Constantine Bay | Cornwall
Another north coast gem, Constantine Bay is the perfect spot for thrill seekers who get active in and out of the water, while the walks, rockpools and close proximity to Padstow mean it is also fantastic for families.
The wide bay is popular with the nation’s surfers and families alike and the area magically combines absolutely stunning natural scenery, with great food and lots to do. If you’re looking for surf spots, sensational beaches, spectacular coastline, and cliff-top walks, Constantine won’t disappoint. Furthermore, Padstow is about five miles due east, and Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and Newquay some 12 miles south, so there are plenty of things to do and great places to eat within an easy drive.
Constantine is a very popular surf spot with experienced surfers, producing top quality waves. It has a reef at the southern end of the bay that works through the tide, depending on swell size, that produces lefts running into the bay. However, the wave can be fickle depending on swell direction. In the middle of the bay at high tide is a good peak producing rights and lefts with fast and sucky waves. There is also a point at the north end of the bay that produces good waves from mid to high tide. Constantine is really only suitable for experienced surfers due to hidden rocks, dangerous rips and the beach shelving quickly at high tide. Novice surfers should head to Harlyn Bay (see below).
This area of the north coast is famous for its seven bays, all within a short drive of each other.
Constantine itself is a west facing beach with a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands. There are numerous rock pools to explore and it’s very popular for swimming and surfing. It is separated from its neighbour, Booby’s Bay, to the north, by a thin rocky point; bordered by a large rocky reef to the south and backed by a network of sand dunes. It’s only a short walk to Treyarnon Bay a north-west facing sandy cove surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes. Another popular family beach offering an expanse of fine sand at low water with plenty of nooks to discover.
Further along the coast, Mother Ivey’s Bay is a quiet beach cushioned from the wind by the Merope Rocks, ideal for both summer sandcastles and romantic winter walks.
Located to the south of Trevose Head and to the north of Harlyn Bay is Trevone Bay, a gently shelving, sandy beach surrounded by cliffs and suitable for intermediate and experienced surfers. Harlyn Bay is considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall, wide and spacious with plenty of interesting rock pools backed by dunes and situated on the eastern side of Trevose Head. With its reputation as one of the safer beaches in the county, the crescent shaped bay is popular with novice surfers who can learn to master the waves with surf schools who run sessions from the beach.
Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families. The sandy beach opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs.
It’s 5 miles and less than a ten minute drive over to Padstow, with it’s world class restaurants and cafes. Rick Stein has several establishments in the pretty harbour town; from his flagship The Seafood Restaurant, offering fresh fish and shellfish and a seafood bar, to St Petroc’s Bistro, serving classic bistro dishes and well-aged steaks with a snug bar and lounge. Rick Stein’s Café serves freshly cooked breakfasts, light lunches and relaxed dinners and in nearby St Merryn, he also has The Cornish Arms, which serves British pub food, real ales and great wines and has a large beer garden.
Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 has many accolades; listed in the 2013 Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants in the UK and voted number 36 of the top 100 restaurants in the country by Restaurant Magazine at The National Restaurant Awards 2012. The Sunday Times listed it at number 50 in their list of Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2012 and they were awarded their first Michelin star in the 2013 Michelin Guide.
Paul also recently took over ownership of Rojano’s in the Square serving the best of Italian-influenced cuisine at affordable prices.
The stretch of the South West Coast Path from Padstow to Porthcothan offers relatively easy walking. Highlights along the way include the views from Stepper Point with its navigation station; spotting nesting birds on limestone layers of Marble Cliffs at Porthmissen; Round Hole near Trevone: a collapsed sea cave; Trevose Head Lighthouse -opened in 1847; and the marine life of Treyarnon Bay exposed at low tide.
With so much to see and do in the area, it’s no wonder Constantine Bay has become a firm favourite for regular holidaymakers to Cornwall. Take a look at our luxury holiday homes in Constantine Bay and discover this stretch of coast for yourself.