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Harlyn Surfing

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Surfing Harlyn on a South Westerly

The most sheltered bay for surf in the region.

Harlyn bay located just south of Padstow  offers ample parking and a wonderful golden stretch of sand.  The most sheltered bay for surf in the region.  The perfect Spring and Autumn location for surfing as it offers protection from strong southerly wind.  The beach is rather tidal dependent which affects the  surfing  conditions,  this can make it challenging for the novice surfer .  Usually the smallest spot in the area.

Surf Spot Quality

A faster and shorter wave particularly at low tide. As the tide gets higher the wave becomes a little easier with a longer length of ride.  Over large high tides wave becomes poorer in quality and rips become stronger especially in larger surf. Well suited for all surfers when conditions are good.

picks up south west, west and north west swells, however requires more swell than all other beaches often best in spring and autumn.

best wind from the south, south east and south west, however can be  ok on light easterleys.  Poor with any north in the wind.

best tides mid to high tide either on the drop or on the push.  Waves generally close out towards low tide.

Crowded all year round

Harlyn Bay is located off the B3276 coast road between Newquay and Padstow.  Approx 2 miles south of Padstow or 11 miles north of Newquay.  Post code: PL28 8SB

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Good sized rough surfaced car park with views of the beach.  During busy days further parking is available in neighbouring fields.

Toilets at far end of overspill car park.  The beach has Food for Thought for great snacks and meals Easter through to end Sept.  Additional provision of Ice cream vans on the beach, Harlyn Inn provides food and drink and further options in their beach shop.

Dogs are welcome on the beaches all year round.  With the provision of dog litter bins for all mess.

Lifeguards are provided by the RNLI Mid May to the end of Sept 10am to 6pm.

Surfing, bodyboarding, swimming  and access to the North Coast path.

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