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Constantine Bay

A beach about half way between Mawgan Porth and Padstow, in Cornwall. In our quest to try more beaches, after Crantock, we tried Constantine Bay, and this is what it is like.

I wanted to get some surfing done, and it was flat in Newquay, and I’d heard it was more for advanced surfers here, so we tried here. It must have been the only place in North Cornwall with any waves! They were pretty choppy though, and although big waves, they were crashing right on the shore, so I was stuck in sand by the time I’d stood up! It was good fun though being in strong waves.

This isn’t a beach for beginners though – there weren’t even flags and there was a sign saying no swimming in the area where the waves were. Weirdly, further up the beach it was as calm as anything and there was a life-guarded area for swimming. It’s another lovely long beach; much less chavvy than at Newquay, and a mass of rock pools and warm puddles for the kids to play in.

The big drawback for this beach – where the flipping hell are you supposed to park?? There is a mini car park (with toilets) right by the beach; which is great if you get there at the crack of dawn. We got there at 5pm and were lucky and got someone leaving, but it was a bit of wait and I suspect you would have had zero chance of a space at 10am. So where do you park? There’s a narrow lane going into the village where we spotted several cars parked on grass verges. But sod parking right up there and carrying a whole day’s beach stuff, body boards, fishing nets, towels etc etc whilst stopping the kids from getting run over, all the way down. If there’s a secret car park and path I don’t know of; please let me know!

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