St George's Cove
St George's Cove is Padstow's closest beach at just over half a mile from the harbour. The beach gets its name from St George's Well, an ancient holy well/spring located in the lush vegetation that grows behind the beach.
The cove is a sandy inlet facing out into the Camel Estuary. From here there are great views across the waters of the estuary to the sands of rock beach and Daymer Bay. As the tide goes out the sands stretch all the way from St Saviour's Point in the south to the ruins at Gun Point about half a mile to the north. On a full low tide it is possible to walk along the sand to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove beyond.
As the tide comes in the beach recedes into the small cove flanked by low cliffs. There is still a fair bit of sand, but it can feel a little crowded on busier days.
Facing east into the estuary St George's Cove is very sheltered, both from the wind and the ocean swells. However, swimming is not advised due to the strong currents in this part of the estuary. In addition, there is no lifeguard cover here.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October
OS grid ref.
SW 9191 7646
The closest amenities are in Padstow around half a mile away. There are no facilities on the beach itself.
The nearest parking is the Harbour car park in Padstow around 1/2 a mile away. However, in the summer this can become full. To avoid Padstow completely you can park in the Harbour Cove car park at Lellizzick. The walk is around a mile.