First impressions of Holywell Bay can be deceptive as the main beach is obscured by sand dunes as you approach. It is only upon scaling or walking around these dunes that the expanse of golden sand stretching almost a mile to the north-east becomes apparent.
Being located close enough, but not too close to Newquay is a big factor in Holywell’s popularity. Whilst it does get busy in the summer, it has a family friendly feel about it and an unspoilt rural backdrop. With seasonal lifeguards on hand, sand dunes to explore, rockpools and a small stream meandering down the beach Holywell Bay is great for kids. There are plenty of facilities close to the beach in the small village including ample car-parking. For golf enthusiasts there is an 18 hole golf course overlooking the beach.
The name Holywell is derived from holy well and it is believed this refers to a cave at the northern end of the beach. Only accessible at low tide (so take care) the cave contains an unusual rock formation which creates a series of basins.
One of Holywell Bay’s most distinctive features are the twin rocks just of the coast. These two huge rocks are known as Gull Rocks or Carter’s Rocks.
Type of beach
Summer lifeguard cover (19 May–30 September)
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 7659 5942
Car parking right next to the beach
Holywell Bay Reviews
RuredigirlJun 05th 2021
Cornwall is the English Riviera. All the beaches are sandy and kept clean. Fistral beach is where they have had surfing competitions and I was in Newquay when Radio One came to comment on the Foster’s surfing championships with Dave Lee Travis as thehe DJ which is yonks ago?? ????????
JennieJul 11th 2020
We’ve been coming to holywell bay forever and hopefully will continue to for many years to come. It’s suited us from when we were kids to having our own toddlers and now to teen-agers+. Great for body boarding and some scenic walks.
Dinah fosterApr 26th 2019
Just been to holywell bay .it is a magnificent beach very family friendly and we found the cave with the holy well in it was truly magical