8 Things To Do in Harlyn Bay

Harlyn Bay, is a hidden coastal gem, brimming with activities for adventurous souls and just breathtaking natural beauty waiting to be explored.

Harlyn Bay Beach

If you are looking for a fun-filled day packed with unforgettable experiences Harlyn Bay is for you. 

1) Ride the Camel Trail:

Take a 20-minute drive down to Padstow, rent or use your own bike and ride along the Camel Trail. Offering endless views along the Camel Estuary, this bike ride is like no other, with undisturbed trees and wildlife on one side and the estuary on the other. This popular route is ideal for all, flat all the way to Wadebridge it’s perfect for family days out. There are over 3 bike hire units in Padstow, so you will be sure to always find something to ride! 

2) Learn to Surf in Polzeath with Wavehunters:

If you have spent a few days in Harlyn and fancy another beach for the day, head along to Polzeath and join Wavehunters for a surfing lesson with one of their highly experienced coaches. Or just fancy jumping in? Hire the equipment from Wavehunters with a friendly team ready to help guide you through the best kit for the conditions that day. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Polzeath offers the perfect wave for all with dreamy rights and endless white water.

3) Visit Retallack Water Sports:

Another great place to visit is Retallack Resort and Spa, a key destination for water sports enthusiasts located just 9 miles away from Harlyn Bay. Enjoy a day of Wakeboarding or Paddleboarding. Fancy something a bit more competitive, enjoy their inflatable aqua park which is suitable for all ages. Their friendly team gets everyone in the family to enjoy an activity. 

4) Explore Prideaux Place:

Fancy exploring some of Cornwall’s historic landmarks? Head to Prideaux Place, one of the West Country’s oldest houses remaining in habitable condition. Over fourteen generations of the Prideaux family have lived here and each generation has added its own contribution to the house and its magnificent garden. It sits above the busy harbour of Padstow and has some of the best views of the Camel Estuary to Rock and all the way to Bodmin Moor. A must-visit when staying in Harlyn Bay. 

5) Enjoy Beach Activities:

Big adventurous days out are not for everyone and sometimes all we want is a nice beach day. Harlyn with its soft sands, local cafes and easy parking is the perfect spot for a family day out. With its wide, sheltered beach, a sunny windy day can be enjoyed thoroughly here. It has endless rock pools to explore, and small streams to enjoy on those hot days. This beach is ideal for beginner Kayakers, surfers and paddle boarders with minimal water risk and lifeguards during the season. If you are not sure where to start, head to Harlyn Surf School, they can provide a large range of outdoor activities tailored to all skill levels, such as coasteering, surfing, SUP’ing, and Kayak tours.

6) Coastal Walks:

When visiting Cornwall, the coastal paths are a must to explore, whether you are running or walking, there are no other walks quite like it. From Harlyn Bay you can walk 7 miles towards Padstow with stop-offs at GunPoint, Steppers Point and Pentire Point. The rugged cliffs, dramatic rocks and beautiful turquoise water open you up to opportunities for wildlife spotting. With chances to see Dolphins, Gannets, Puffins and more. Get your walking boots on and explore!

7) Wavehunters Sea Safaris:

Now you have seen the view of the sea from land but how about viewing the coast from the sea? Truly experience how awe-inspiring the cliff faces really are from a Sea Safari with Wavehunters. Departing from Rock, Padstow or Port Isaac, cruise along in a 500hp RIB with a skipper and explore Cornwall’s rugged coastline. Spot Dolphins, Seals and an abundance of seabirds in their natural habitat, all while learning about the history behind the coast, from fishing to mining to smuggling. There are endless amounts to explore and the best part is our trips are suitable for all with longer and shorter trips for those who may not have complete sea legs just yet!

8) Indulge in Local Cuisine:

At this point your senses will have been indulged in the sights and sounds of the coast but not the taste. Treat yourself to the flavours of fresh Cornish food by dining at local cafes and restaurants in Harlyn Bay. Head to The Beach Box Cafe for delicious coffee and locally made sweet treats or head to the infamous ‘The Pig’ restaurant for freshly caught fish and locally sourced vegetables. You will not regret it. 

We cannot emphasise enough the true diversity of activities available in and around Harlyn Bay, catering to all interests and preferences from foodies to adventure seekers. Need a hand organising your time? Contact Wavehunters for all Surf, and Sea Safari activities, our local team will also be able to advise you on what to do and enjoy during your stay. Most importantly, just Get Out There!