The surf at Godrevy, Cornwall

Polzeath, North Cornwall 

Located on the northern coast, Polzeath’s gentle waves make it ideal for beginners. Low tide reveals a vast stretch of golden sand which, by sunset in the height of summer, turns into a real surfer’s hangout.

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National Trust Surf Ambassador surfing at Sandy Mouth, Cornwall

Porthleven, West Cornwall

Porthleven’s powerful swells are not for beginners. The right hand reef break produces fast, deep channel waves. To the left there’s a smaller reef break producing less powerful waves. If these are too daunting, head nearby Praa Sands, which handles smaller swells in the right conditions.

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Surfers walking towards the sea

Constantine Bay, North Cornwall

The northern coastline of Cornwall, close to Padstow, is made up of lots of small bays, making it perfect for mini-surfers. For the biggest swells though, head to Constantine Bay where waves break left and right in mid and high tides. If the surf is inconsistent here, you’re guaranteed better swells in surfer’s paradise Newquay, which is only a 30 minute drive.

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