Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Hawkers Cove

Hawkers Cove

Situated at the mouth of the River Camel, near Padstow is Hawker's Cove beach. At low tide the beach forms an expanse of sand stretching almost 1.5 miles from the old lifeboat station and joining up with Harbour Cove. Despite being a beautiful spot and located close to Padstow the beach here doesn't really get crowded. This is largely due to the limited parking and fairly convoluted access.
At higher tides Hawkers Cove becomes cut off from Harbour Cove and is a much more intimate affair with rocks rising up to provide shelter to the little patch of sand and slipway.
Along with the row of coastguard cottages, the lifeboat house at Hawker's cove dates back the 1820s when it housed the original Padstow lifeboat, a four man rowing boat. In 1967 the lifeboat station was moved a few miles down the coast to Trevose Head.
The off the beaten track nature of this beach is reflected in the lack of facilities including no lifeguard cover.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Postcode

PL28 8LR

OS grid ref.

SW 9126 7754

Parking

There is a car park serving Harbour Cove (which is only a few minutes walk away). To get to the car park follow the signs for Crugmeer and Hawker's Cove from the B3276. The car park is on the right as you drive through Crugmeer. Alternatively, there are a few parking spaces further up the lane by the farm.

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