An absolute gem of a beach, Daymer is nestled between Rock and Polzeath and is framed by the imposing Brae Hill on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. Its shoreline rests on the Camel Estuary and is the perfect spot for watching boats sailing to Padstow harbour, or out to sea.
Popular with families for its gently sloping sandy beach (get there early in the busy months to nab a spot), the bay has a calm and sheltered feel and the water is perfect for swimming.
At low tide the many rock pools reveal themselves, and hours can be whiled away examining sea anemones or catching shrimp. For those looking for more extreme activities, Daymer is a hot spot for wind or kite surfing when the conditions are right.
The rugged sand dunes offer the perfect setting for a game of hide and seek and if you follow the path through the dunes a further 200 yards, you will discover the 13th-century church of St Enodoc, where the former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman is buried.
If a steep walk is your tonic then we dare you to tackle Brea Hill [pronounced Bray] where you will enjoy a 360-degree view and one of the most stunning panoramas in Cornwall. Watch the waves break over the infamous Doom Bar sandbank where the Atlantic meets the estuary or try and spot a buzzard or two.
From Daymer, a 10 min stroll along the coast path towards Polzeath will take you to Greenaway. This small, secluded pebbly beach comes to life at low tide with hundreds of rock pools to explore (beware the weaver fish).
The steep steps to and from the beach and nothing in the way of facilities mean it is often quieter than its neighbouring beaches, so it’s a great spot for a day of peaceful sunbathing – or just take a book and towel and grab an hour to yourself. A further inland footpath leads from Greenaway to the fabulous St Moritz Hotel & Spa, with its Art Deco architecture and Cowshed spa for relaxing in style.
Postcode: PL27 6SA
LAT/LONG: 50.56070323219929, -4.92681203721698
Dog friendly: Yes, all year
Parking: Yes, privately owned