Harlyn Bay

Harlyn is known for being a great family beach. Located in the lee of Trevose head and with a northerly aspect it is slightly more sheltered than some of its west facing neighbours.

The wide crescent of yellow sand provides plenty of space and the waters here are generally safe for swimming during summer months, when there is lifeguard cover. There's lots to keep kids occupied too with rock pools, sand dunes and a small stream.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard summer cover (5 May - 30 September), Easter bank holiday and weekends during April

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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PL28 8SB

OS grid ref.

SW 8770 7550


There is a car park in the village.

Harlyn Bay Reviews

Our new Go-To beach

Aug 14th 2021

Having holidayed in Cornwall many times over many years, we’ve only discovered Harlyn recently after changing our base from Falmouth to Camelford.

We love Harlyn as there’s always a bit of beach to run our Sprocker Spaniel, even at high tide.

The car parking is reasonably priced (but patrolled by a very effective parking attendant so make sure you don’t over-run) and there’s plenty of it. Be aware that when the flat car park next to the beach is full, the rest is on the adjoining hillside so access for less mobile people may be an issue unless you drop off and then go park.

There’s another great Beach Box cafe with some outdoor seating for a snack or hot/cold (non-alcoholic) drink and in high season an ice cream van sets up on the beach.

There are toilets in a block on the other side of the road from the entrance to the beach car park.

The beach itself widens as the tide goes out giving plenty of room for visitors to spread out. A shallow freshwater stream crosses the beach at the top end so you may need to wade across to reach the sea-side.

All in all, it’s a great beach for an all-day excursion or just an hour with the dog in the evening.

Too crowded in summer

Aug 06th 2019

Saw lots of lovely reviews so we were keen to go. What a disappointment. Beach is too small at anything other than low tide for the hundreds of families and dogs. Would never go again in summer. Holywell beach knocks harlyn out of the water every day of the week.

Best beach in the uk

Jun 15th 2019

This is by far our favourite beach , it’s beautiful as are the other beaches on this part of the Cornish coast
Also dog friendly.

Note for dog owners

The one true man
Jun 13th 2019

You may want to keep dogs on a lead, ours was attacked by a lose dog. Also the roads are narrow which people bomb down in their overpriced, ostentatious Land/Range Rovers, inconsiderate of human life. We were nearly killed by some idiot who looked like Richard Branson (club 33) who just smiled at us. If you want some stress, get yourself down!