Wild Swimming, Cornwall: Treyarnon Bay Tidal Pool

Treyarnon Bay tidal pool isn’t my first venture into natural sea pool swimming. When I think about it, I’ve experienced quite a few: Bude Sea Pool, Porthtowan, Perranporth and Nanjizal. I only wish I’d written about them all individually. I guess I can go back and have another dip in them all!

grey rocks and the sea at under a blue and cloudy sky

There’s something special about finding a tidal pool. It’s like discovering a little haven that, with any luck, you can enjoy to yourself. It’s not so much the case in peak season, though.

Getting to Treyarnon Bay

Treyarnon Bay is between Padstow and Mawgan Porth, on north Cornish coast. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a beautiful beach with fine sand and bright sea. As it’s a north westerly spot, it’s a good beach for surfing. It’s also suitable for families and is accessible for those who need some assistance.

Getting to Treyarnon Bay means driving down a narrow road. Admittedly, this makes some people twitchy but if you’re visiting Cornwall, this is quite common. It was fine on the day I headed down but I can imagine many gridlock situations in the height of summer.

a yellow sanded beach and green cliffs

As far as I know, there’s only one pay and display car park at Treyarnon Bay which is basically at the end of the road. I paid £5.00 for the day. I didn’t think this was too bad considering how much parking is in other parts of Cornwall. I made the most of it as well.

Treyarnon Bay

The beach itself is rather lovely. Despite being Cornish, I’m pretty sure this stretch of coast is new to me. Given its apparent beauty, I wish I’d come here sooner.

What took me so long?

Treyarnon Bay beach with soft yellow sand and a cliff in the distance

With fine golden sand that ebbs into dunes at the back of the beach, Treyarnon Bay has something for everyone. As it’s on the north coast of Cornwall, surfing happens here. There’s good facilities too, including a public toilet (you have to pay to spend a penny) and the Coastal Cafe, serving hot food, churros and coffee. With all the low rocks, Treyarnon is also a wonderful place for children to explore and discover local wildlife in all the rockpools that are waiting for their curious minds.

Not only that, it’s a dog friendly beach all year round. Lifeguards patrol here from the beginning of May until the end of September.

Treyarnon Bay Tidal Pool

I didn’t have to worry about finding Treyarnon Bay tidal pool – it was so easy!

Staying on the side of the car park, walk past Treyarnon Bay Youth Hostel and you’ll see it amongst the low rocks. Obviously, the time to visit is low tide, or a few hours either side. The rocks are submerged at high tide.

You can check for tide times here.

Treyarnon Bay tidal pool with a few people sat on the edge and the sea in the background
Treyarnon Bay Tidal Pool

Treyarnon Bay tidal pool is a breeze to access. I took a route that looked fuss free and near some jutting rocks. It was just a case of walking down the sloping terrain. It was compared to accessing some other coveted spots in Cornwall. As I was leaving, some people came down another way. It was fine but it took them longer. It seems a childhood of ambling on rocks has paid off!

I changed by Treyarnon Bay tidal pool and braced myself for a rapid entry. The sea pool at Chapel Rock, Perranporth requires you to go all in. Thankfully, I changed by a slope and was able to gradually a climatise to the water.

a woman in The Great Cornish Outdoors in a tidal pool at Treyarnon Bay

Given the terrible weather we’ve had in Cornwall recently, I didn’t find it too much of a shock. It’s gradually warming up now, thankfully. Treyarnon tidal pool isn’t that deep and in a lot of places I could stand (I’m 5ft 3″). At its deepest, it’s about 8 feet, apparently.

Treyarnon Bay tidal pool

In a nutshell – Treyarnon Bay Tidal Pool

As you may have gathered I’ve definitely developed a love for sea swimming. I’ve even dipped my toe into swimming events (well, just the one, actually). There’s no doubt, sea swimming is tough in winter but it’s so worth it. While it’s easier to stay local (and it’s so convenient), finding these tidal pools and quieter spots to take a dip is truly wonderful. I’m not sure how quiet they will be in peak season but don’t let that deter you. It’s satisfying making the discovery and enjoying it for yourself.

You can read about my tips for adapting to sea swimming all year round in this post.

Author: plbedford

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