Lundy Bay

Blackthorn blossom at Lundy Bay
View of Lundy Bay from the path
Lundy Bay at low tide
Lundy Bay at low tide
Surfing at Lundy Bay in North Cornwall
Surfers at Lundy Bay
Rockpool on the left of Lundy Bay
Rockpool at Lundy Bay
Coastline near Lundy Bay in North Cornwall
Coastline at Lundy Bay

Lundy Bayis situated on the east side of The Rumps headland and consists of 3 small beaches. The leftmost two are sometimes known as Lundy Beach and between them there is a collapsed cave, forming an arch opening onto the beach. At high tide, the beaches are rocky, but at low tide, beautiful golden sand is revealed.

Due to the north-facing bay and steep cliffs, it's quite sheltered from a southwesterly wind. The result is that when there is a good size swell, there can be some quite clean surf here near low tide when the westerly-facing beaches are blown out. The beach slopes more steeply than many of the west-facing surf beaches, so rides tend to be short.

On the left-hand side of the beach there are some good rockpools with impressively large anemonies, and if you want to forage for some seafood there are quite large mussels on the rocks at low tide.

The bay is relatively sheltered and faces NNW so when the surf is being blown out elsewhere by a southerly it can be a good option, particularly at low tide when there are long rolling breaks across the beach which can barrel.

The headlands surrounding the beach are covered with primroses in Spring and there are bluebells along the path during April and May. The path to the beach is surrounded by blackthorn trees. In Spring these are covered in white blossom, and in Autumn they have lots of sloes - handy if you fancy making Sloe Gin.

The beach can get quite crowded in the Summer holidays, especially when the tide is not all the way out and the beach is quite small so best either aim for low tide or go early/late in the day when fewer people are around.

Surf forecast for Lundy Bay

Tide times for Lundy Bay

The nearest tide reading is Port Isaac which is very similar.


Take B3314, turn off towards Polzeath. Take the right fork towards Pentireglaze. Almost immediately on the left is a small car park.

The footpath down to the beach is directly opposite the car park, marked with a Lundy Bay national trust sign. It's about a ten minute walk to the beach. The path joins the coast path (turn right) and then forks. Either fork will get you to the beach. The left fork (the high road) goes past a collapsed cave whilst the right fork (low road) leads through the trees.

There are steps down to the beach after which you need to scramble over a few boulders to reach the sand. If at the bottom of the steps you turn immediately right and walk down a gully starting beneath the steps, this is the shortest route to reach the sand.

Walks to Lundy Bay

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