Visit St George's Cove, the beautiful beach on Padstow's doorstep.
In the height of summer, St George’s Cove can feel like Padstow’s answer to more exotic climes. With translucent waters lapping warm, sugary sand, St George’s Cove sheltered body certainly seems like a gateway into a tropical paradise.
Located around half a mile away, St George’s Cove is Padstow’s closest beach. So named after St George’s Well, a sacred spring set back from the beach, St George’s Cove nestles into the western side of the Camel Estuary.
An inlet at high tide, the cove opens up at low tide to join the long swathe of sand that runs alongside the estuary. With its sheltered position tucked into high cliffs, it manages to stay protected from the wind. Enjoying such a lovely spot, the beach can sometimes become a little crowded in the busiest months at high tide, but when the water recedes there are plenty of places to settle down and take in the views.
Although there is no car park by the beach, it can be easily accessed from either direction along the South West Coast Path. You can either start from Padstow walking around half a mile north along the coast path, or park at the Harbour Cove car park found at Lellizzick and walk for approximately a mile from that way instead.
Once you’ve stretched your legs and reached your destination, the cove’s cool waters are a great relief for hot feet. Just be careful though, as the nature of estuaries means there are often strong currents, particularly in the deeper waters. The estuary is also used by speedboats and other vessels, and there are no lifeguards on duty, so caution is advised.
If you have a four-legged member of your party, St George’s Cove only allows dogs between October and Easter each year. However, fear not, as there are lots of other year-round dog-friendly beaches nearby for you and your canine companion to enjoy together.
The beauty of this beach lies in its location. With spectacular views across the estuary and framed by cliffs thick with vegetation, it is a truly beautiful place to visit. As it’s accessed via the coast path, there are no toilets nearby, but all amenities can be found in Padstow.