On the north coast of Cornwall is Lundy Bay, close to Polzeath and Port Isaac, it is a small sheltered rocky cove. The name is believed to come from the fact that the cove faces Lundy Island in Devon some 80 miles away. Another explanation is that there were once puffins here and the ancient Norse name for these is lundy.
At low tide, a beautiful sandy beach is revealed along with plenty of rock pools making great for families with kids. However, access to Lundy Bay involves a bit of a hike off the beaten track. It's a pleasant walk though, through an open field into a stunning wooded valley which allows you to walk down to the beach via a sloping path or up to the cliff to take in the breathtaking views.
Type of beach
Sand & rock
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October
OS grid ref.
SW 9576 7980
There is a small National Trust car park nearby. However, unless you get there early on a sunny, summer's day you won't find any spaces