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Winter beach fun at Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

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January 10, 2019

On Boxing Day, after all the fun of the Christmas day, we decided we wanted to get out of the house and go for a bracing walk.

We asked Fiona from Coombe Mill for her recommendation and she advised that her secret beach, Tregardock would be perfect, as the tides were perfect and it can only be accessed at low tide.

Lets just say we didn’t actually find how to get there thanks to a slightly wilful satnav that thought it knew better and we ended up at Trebarwith Strand instead, where we pulled up to the car park to find it free of charge in the winter months (Bonus!).

Trebarwith Strand is located around two miles south of Tintagel and is one of the few easily accessible beaches along this stretch of North Cornwall coast, which is probably why our satnav directed us to it and we walked the short walk down the road to find one of the most breathtaking beaches I have seen.

Trebarwith Strand

What makes the beach at Trebarwith Strand so special, is that is the beach completely disappears a high tide and the mile long golden sands, backed by flat rocks and towering cliffs, only appears at low tide.

Trebarwith Strand

It is a bit of a tricky walk down to the sands, as the rocks can be quite uneven and slippery in places, but the kids loved watching the water raging past and spotting wildlife in the rocks pools and along the rocks as we walked.


Once down on the sands, however, it gave them access to the cliffs and high set caves that they were just itching to explore.

If you are nervous of the kids climbing, then this isn’t the beach for you, as mine loved climbing up the side of the cliffs – it was Hubby that nearly slipped a couple of times on the damp seaweed!!

It is a very popular beach with locals and dog walkers in particular, especially on a mild winters day, so don’t expect a quiet stroll.

Heading into the cave

If climbing isn’t for you, but you enjoy exploring caves, there is a huge one to the left of the beach which is accessible from the sand and very deep, perfect for recreating scenes from The Goonies – all I could hear was the kids shouting “Hey you Guys”.

Looking out of the Cave

It was so mild that some of the braver members of the family decided to go for a paddle in the sea!

Whilst others preferred to see just how waterproof their boots were as they looked across to Gull Rock, a slate stack that stands proudly about a quarter of a mile off shore.

We spent a good couple of hours exploring the beach as the tide went out and as we were preparing to leave, we witnessed the local Boxing Day Swim which saw about a hundred brave souls taking a dip in the sea in just their swimming costumes. (Rather them than me!).

Sebby Beach

We may not have got to the beach we were aiming for, but we had a brilliant time nonetheless, despite someone getting much wetter than planned…….next time we are taking a towel!

Next stop Tintagel…………..

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    January 10, 2019

    That looks like a blast! Nothing beats getting out and exploring the beach like that. I love all those huge rocks!

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    January 10, 2019

    That water looks cold!! Lovely pictures of the beach with your family, looks like everyone had a great time.

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    Evelyn Hernandez

    January 10, 2019

    Looks like a great place to spend the day, the pictures are amazing!

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    Maggie Unzueta

    January 10, 2019

    Oh wow! This place looks sooo amazing! It’s breathtaking. the beach..the cave…EVERYTHING! I wish I could be here right now!

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    January 10, 2019

    I adore Cornwall! This looks like a beautiful beach, I must remember this one next time we go!

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    Kim Seghers

    January 11, 2019

    What a beautiful place to explore! I love your photos. Thank you for sharing.

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    January 11, 2019

    Your photos are just so lovely. Looks like you all had so much fun. I must visit Cornwall one day – my family is originally from there.

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    Newcastle Family Life

    January 11, 2019

    what a lovely beach to explore, my kids would love exploring the caves x

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    January 11, 2019

    I like the photos captured here. Good to get for a good walk sometimes.

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    Tamala Baldwin

    January 11, 2019

    This is majestic and I can’t wait to visit!!! I love how the oldest sibling is holding the hands of his younger siblings.. super duper cute!

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    Romy Schorr

    January 11, 2019

    That is a beautiful beach landscape! A perfect place to take the family for some beach time fun!

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    Laura Dove

    January 11, 2019

    Ahh we love Cornwall so much! Gorgeous photos and looks so peaceful too!

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    January 11, 2019

    What a fun place to explore! Your kids looked like they had a great time.

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    Beeb Ashcroft

    January 11, 2019

    My kids would really have loved a place like this growing up. It was always their favorite place to visit.

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    January 12, 2019

    looks like the whole family had a good time! this place looks fun

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    January 12, 2019

    Love a bit of fresh sea air and not been Cornwall in years :)xx

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    Lydia Smith

    January 12, 2019

    Been long I saw caves. It will be quite nice to visit Winter Beach. Guess, Cornwall should be on the list for all families.

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    Sincerely Miss J

    January 12, 2019

    The beach at Trebarwith Strand looks beautiful. Very cool landscape. It reminds me of a beach in Los Cabos

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    January 13, 2019

    Wonderful scenery for you and the family. ITs nice you took your family to the beach even when its winter.

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    Karen Monica

    January 13, 2019

    I love the scenery. I am sure you and your family had so much fun.

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    January 13, 2019

    We love exploring places like this. Cornwall looks like a great place to visit with kids. so much to see!

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    January 13, 2019

    Aw this looks like an awesome place to take the kids! I love the landscape too, and clearly everyone had a fun time.

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    Laura Schwormstedt

    January 16, 2019

    We love Cornwall – any time of the year as it’s such a special place and perfect fro families and this beach looks amazing for a fun day out
    Laura x

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