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.