Dig your toes into the golden sand of Daymer Bay and let the salty air clear your mind and lift your spirit.
Heading north of Wadebridge, a 6-mile drive will take you to the gentle sweep of Daymer Bay, backed by towering dunes. A delicately arching beach covered in powdery golden sand, it is as perfect for days out with the family as it is for peaceful reflection, soaking up the bay’s undeniable natural beauty.
A dog-friendly beach all year, Daymer has year-round appeal. Especially lovely in the early morning and shoulder seasons, you can often be treated to all but empty swathes of sand, indented only by your footsteps and the erratic trail of your four-pawed pal. Trace the shoreline and throw ball after ball for you pup, inhaling the revitalising sea air.
If you have little ones with you, the masses of sand make for excellent castle-making competitions. Build giant forts, sun cream-clad under summer sunshine, and dig out moats to defend your grainy masterpieces. Along the beach you will find little shells and sea glass gems to decorate your fortress, before deciding the champion and rewarding the victor with a treat from the cool box.
Boasting superb views across the Camel Estuary, you can spend hours flitting between sand and sea and enjoying the scenery. At low tide the beach extends its sandy reach, revealing some fantastic rock pools that you can peer into in child-like wonderment. Watch anemones stand strong, gripping tightly to their rocky perch, whilst silver fish dart for the cover of seaweed.
When you are ready to cool off, the beach’s cool waters await. Due to its sheltered location at the mouth of the Camel Estuary and its gently sloping beach, Daymer Bay is also a safe haven for swimming. Shallow for a long way at high tide, it is great for gentle bathing. That said, a little more secluded than its neighbours, Daymer has no lifeguard service so discretion is always advised.
Before heading home, the south end of Daymer Bay is home to the grassy mound of Braey Hill, which reveals beautiful views of Hawkers Cove, the Doom Bar and Stepper Point (the sleeping dragon). You can also visit nearby St Enodoc Church (aka Sinking Neddy) and see where Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, was laid to rest.