From great sea view picnic spots to where to catch the last of the day’s rays, read on for where to go to make the most of Cornwall’s north coast sea views and get your fix of fresh Atlantic air.
Watch the sunset from Pentire Headland
Take in stunning panoramic views of the crashing Atlantic Ocean from Pentire peninsula in Newquay. Visit in the daytime to appreciate the carpets of flowers along this headland and keep a lookout for grey seals and peregrine falcons; or go along in the evening to stand on the promontory and watch as the sun sinks into the ocean and turns the sky fiery red.
Enjoy epic views from Wheal Kitty
An old tin mining site, Wheal Kitty mine closed in 1930 and is now a small business park on the cliffs above St Agnes and includes Finisterre, Canteen and Surfers Against Sewage. Past the business park, and along a little path, the vista suddenly opens up to a vast expanse of cliff top overlooking Trevaunance Cove and the Atlantic rollers out to sea. Walk down to either Trevaunance Cove or Trevellas Porth from here, or simply retrace your footsteps for a browse in the workshops and a coffee and cinnamon bun at Canteen!
Take in the views at Towan Head
At Towan Head, above Little Fistral beach in Newquay, an unusual eight sided building stands high on the brow of a hill. An old coastguard lookout station, the hut still provides a fantastic vantage point, surrounded as it is by ocean on three sides. Feel the force of nature as the waves crash spectacularly onto the rocks below and keep an eye out for seals and dolphins. Take a photo from inside the hut to beautifully frame the view through the arches and gain instant Instagram kudos!
Dinner with a view at Schooners
Overlooking Trevaunance Cove, Schooners has to have one of the best views on the north Cornish coast. At high tide the sea comes right up to the beachside restaurant wall, which is perched above the cove looking out across the sparkling sea. Offering simple yet delicious food, the menu changes daily according to that days’ haul of fresh fish and shellfish, and fresh produce; all sourced from Cornish suppliers and teamed
Walk the coast path from Droskyn Point
At Droskyn Point in Perranporth the views are simply spectacular. Sit on a bench at the Millenium sundial (which tells Cornish time) to gaze down the full length of Perranporth’s three mile beach and at the swell rolling in from the vast expanse of sea. A great place to enjoy a lunchtime pasty or merely sit and enjoy the peace and perspective. For more exceptional views set off along the stunning coastal walk to St Agnes from here.
A restaurant at the edge of the Atlantic
Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay is perched in a clifftop location at the very edge of the ocean. Soak up sublime views from the restaurant or terrace as you enjoy fresh seafood and classic dishes, or from the bar or fireside with a fine wine or barista coffee and cake. Food is served all day from 8am to 10pm, so you can breakfast by the breakers, take tea with a seascape or dine with captivating coastal views.
Picnic in the sand dunes
For a relaxed mealtime with the ultimate sea views, pack a picnic and dine in the dunes. Perranporth, Holywell Bay and Crantock all have huge sand dunes where you can find a sheltered spot and enjoy the views from your soft sandy seat. Take a blanket to sit on, a feast for the family, and perhaps a bottle of wine for the grown-ups; the children will love jumping the dunes and racing about in the best natural playground there is.
The best sea view self-catering properties from Duchy Holidays
A stylish three bedroom beachside apartment with sun terrace and spectacular views, located on the cliffside overlooking Perranporth beach.
Sleeps five guests. Ground floor apartment with garage, WiFi and sea-facing balcony.
A modern second floor cliff-side apartment with magnificent panoramic sea views from the living area and master bedroom.
Sleeps six guests. Second floor apartment with parking, WiFi and close to the beach.
A beautiful three-storey beach house with sweeping sea views, in an exceptional location in The Dunes development overlooking Perranporth beach.
Sleeps eight guests and welcomes dogs. With parking, WiFi and sea facing balcony.
A luxury second-floor apartment overlooking Perranporth’s beautiful huge sandy beach and sea with far-reaching views across the ocean.
Sleeps four. With parking, WiFi and sea-facing balcony.
A newly-built, reverse-level house tucked away in an elevated position within the sand dunes, five minutes' walk to the beach with views across the village and ocean!
Sleeps eight guests and welcomes dogs. With parking, garden and WiFi.
A light and bright second-floor apartment with spectacular beach and sea views from the living area and balcony, located moments from the beach.
Sleeps four guests. With parking, WiFi and sea-facing balcony.
If you're dreaming of waking up to sea views like these, then give us a call (or browse and book online) on 01872 572971 to find your little slice of beachside heaven. Choose from our wide range of stunning sea view self-catering holiday properties in Cornwall. From large family homes to luxury apartments and cosy cliff-side cottages.