A plum location, Daymer Bay is the quintessential Cornish holiday destination on the North Cornwall coast, which families have been enjoying for generations. Nestled on the protected Camel Estuary, this gently shelving sandy beach was voted one of the best beaches in the world and is popular for its safe bathing waters and sunbathing. Daymer is at once peaceful, exhilarating and magnificent, with wide, open spaces in which to be at one with nature.
Dog-friendly all year round, with access to the coastal paths towards Rock and Polzeath. Daymer Bay offers plenty of fun for all ages who enjoy bathing in the clear blue waters, whilst little children are keen to explore the many rock pools, build dams and splash in sun warmed shallow waters. On sunny days the little coves and dunes are sprinkled with families enjoying boules, cricket matches and tucking into seaside BBQs. There is nothing like lingering on Daymer beach to catch one of the glorious sunsets.
The remains of a 4,400 year old ancient forest were recently discovered on Daymer beach, which only becomes visible at very low tides. Trunks of pine and oak as well as possibly beech and yew, and several rooted tree stumps, Neolithic shell middens and fossil soils containing snails, some now rare or extinct in Cornwall, were exposed after recent storms.
Daymer Bay also holds great appeal for wind and kite surfers when conditions are right, and is the magnificent backdrop to the championship St. Enodoc Golf Course, reputed to be one of the best courses in the South West of England. A short walk across the 18-hole course you will find the delightful St. Enodoc Church, with its distinctively crooked 13th Century steeple. The church was once buried in the sand, and is now the resting place of Sir John Betjeman.
With bronze-age burial mounds at the summit, the steep climb up Brea Hill is definitely worth the effort and will reward you with the most spectacular views of the Camel estuary and the infamous Doom Bar. A permanent sandbar at the mouth of the estuary, the Doom Bar has been the cause of many a shipwreck and is now immortalized as the flagship ale of Sharp’s Brewery.
A short walk around the coast path brings you to The Greenaway, one of the most stunning and dramatic places to stay in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The cliffs are awe-inspiring and keen eyes will be able to spot dolphins, seals and seabirds.
Perched above the sea and commanding exceptional views, the Greenaway is home to the St Moritz Hotel with its luxurious Cowshed Spa, restaurants, gym and pool facilities open to both residents and non-residents alike.