St George's Bay
St. George's Cove is a small cove situated just below the ruined Napoleonic fortifications at Gun Point on the west bank of the Camel Estuary, near Padstow in North Cornwall.
It gets its name from St. George's Holy Well sited just above the cove.
The sheltered beach consists of fine pale golden sand and faces northeast across the estuary to Daymer Bay and Rock. At low tide the beach stretches south as far as the low water ferry terminal at St. Saviour's Point, below the war memorial.
Nearest parking is the Harbour car park in the centre of Padstow and this can get full very quickly in high season. It may be best to park on the outskirts of Padstow and walk down through the town to the beach.
Swimming is not advised due to strong currents offshore in the estuary and the beach is not really suitable for snorkelling. Due to its sheltered position, the beach has little surf so surfing is best undertaken on the beaches to the west such as Trevone, Harlyn Bay and Treyarnon.
St George's Cove offers fine walks south along the coast path to Padstow, or north towards Hawker's Cove and ultimately Stepper Point with its characteristic daymark tower.
There is a seasonal dog ban from Easter until the start of October, and no other facilities.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
✘ No swimming
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