Holywell is a small coastal village on the north coast of Cornwall, 3 miles from Newquay, where the bay very much takes precedent. The iconic Gul Rock sits out to the left of the bay, creating a distinctive landscape – and the rolling dunes mean you’re usually able to find a sheltered spot of sand all year round. The long stretch of sand and azure waters make for a stunning location – so stunning that you may recognise it as a filming spot from the BBC’s Poldark!
The beach is dog-friendly all year round, making it the perfect place to tire your four-legged friend out before returning to your retreat. During the warmer months, lifeguards keep a close watch over this family-friendly beach, so kids (big and small) can play in the waters safely. Wander off the beach and into the village to find a local shop, and the 13th Century thatched pub serving excellent pub classics and local ales, or hop in the car or a taxi and reach Newquay in under 15 minutes.
If you want to be somewhere a bit more rural and peaceful without missing out on the action of Newquay, Holywell Bay is ideal for you. You can be in Newquay in 15 minutes if you hop in the car, or if you want to make a day of it then walk the coastal footpath and take in the dramatic scenery, the beautiful beaches and see Newquay from a new perspective – it is a long walk though, so you may want to jump on a bus or in a taxi back!
Newquay has loads to offer, with a huge choice of eateries (Jamie Oliver’s 15, The Fish House and Kahuna.), beaches (Fistral, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze.) and shops, as well as a zoo and aquarium to keep little ones happy on the odd rainy day! A perfect location to explore the surfing town, Holywell equally is home to everything you could need from your Cornish holiday, with little need to get in the car if you’d rather not. Order a supermarket delivery, barbecue on the beach and stroll the coastal footpath for a back to basics relaxing retreat.
Staying in Holywell Bay, you, of course, have the stunning beach of the same name on your doorstep. With lifeguards on duty from the end of May through until the end of September, a local shop nearby and a pub to grab lunch in, you needn’t look further for a beach to spend a day relaxing on.
However, we all know variety is the spice of life and this stretch of coastline has plenty to discover. To the west, discover the three-mile stretch of Perranporth and the only bar on the beach in the UK, The Watering Hole. To the east – where do we start? The first beach next door to Holywell Bay is Polly Joke – a smaller, slightly more secluded beach, with no lifeguards and not as many people.
Continue towards Newquay to find Crantock, a massive beach when the tide is out that sits at the mouth of the Gannel estuary, before coming across Fistral, Towan and the rest of the sandy Newquay sprawl.
Although Holywell Bay village is small, you have a choice of eateries within walking distance – The Treguth Inn or the St Piran’s Inn. Both serve excellent local beer and spirits and a great selection of traditional pub grub that will please all tastes!
In the surrounding area you are absolutely spoilt for choice, with Newquay and it’s many different cuisines from Mexican to Australian, or Perranporth, with seafront restaurants serving food and cocktails to die for. Be sure to explore the local area and find your own favourites, but we love Jamie Oliver’s 15 at Watergate Bay, or the Lakeside Cafe, next to Newquay’s boating lake which offers unexpectedly fine dining.
You should also take the time to dine at Perranporth’s The Summerhouse – it only opened in the summer of 2018 and is already getting a great reputation.