Trebarwith Strand Beach
The ever popular beach of Trebarwith Strand is located around two miles south of Tintagel. It is one of the few easily accessible beaches along this stretch of North Cornwall coast. Now owned by the National Trust the name comes from the Cornish 'Trebervedh Sian'.
The beach at Trebarwith Strand is a long stretch of golden sand backed by flat rocks and beyond these steep cliffs. At low tide the beach extends almost a mile , however as the tide pushes in this all but disappears leaving just the rocks at the base of the cliffs. If you do visit the beach make sure you check the tides before going for a walk - each year a number of people need rescuing after becoming cut off by the tide.
Along the length of the beach are several caves set in the high cliffs, particularly towards the village end. Some of these are quite deep and little eerie if you fancy exploring. The many rock pools along the Strand are less intimidating and contain a wealth of sealife. These little pools make the ideal place for crabs, shrimps, small fish such and the like to hide until the tide returns.
With plenty of facilities and a seasonal lifeguard service Trebarwith Strand is a great family beach. Please not though, only swim when the lifeguards are on duty. Locally it is perhaps best known as a surf beach which picks up plenty of swell. The cliffs at the southern end also provide a little shelter from the wind.
Just around the corner from the main beach is a little cove which has the remains of a harbour. This is Port William (hence the name of the pub) which was formerly used in the export of slate. Another industrial legacy at the Strand is the gully-like pathway carved into the rocks at the beach entrance; this was carved out hundreds of years ago when sand and seaweed were taken from the beach by farmers.
Over the years Trebarwith Strand has been used as a location in several films. These include the 1974 film, "The Seaweed Children", "Saving Grace" (2000), "Oscar and Lucinda" (1997) and the 1996 production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". All testimony to this beach's stunning natural beauty.
Type of beach
RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 19 May to 30 September
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SX 0486 8636
The main car park is set a little way up the valley and takes has around 130 spaces. There is a smaller car park closer to the beach along with a handful of roadside spaces