Beaches in Cornwall, Daymer Bay, with lots of families

In this post about beaches in Cornwall we’re looking at Daymer Bay.

Daymer Bay is a sheltered, sandy and gently sloping beach near the village of Trebetherick, Rock, Polzeath, Wadebridge and Padstow.

A great beach for young children

Being on the eastern shore of the River Camel Estuary Daymer Bay doesn’t experience the big surf of the beaches directly facing the Atlantic. It’s therefore great for younger children who can paddle and swim in the calm shallow water.

There are also shallow rock pools to explore and plenty of sand for sand castles and games. It’s one of the beaches in Cornwall that’s very popular with young families.

Easy access and lots of parking

There  is a huge pay car park that’s reached via a narrow road called Daymer Lane. It’s right next to the beach with a short flight of steps down to the sand. The postcode for your sat nav is PL27 6SA.

Shop, café and toilets

Unlike some of the other more off the beaten track beaches in Cornwall, Daymer Bay has facilities that make it a destination you can spend the whole day at. There’s a shop, café and toilets in the car park.

Windsurfing, kitesurfing and canoeing

With it’s relatively calm waters Daymer Bay is popular with canoeists, windsurfers and kitesurfers. Even if you’re not into those pursuits they’re great to watch, especially when the breeze is up.

Great for walking

From Daymer you can follow the cliff top coast path to Rock in one direction and along a headland path, known as Greenaways, to Polzeath in the other. There are stunning views all the way. At low tide it’s also possible to walk along the beach all the way to Rock. If you have a dog they are welcome on both Daymer Bay and Rock beaches.

Overlooking the beach is Brea Hill. With a short, relatively easy climb up the footpaths you’ll get an amazing view up and down the River Camel Estuary and out to sea.

Dogs on Daymer Bay beach

Dogs are allowed on Daymer Bay beach all year round. You can either park at Daymer Bay or set off with your dog towards Daymer Bay from Rock or Polzeath. Pop into the Blue Tomato at Rock and you’ll find a doggy menu, featuring a variety of dog treats.

Sand dunes and St Enodoc Church

At the back of the beach are sand dunes and a short walk takes you to St Enodoc Church where the poet Sir John Betjeman is buried.

For us Daymer Bay has always been a must visit beach when we are in Cornwall. Whilst it’s a wide open space, especially at low tide, it feels more peaceful and secluded than beaches like Polzeath.

Celebrities you might bump into

There are no shortage of celebrities you might bump into at Daymer Bay, or indeed Rock and Polzeath beaches. For example Gordon Ramsey was chatting to my brother in law and nephew in 2017 about inflatable boats, in 2016 Jo Wiley was sitting on the beach next to us and actor, Damien Lewis, was wandering along the beach. In 2017 David Cameron bought a holiday home in the village of Trebetherick perched just above Daymer Bay.