Hawker's Cove lies about a mile and a half north of Padstow in North Cornwall. Despite its proximity to Padstow it is overlooked by many of the casual day visitors who tend to gravitate to Rock and Daymer Bay across the estuary.
The beach of fine golden sand faces east. It looks across to Daymer Bay and Pentire Point and is flanked to the north by Stepper Point and to the south by Gun Point, with its Napoleonic fortifications.
Hawker's Cove is best accessed by walking up past the war memorial and following the coast path north around Gun Point. At low tide there is plenty of space to enjoy and there is also a small tea garden for hot and cold drinks, ice creams, cream teas and small snacks near the Coastguard Cottages about 200 yards away. An alternative route is via Crugmeer to Lellizzick Farm with its car park in a field.
The beach is backed by the old lifeboat house, The first Padstow lifeboat, was kept at Hawker’s Cove with a new boathouse constructed in 1931 complete with a roller slipway. By the 1960s however, silting was becoming a problem and in October 1967 the Padstow lifeboat relocated to a new boathouse and slipway at Trevose Head, a few miles to the west. The actor Edward Woodward lived at Hawker's Cove until his death in 2009.
There are no other facilities or lifeguard cover at Hawker's Cove.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Family friendly
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