthan ranks among the prettiest in the south west.

The National Trust has rebuilt the steep cliff staircase to the beach, but visitors need to be aware of the risk of being cut off by the tide


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Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach is one of the bigger beaches on the north coast. A tourist town that comes alive in the summer and is often a draughty spot in the winter.

To the world of surfing, the beach provides good access to great surf, throughout the year. Another bonus is the beach is well lifeguarded. This is well documented through media and tourism channels.

The town offers a good selection of small shops, restaurants and cafes along a small main street, including plenty of surf and souvenir shops. There is something to suit all.

There is car park of reasonable size, which has flatter access than many other beaches. The car park is right by the beach, providing access for those with limited manoeuvrability.

Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan Beach – Porthtowan

Porthtowan is a north coast surfing beach and is also lifeguarded, during the season. The beach offers a couple of cafes, providing a hub, where hot and cold food and drink is available.

The beach itself is fairly small by Cornish standards, but is deceptively spacious. Being on the north coast of Cornwall, the high northerly winds can hamper your casual stroll or surf.

This Blue Flag award winning beach is one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches bordered by soft golden sand and backed by large dunes and dramatic cliffs.



The area of Godrevy, looking out over Godrevy Lighthouse, is owned and managed by the National Trust.

On the B3301, Turn off the road by the hump back bridge, at Godrevy and follow the road up hill. You will be stopped by the Cafe and charged for parking for the day (unless you are an NT member).

The beach offers good rock pools and the beach shack style café,  with good quality food and snacks, called The Rock Pool Beach Café.

Here a good sized car park, a short walk to the beach front. Local surf schools are sometimes based here, offering lessons and hire as well.

Gwithian beach

Gwithian beach – Gwithian

Gwithian is a quaint coastal village on the B3301, from Hayle to Camborne.

It is well known for an access point for 3 mile stretch of  beach, that runs along the coast of St Ives Bay. A well known surfing beach with good rock pools which kids love. Car parking is available through National Trust and private car parks.

Hell’s Mouth cliff foot path, is a popular visiting place, with the aptly named Hells Mouth Café positioned across the road.

Further back into the Village, you will come across the pub, Red River Inn, formally Pendarves Inn. The pub offers a welcoming drink and traditional pub food by an open fire, for those chilly evenings.

Gwithian Beach is very popular and can get incredibly busy. Many locals will venture for the surf. The full stretch of beach has good lifeguard cover, throughout the season.