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A dramatic and rugged coastline with an abundant variety of wildlife

This spectacular stretch of coastline offers fine views and hidden delights. Heading north from Polzeath discover Pentire Point and The Rumps, views of which inspired First World War poet Lawrence Binyon.

Mining for lead once provided local communities with employment but now the long deserted mine shafts are home to the greater horseshoe bat. It's possible to catch a glimpse of them as they emerge from their roosts deep below the cliffs.

Lundy Bay nestles alongside Epphaven Cove and sits in a secluded valley that thrives with rich flora and fauna. This tranquil spot is perfect for bird watching and is a haven for butterflies and wild flowers. Explore Port Quin and Port Gaverne, both of which were once bustling fishing ports but can now offer you tranquillity and the charm of their preserved historic environment.

Big Beach Picnic

Sat 4 July, 12noon - 4pm

Pentireglaze-Haven, New Polzeath

A brilliant one-off day out in celebration of the North Cornwall coast. Bring along a picnic and join in the fun.

There'll be lots going on including a sand sculpture competition, rock pool rambles, beach games and craft tent.

Coastal Festival 2015

Celebrate the North Cornwall coast this year with the Coastal Festival. 300 miles of coast in the South West to explore, over 200 events, £1million to raise (in order to care for the coast for just one year) and lots of ways to get involved.

Meet Trust staff who work around the coast, and enjoy a bird's eye view of some of the places we look after here.

Summer walks

Blow the cobwebs away whilst enjoying a 3-mile route - it's an exploration of Pentire Point taking in views of the Rumps as well as Pentireglaze Haven beach. If you're looking for a more gentle stroll, then why not try a 1-mile walk at Lundy Bay?

50 things to do

Pay a visit to the coastline between Polzeath and Port Quin and start ticking off your 50 things to do. You could explore the  footpaths using a map and compass or look out for sea birds, such as guillemots.

Tide times

Plan your trip in advance by checking the tide times. Please note that they are only predictions. It is easy for the tides to take us by surprise so we suggest that you double check what time high tide is before you go exploring.

Where to park

There are National Trust car parks at Port Quin and Lundy Bay, as well as the Lead Mines car park at Pentireglaze, near New Polzeath. The nearest toilet facilities are in Polzeath village.

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