A classic north Cornish beach with a sweep of golden sand and a towering dune system

Only a stone’s throw from the popular seaside towns of Perranporth and Newquay, Holywell and the surrounding coast offers you a haven of beaches, common land and coastline to explore. Holywell Bay was made famous once again when it was used to represent the coastline owned by Ross Poldark’s rivals the Warleggans in series 2 of the acclaimed BBC series, Poldark.

Exposed rocky headlands sit alongside a spectacular sandy beach, perfect for surfing or making sandcastles. Discover the hidden gem that is Porth Joke, a small cove that remains untouched by commercialism.

There’s lots of history to discover including the remains of an Iron Age castle on Kelsey Head, a Bronze Age barrow on Cubert Common and the holy well in a cave on the beach.

This is popular walking country with coastal routes taking in the contrasts of Kelsey Head and Cubert Common. Visitors to West Pentire in the early summer can catch sight of spectacular displays of wild flowers.

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