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Daymer Bay: Exploring hidden coves in North Cornwall

Daymer Bay: Exploring hidden coves in North Cornwall

We love Daymer Bay. It’s a spot that we go back to again and again and it’s given us some very special memories. But it’s not for everyone. 

If you like cheap parking and sparkling facilities – this isn’t your beach. The car park is pricey, the toilets basic and the shop is only open in the summer (and is pretty limited even then). 

So, why do we go back to Daymer Bay again and again?

View from the car park at Daymer Bay Cornwall

Every single time we pull into the car park perched above Daymer Bay, the view blows us away. It’s such a beautiful bay – the perfect combination of long stretches of sand and gently rolling waves. It’s sheltered by dunes and looks out onto the green fields of the Camel Estuary. You sit on the beach shielded by the sandbanks, looking out to sea in one direction and watching sheep grazing in the other.

It’s very different to the ferocious, rugged beauty of somewhere like Widemouth Bay (which we love equally). It’s calmer. And it has this wonderful hidden quality – it’s only a short drive from Polzeath but somehow you feel like you’re venturing off the beaten track and the reward is you stumble across something that feels extra special. 

And if you’re fond of celeb spotting, look out for members of the Ramsey family.

We’ve visited this beach (armed and prepared with a flask of tea and change for the toilets) in every season and although I can’t guarantee sunshine, we’ve never had a bad weather day on this beach. In fact, this New Years Day we paddled in bare feet and the sea was full of swimmers. The sun definitely seems to shine over this spot of Cornwall coastline. 

Daymer Bay on a winters day

What can you do at Daymer Bay?

Beach walks 

This is a great spot for a gentle beach meander and if you hit the tides perfectly you can take a longer walk along the shoreline to nearby Rock for something to eat and drink.


This isn’t a beach for surfing, and it isn’t lifeguarded. But the calm and shallow waters make it perfect for sea swimming and it’s perhaps our favourite beach to paddleboard and kayak. We’ve seen lots of people kitesurf here too.


Our girls love climbing up and over the rocks on this beach and exploring the rockpools for hidden treasures.


This is a lovely sandy beach with lots of space to set up camp for the day and enjoy a family beach day.

Sandcastles at Daymer Bay

What you need to know about Daymer Bay 

  • Where is Daymer Bay? It sits between Rock and Polzeath. About a 40-minute drive from Cottons Cottage. Use post code PL27 6SA and here it is on a map.
  • Where can I park? There’s a large car park overlooking the beach. It’s known to be pricey and beware there are cameras.
  • Are there lifeguards? No lifeguard cover at this beach.
  • What about toilets? There are toilets a short walk from the car park but they’re basic and you do have to pay.
  • What about watersports? This isn’t a spot for surfing. Better for SUP, wind-surfing and kite-surfing. 
  • Is it family friendly? Yes. There’s a big expanse of sand (particularly at low tide) and it’s a more sheltered bay which makes it suitable for little ones who want to dip their toes in shallow water. Access to the beach is via step.
  • Can I get a coffee? During the main summer season there’s a shop to grab a coffee or an ice cream. But it’s fairly limited, so take a flask. We recommend The Mowhay Café, which is a short drive from the bay and serves great food and drinks.
  • Is it dog friendly? Yes, dogs are allowed on this beach.

Are you planning a holiday to Cornwall in 2022?

Cottons Cottage offers a convenient and comfortable base to explore the North Cornwall coastline. Take a look at our availability online.