National Trust Beaches in North Cornwall: Our latest Fave – Sandymouth Beach

In my attempt to prolong summer (if only that’s possible!) I’ve been delaying this last featured post on National Trust Beaches here in North Cornwall for days now.  Perhaps, it’s because it’s the last and maybe because September is almost over and still no sign of an Indian summer.  And as I type this, the orange pile of leaves in our garden is piling up daily.  Did I mention it’s also gray and dreary outside? …

The first beach we visited was Northcott Mouth, then Duck Pool.  They are both lovely beaches, although Duck Pool isn’t really safe for swimming, but perfect for rock-pooling.  We enjoyed both, but our most favourite one is Sandymouth.  I can’t believe we’ve lived here in Cornwall for almost a decade now and yet have never visited this beach.  It’s just absolutely beautiful!  A perfect combination of vast expanse of beach (especially during low-tide), lots of unusual rock formation, even two waterfalls, and when the tide is low, it leaves big puddles of water, perfect for the little ones to swim in.

We visited late August, so there were still lots of tourists around, probably having their last hurrah for the summer.  We were lucky the weather complied with us.  Lovely blue skies and good enough temperature.

We went with friends and T was with her best-friend F and his little sister M.  It was just the perfect playground for these energetic kids.

Then T and F decided to play tag with the waves.

The kids also spent time splashing about in this big pool of sea water.

As for the grown-ups, we enjoyed looking at the interesting rocks and their formations and other seal life found on the beach.  As mentioned, during the low-tide it exposes a vast area of beach, perfect for long walks.

One of the reasons why my husband wanted to visit this particular beach is that, apparently if you’re lucky and the tide is really low, you might just catch a glimpse of a shipwreck.  Sadly we couldn’t find it that day.  But hey, luckily for us, we just live nearby.

Sandymouth also has a National Trust cafe nearby, but I think it is only seasonal.  The beach also has coast-guards around and is near at least two camp-sites.  Perfect for holiday-makers.

We loved it so much we came back the next day, although admittedly we haven’t been back since then.  Hopefully we’ll manage to do just that when the weather improves.  This is definitely a beach to put on your list the next time you’re in Cornwall.


  1. Alexandria Iveson

    You took some fab pics! I love to spend time beside the sea – unfortunately living in London means we don’t often get a chance to do so!

  2. Nickolai Kinny

    Wow, it looks lovely. And I like that your kids are actually in the water, no too cold then?

  3. Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    Oh wow, this looks absolutely divine! What a beautiful beach – it’s definitely gone on my to-visit list. Your photos are really making me miss the summer.

    • I know. Me too. Was hoping for an Indian one, but looks like that isn’t going to happen this year 🙁

    • Not silly at all. They own a lot of coastal paths and yes, beaches! Even the famous Kynance Cove is owned by the trust 🙂

  4. What beautiful photography. I feel as though I am there. I ABSOLUTEY adore Cornwall and the beaches there are divine. Truly feels like you’re not even in the UK. I would recommend it to EVERYONE at least once!

  5. Chloe Ciliberto

    Wow this beach looks gorgeous. I love all the rocks and the different pools you can explore. It’s so lovely! x

  6. Fashion and Style Police

    This beach is definitely a lovely playground for kids. Love the photos. I can feel the fun.

  7. Zenbabytravel

    Haha, just like you trying to extend the summer and very disappointed we did not get this year an Indian fall in UK! I had to head over back to Menorca for a girls weekend back in September and now I am going through summer posts 😉 like Sani and Greece…Thanks a lot for sharing your NT beach favourites, there are so many gorgeous places in Cornwall, pity weather is always such a lottery…#countrykids

    • I know. Was really counting on an Indian summer. Sigh. Ah well, I do love autumn too. But nothing beats summer!

  8. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    I’ve really enjoyed your beach series and it makes me realise we need to explore more too. the rock formations here look fascinating and there are some lovely looking rock pools for the kids to play in. May be you could continue your beach search with some winter posts too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • Thanks. We really ought to. Was talking to other mums from T’s school and they mentioned more. Will definitely feature them once we’ve visited. Do visit Sandymouth beach if you can. It’s really lovely 🙂 x

  9. Kids of the Wild

    Didn’t know there were any Cornish beaches I’d not heard of! These look fab, especially the big pool for paddling, and you took some great photos. Where exactly is the beach and do you need National Trust membership to visit? Shame the shipwreck wasn’t visible, have to add it to my list for shipwreck spotting. #countrykids

    • Thank you. It’s very near Bude and no, you don’t have to be a member to visit. The only + for members is that you don’t need to pay for parking 😉

  10. Karen (Stopping At Two)

    I will make a note of Sandymouth for when we are next down in Cornwall – thank you! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, and making me want to get to a beach soon!

    • Thank you! Yes, it’s a definite must-visit especially when you have kids 🙂

  11. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    What fabulous photos. Sandymouth beach looks absolutely stunning. I love those rock formations and the little pool that formed in amongst them. Little T and her friend look like they had a wonderful time there. #countrykids

  12. What a brilliant looking beach! I find that North Devon and North Cornwall have the best beaches in the UK #CountryKids

  13. I love Cornwall, we head to St Agnes every year and love it. Such stunning beaches #countrykids

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