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This most eastern tip of the north Cornwall coast offers vast beaches and hidden delights

This stretch of coast between Bude and Morwenstow is one of Cornwall's wild and dramatic corners with a character all of its own. You'll find beaches such as Sandymouth, perfect for rockpooling or surfing, and backdrops of sheer cliffs made of stony clay rock.

Whether you're looking for a short stroll or a more challenging walk there are many exhilarating coastal walks to enjoy.

Learn more about the intriguing history of vibrant local characters such as the Reverend R.S. Hawker, the vicar of Morwenstow and the Grenville family, owners of a fine mansion that stood for 60 years at Stowe Barton.

Explore valleys with sheltered woodlands full of lichen and discover coastal grasslands, as well as many flowers such as thrift and sea campion. There are rock pools aplenty along this stretch of coast with colourful creatures to spot, and not forgetting the chance of catching sight of a dolphin or basking shark out to sea, or a peregrine falcon or buzzard overhead.

Winter walks

Blow the cobwebs away and explore our suggested three-mile route starting from the Rectory Tearooms. This circular walk at Morwenstow takes in the coast as well as the Tidna Valley. If you're looking for a more gentle stroll then this one-mile walk might be just what you're after.

Tide times

It's easy for the tides to take us by surprise so it's advisable to check what time high tide is before you arrive.

Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the beach access point.

50 things to do

Pay a visit to this stretch of the Cornish coastline and start ticking off your 50 things today. You can explore footpaths using a map and compass or go bird watching. Why not spend the day at Sandymouth beach where you can skim stones, explore a rock pool or fly a kite.

Where to park

There are National Trust car parks at Sandymouth, Duckpool and Northcott beaches. Parking is also available at Morwenstow. Seasonal charges may apply to non-NT members. If visiting the beach it's a good idea to check the tide times.

Sandymouth café

Sandymouth café (National Trust concession) is now closed for the winter. It will be opening between 27 December and 1 January serving tasty snacks and hot drinks. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating.

Get involved

Volunteer scrub bashing at Sandymouth in North Cornwall

Want to meet new people and spend a day out in the fresh air? The local rangers offer a variety of opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. From scrub bashing to beach cleans, we'd love you to join us and help to make a real difference.

Email us or call 01288 331372 for more information.

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