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Top 5 beaches for bellyboarding in Cornwall

Fancy a spot of bellyboarding? We asked Jamie Johnston of Dick Pearce Bellyboards to give us the inside line on his favourite beaches.

Sounds nuts, but Autumn is actually just the time to get in the water – sea temps are the highest they’ve been all year and there’s suddenly a little more space to catch a wave without running someone over. But where to go?

Fistral, Newquay (car park TR7 1HY)

Why Jamie recommends it:

It’s my home break and favourite place to surf and bellyboard (especially in winter when its quiet!)

Need to know:

Lifeguarded by the RNLI 10am – 6pm until the end of October. On the north coast, just west of Newquay, faces west-northwest. Sandy and nearly 1km long, with consistent waves. Beginners may find a more sheltered beach is easier – in big swells The Cribbar, a reef at the north end of the beach, breaks and draws crowds to watch the surfers trying their luck with Britain’s premier big wave.

Towan, Newquay (Harbour car park TR7 1HR)

Why Jamie recommends it:

Great low tide spot for bellyboarding when its wild and stormy everywhere else. Beautiful to walkthrough the harbour into the surf.

Need to know:

Newquay’s most central beach, covered at high tide, and sheltered by Towan Head so provides small waves ideal for novice surfers and bellyboarders. Lifeguarded by the RNLI from 10am – 6pm until the end of September.

Porth “Polly” Joke, West Pentire (car park TR8 5SE)

Why Jamie recommends it:

Picturesque little beach with good waves for bellyboarding. Beware of the over-friendly seals.

Need to know:

Pack light as it’s a ten minute or so walk from the car park, which is right at the road, near to the Bowgie Inn. No lifeguards at any time of the year, sand even at high tide – dogs allowed all year round.

Harlyn, near Padstow (car park PL28 8SB)

Why Jamie recommends it:

Good strong waves and shelter from winds in the winter. Good pub close to the beach!

Need to know:

Harlyn is between Padstow and Trevose Head, tucked in and facing north, which makes it a good place for beginners, and when other more west facing places are too big (such as Fistral). Lifeguarded by the RNLI until 30 September, big car park, lots of sand – and near to The Pig!

Gwynver (also known as Gwenvor), near Sennen (car park TR19 6JB)

Why Jamie recommends it:

Beautiful beach in the far west. Great for camping and sunsets.  

Need to know:

You’ll find Gwynver at the far end of Sennen Cove. Low tide only, and it’s a 10-15 min walk from the carpark. Lifeguarded by the RNLI 10am – 6pm until the end of September.

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