The Elixir Series: Untameable North Cornwall
Welcome to the Elixir Series, a space where we’ll be sharing all the wonders of the outdoors, from the best surf spots in Wales to the charming lidos that lie within cityscapes, a place to come when you crave adventure but don’t know where to go next.
First up in the series is North Cornwall, home to rugged moorland, turquoise waters, historic sites and many diverse beaches, this magical part of the county is known for it’s areas of outstanding natural beauty and boasts some of the best wild swimming spots in the country.
1.Trevone Sea Pool
One of the larger sea pools on the coast, Trevone’s pool is easy to get to (5 minute walk from the beach car park or via south west coastal path) and is best on the outgoing tide, plus it’s close to the beach cafe for a bite to eat after your dip!
2. Porthtowan Tidal Pool
A hidden gem that’s only accessible at low tide, this tidal pool is an easy short-walk from the beach or a climb via the cliff steps (steps don’t reach all the way down so can be quite the trek!), this place will take your breath away.
3.Sea Pool Bude
Welcoming dippers since the 1930’s, Bude’s infamous semi-natural sea pool is best at low tide, offering a peaceful place to get your buzz, and can be accessed via two points; the carpark or the clifftop path. Maintained by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP) charity, you’ll find yourself amongst a wonderful community of friendly locals keen to share their town with you.
4. Lundy Bay, Polzeath
A serene beach nestled between Polzeath and Port Isaac, best at low tide due to the beach becoming rocky at high tide. The carpark is small so we recommend getting here early, a 10-15 minute walk down from the carpark and a climb over a few rocks later, you’ll find yourself stood on sand that carries on for what feels like miles. Some days you’ll feel as though you’re the only person in the world on this beautiful bay.
5. St Nectan’s Kieve, Tintagel
Located near the village of Tintagel, St. Nectan's Glen is a magical place that's steeped in legend and folklore. The glen is home to a stunning waterfall that cascades over a series of rocks and into a deep plunge pool, creating the perfect spot for a refreshing swim. The water is cold, but invigorating, and the surrounding woodland and rock formations make for a truly enchanting experience.
6. Chapel Rock Tidal Pool, Perranporth
Accessible either side of low-tide, this 20th century tidal pool is one of Cornwall’s infamous swim spots, known for being a safe haven for families and visitors to enjoy. Once you arrive at Perranporth you won’t miss it, just look for the big rock in the middle of the beach, where your pool awaits.
7. Port Gaverne
Port Gaverne is a charming fishing village that's located just a few miles from the popular tourist destination of Port Isaac. The village is home to a sheltered cove that's perfect for swimming, with calm waters and a sandy beach that's ideal for families. There's also a cafe and pub nearby, making it a great spot to spend the day.
8. Rocky Pool, Portreath
Located at the eastern end of Portreath beach (next to the harbour wall), this tidal pool was created by local miners using dynamite to create a dam and is easily accessible through the nearby carpark. The deep green hues of this mermaid pool will blow you away and become a fast favourite on your wild swim list.
9. Trebarwith Strand
Popular amongst surfers, this long stretch of sandy untamed beach offers many rock pools and hidden caves to explore, while also enticing swimmers with it’s magical turquoise waters. Located just over two miles south-west of the historical village of Tintagel and close by to a pub and cafe, you’ll find yourself returning time after time to this slice of North Coast paradise.
From secluded coves to bustling beaches, there's magic for everyone. So, whether you're looking for a peaceful spot to embrace your inner-mermaid or a lively beach to soak up the sun, North Cornwall has it all. Just be sure to check the tide times and take care when swimming in the open sea. Happy swimming!