For any of you dreaming of a holiday in these times, I thought I’d tell you about the wonderful Cornish beaches close to Orchard Air.

Beaches and sea offer a special sense of calm and rejuvenation to humans.  Water is of course fundamental to us and sea air is particularly ‘nutritious’.  A space for all kinds of activities – swimming, watersports, yoga, walking or just for relaxing.

Within half an hour of Orchard Air, these beaches for me compare to the best in the world.  Clean and natural with golden sand.  Also accessible from each one is a spectacular cliff walk, thanks to the South-west Coastal Path that circles the whole of Cornwall.

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Heading down the North Cornish Coast….

Polzeath     This is one of the most well-known surf beaches so it’s often busy.  A good selection of shops, cafés and restaurants provide for visitors.

Daymer Bay     Between Polzeath and Rock, this is usually quieter and a nice relaxing beach for dogs and children.

Rock Beach     A long and wide expanse of beautiful golden sand, backed by sand dunes, it’s lovely for a walk that can take you all the way to Polzeath and beyond if you want, taking the beach route or the cliffs above.  Alternatively, a paddle or swim or just sit and listen to the calm waters lapping the shore.

St George’s Cove     From Padstow, walk out over The Meadow, a grassy raised expanse with marvellous views over the estuary to this tidal beach.  Calm waters and plenty of space.

Harbour Cove     A little further on at the mouth of The Camel Estuary, you can usually find peace and quiet on this flat tidal beach with golden sand and turquoise water with views across to Rock and Daymer Bay.  You may see stand-up paddle-boarders and kayakers and also kitesurfers and windsurfers when it’s windy.

Harlyn Beach     This north-facing beach makes it safe for beginner surfers, body-boarders and swimmers.  It has a surf school and a shop.

Booby’s Bay     A quieter area with a rocky plateau that slopes into the sea.

Constantine     Popular with families as a beautiful flat curved beach, with low sand-dunes and rock pools.  Usually drinks and ice-creams available too.  A small walk on to Treyarnon Bay.

Treyarnon Bay     Surfing and swimming, with a lovely natural rock swimming pool at low tide and a YHA with cute café for snacks and small meals.

Porthcothan     Rugged little tucked-away cove with a small beach shop.

Bedruthan Steps     Very dramatic cliffs that make for an awe-inspiring cliff walk and steep steps down to the beach if  you fancy a walk amongst the rocky outcrops.

Mawgan Porth     When the tide is out, it’s a huge expanse of sea and sand, with a cute selection of shops, a café or two and some nearby large hotels.

Watergate Bay     Dramatic surf, beach restaurant/café and an upmarket hotel and bar over-looking the beach.

Newquay     Further down the coast, Newquay provides a selection of coves and beaches.  The memorably-named Lusty Glaze has a very attractive café but of course, Newquay is most known for the world-famous surf beach, Fistral, home to Boardmasters surf festival and the world championships.

The beaches change according to tides so it may be worth checking high and low tide in advance.  With this huge selection – which doesn’t even include all of them – there are all sorts of possibilities for groups at Orchard Air.  Something to dream about!

Which beach in Cornwall or elsewhere is your favourite?

Orchard Air is a retreat venue in Cornwall, UK that accommodates up to 14 people.  If you love the look of these beaches, how about bringing a group to share activities on the Cornish coast?

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