Sandwiched between our nearest beach at Perranporth and our most favourite beach, Poly Joke, it’s no wonder we’ve neglected the gorgeous little bay of Holywell for so long. But we have, so we put remedy to that situation today.
Holywell Beach is quite literally a hybrid of Perranporth – all big sandy dunes topped by marram grass and craggy cliffs, and the beautifully quiet, river fed Poly Joke. Drive down through the holiday parks, past the pubs and village, and just 5 minutes walk from the beach there’s a National Trust car park (you can park on the road October – March inc.).
Head for the peaks of the dunes and you’ll stumble across a lush little river valley cutting right the way across the approach – all reeds and marsh flowers and rushing clear water. The black dog loves it here, the river has some great bathing pools and snakes down onto the beach, traversing the western cliffs. From here you get the best view of Gull Rocks, two giant outcrops just off Penhale Point.
The beach stretches for a good mile, with a mix of shells, coarse and silky soft sand, and today when we were there (in October!) it was beautifully sunny with a handful of people still sunbathing and swimming in just costumes.
To turn a beach stroll into a circular walk head about half way up the beach where you can strike off into the dunes on a ferrety network of sand paths, which snake for miles.
If you’re after a quality pint and some hearty food after your stomp, we’d recommend the Smuggler’s Den Inn, just a mile or so up the road.
Dog friendly – all year
Life guards – seasonal
Toilets – yes
Car park – yes (National Trust)
Shops – yes
Pub – yes