Discover one of North Cornwall's hidden treasures, the beautiful Harbour Cove
There is something undeniably satisfying about the feeling of being barefoot on the beach, curling and uncurling your toes as you push them deeper into the sand. It is all the more intensified when you’ve had to look a bit further afield for your prize, heading away from the crowds and happy masses. That feeling is totally apparent when you are stood on Harbour Cove beach.
Looking out over the Camel Estuary on the opposite banks to Daymer Bay, Harbour Cove (also known as Tregirls Beach) beach forms part of a long sandy strip that runs for over a mile and a half along the coast. Joining up with Hawkers Cove and St. George’s Cove, at high tide the golden expanse is submerged to form part of the dreaded Doom Bar, the curse of many a sailor.
At around three miles from Padstow, Harbour Cove remains consistently quieter than many of its neighbours. As it is slightly off the beaten track, it is not as easy to get to and can be enjoyed only by those who are able to put the extra effort in. Despite – or thanks to – this, it is a real haven of tranquillity and a wonderful spot to lean back and listen to the soft seaside sounds of gulls tattling, water rolling and the breeze tickling through long seagrass.
Backed by a white spine of sand dunes, soft sand can be enjoyed at both high and low tide. Making the most of the open playing field, the beach is a real favourite among both two and four-legged beings out for their walkies. Fortunately, Harbour Cove is a dog-friendly beach all year round which is great news for our canine companions. That said; if you fancy taking a dip to cool off from games under the hot sun, just be careful as there are no lifeguards and there can be strong currents.
With a seasonal car park near Harbour Cove (postcode PL28 8HR), beach goers either have the choice of parking up and walking down a little track to access the beach, or heading off from Padstow on foot and picking up the coast path to reach the cove. The latter is a great option if you want to enjoy a day’s adventure as the walk itself is a good two mile roundtrip and affords stunning views the whole way.
As you would expect from a more secluded beach, there are no toilets or other facilities at Harbour Cove. If you plan on staying on the beach for a while, make sure you’ve packed some snacks, water and sun cream. Once you’ve had your beach fill, nearby Padstow offers lots of amenities and restaurants where you can enjoy delicious local food after a day of fun. There is also a tea garden near to the beach.