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Explore the 5 Best Surfing Spots in Cornwall | Adventure Yogi

Ah Cornwall – a surfer’s paradise nestled along the rugged coastline of southwestern England and one of our all time favourite destinations in the UK. With its stunning beaches, picturesque cliffs, and consistent waves, Cornwall offers some of the best surfing experiences in the UK. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to catch your first wave, Cornwall has something for everyone. Check out our top 5 surfing spots in Cornwall, where you can ride the waves and soak up the beauty of this enchanting region.


1. Fistral Beach, Newquay

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach is renowned as one of the UK’s premier surfing destinations, attracting surfers from around the world. With its consistent swell and long sandy beach, Fistral offers ideal conditions for all levels of surfers. Beginners can take advantage of the gentle waves near the shore, while more experienced surfers can head to the famous Cribbar reef break for bigger swells.

How to get there: You can easily reach Newquay by car, train, or bus from major cities like London and Bristol. Once in Newquay, Fistral Beach is just a short walk or drive from the town centre.

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2. Watergate Bay

Location: 3 miles from Newquay

Watergate Bay is another top surfing spot near Newquay, known for its wide sandy beach and consistent waves. The beach is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, making it an ideal destination for both surfing and kiteboarding. With plenty of amenities, including surf schools and beachside cafes, Watergate Bay offers a fantastic surfing experience for surfers of all levels.

How to get there: Watergate Bay is located just a few miles north of Newquay and is easily accessible by car or bus. If you’re driving, you’ll find parking available near the beach. Alternatively, you can take a scenic coastal walk from Newquay to Watergate Bay along the South West Coast Path.


3. Sennen Cove

Location: Near Land’s End, Cornwall

Sennen Cove is a picturesque surfing beach located near the western tip of Cornwall, known for its stunning scenery and consistent waves. The beach faces west into the Atlantic Ocean, making it exposed to swells from the Atlantic, ideal for surfing year-round. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, Sennen Cove offers something for everyone, with surf schools and rental shops available on-site.

How to Get There: Sennen Cove is located near Land’s End, approximately 8 miles southwest of Penzance. You can reach Sennen Cove by car via the A30 and A3071 roads. There is parking available near the beach, as well as bus services from nearby towns like Penzance and St Ives.


4. Porthtowan Beach

Location: Near St Agnes, Cornwall

Porthtowan Beach is a hidden gem nestled between towering cliffs on Cornwall’s north coast. Known for its powerful waves and consistent surf, Porthtowan attracts surfers seeking adrenaline-pumping rides. The beach is popular with both locals and visitors alike, offering excellent surfing conditions year-round. After a day of surfing, you can relax and unwind at one of the beachside cafes or pubs overlooking the ocean.

How to Get There: Porthtowan Beach is located near the village of St Agnes, approximately 9 miles southwest of Newquay. You can reach Porthtowan by car via the A30 and B3285 roads. Parking is available near the beach, and there are also bus services from nearby towns like Truro and Redruth.



5. Polzeath Beach

Location: Near Wadebridge, Cornwall

Polzeath Beach is a popular surfing destination located on Cornwall’s north coast, known for its consistent waves and stunning scenery. The beach offers a variety of surf breaks suitable for all levels of surfers, from gentle rollers for beginners to challenging reef breaks for experts. With its wide sandy beach and vibrant surf culture, Polzeath is the perfect place to catch some waves and soak up the laid-back coastal atmosphere.

How to Get There: Polzeath Beach is located near the town of Wadebridge, approximately 20 miles northwest of Newquay. You can reach Polzeath by car via the A39 road, with parking available near the beach. Additionally, there are bus services from nearby towns like Padstow and Bodmin.

Cornwall offers some of the most spectacular surfing experiences in the UK, with its stunning beaches, consistent waves, and breathtaking scenery. Whether you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave or an experienced surfer seeking thrilling rides, Cornwall has something for everyone. So pack your board, soak up the surf culture, and ride the waves in Cornwall’s pristine waters. And if you’re looking to combine your love for surfing with the tranquility of yoga, why not join us for one of our Cornwall yoga retreats? Immerse yourself in the beauty of Cornwall’s coastline, rejuvenate your body and mind with daily yoga sessions, and experience the ultimate surf and yoga getaway. Book your retreat today and embark on a journey of wellness and adventure in this stunning coastal paradise!