Get amongst the waves and enjoy these great Cornish surfing beaches

Whilst staying with Outdoor Adventure it’s always best to enjoy the things that make this county truly great, whether that’s enjoying a delicious pasty or exploring some of the many heritage sights that are dotted throughout Cornwall.When it comes to summer though we think the best thing about Cornwall is the amazing beaches. The golden sands and the ocean just do something to us down here at Outdoor Adventure and to experience the ocean to the fullest, surfing has to be one of the best activities to do that.

So wax up a surfboard and jump into the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the amazing surf at one of the Cornish beaches we have listed below.


Widemouth Bay


Let’s start with the beach that is right on the doorstep of Outdoor Adventure, Widemouth Bay. We may be a tad bias but this great beach has everything you need whether you are taking a board out for the first time or whether you’re just brushing up on your skills, which is why we head to this beach with our guests on our activity holidays.


Harlyn Bay


This northern facing beach is a great place when the main spots have big swell and lots of wind, a beautiful little cove that has carpark situated right next to it. The swell is always a little smaller here making it ideal for beginners and with it being three miles away from Padstow, it makes it the ideal place to sample some of the Cornish ocean’s tastiest dinners.




This is basically a Cornish version of Malibu; surfers have swarmed to this area for years with salty barefooted people roaming the streets becoming commonplace. You can see great views of this beach from the cliff top, where you can suss out the best place for you to surf. The waves vary here, and it’s not uncommon to see a variety of surf conditions throughout the day. Head to the Oystercatcher for a post surf meal, ales and live music.




In the summer this beach can, at first look, appear chaotic due to how busy it can be. Don’t be put off though, if you head here after high tide the beach gets dramatically bigger as the tide drops and south of the main beach you will find ‘Lushingtons’ which opens the beach up further where you will find many waves for beginners. A day here is almost always followed up with a visit to the Watering Hole Beach Bar to fill those empty stomachs.


Towan Beach


When people think of Newquay and surfing they automatically think Fistral, but if you follow the headland north you will come across Towan beach in the harbour next to the centre of Newquay. This is another beach to head to when the waves start to get bigger on the main breaks and provides a mellow left hand wave suitable for all levels. You may even bump into one of the neighbourhood seals that frequent the area.



The ocean is extremely dangerous even for experts so when going for a surf be sure to not go on your own, always let someone know where you are going and if in doubt, don’t go out!



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Mum from Cornwall making waves on the pro surfing circuit


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