On the north coast of Cornwall is Lundy Bay, close to Polzeath and Port Isaac, it is a small sheltered rocky cove. The name is believed to come from the fact thta the cove faces Lundy Island in Devon some 80 miles away. Another explanation is that there were once puffins here and the ancient Norse name for these is Lundy.
At low tide, a beautiful sandy beach is revealed along with plenty of rock pools making great for families with kids. However, access to Lundy Bay involves a bit of a hike off the beaten track, through an open field into a stunning wooded valley which allows you to walk down to the beach via a sloping path or up to the cliff to take in the breathtaking views.
It’s a short but delightful walk to a tiny secluded cove – one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. The ideal spot for a picnic, with its sand and surf, waterfall and wildlife, and a spectacular collapsed sea cave. Tucked away beneath a rugged coastline exposed to Atlantic storms, Lundy Bay is a sheltered valley and its dense thickets of blackthorn, willow and hawthorn are swathed in thick braids of lichen, a sign of clean air.