Harlyn is a small village a few hundred meters inland from Harlyn Bay, three miles from Padstow and about a mile from St. Merryn.
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with stunning beaches and coastal walks, Harlyn Bay is an ideal spot for a quiet, self catering holiday.
During the day
Well sheltered and offering surfing suitable for novices, Harlyn Bay is a popular beach for families.
The West Country Coast Path is just a few hundred meters from the village and provides the opportunity to see some breath taking scenery. Heading west along the path takes you up onto the cliff tops around Mother Ivey’s Bay, with its Lifeboat station tucked into the western corner.
Continuing, you will come to the Trevose Head lighthouse with beautiful views out to sea. As you pass, keep an eye on the coves below for seals and a little further out, you may spot dolphins.
As you continue round the headland and you will come to Constantine bay, a stunning dog friendly beach. West facing, this is the beach the more experienced surfers will seek out.
Passing the golf club, you can complete the loop on the footpaths and lanes back to the village.
If golf is your pleasure, you have Trevose Golf and Country Club, a fine links course, just a drive and a wedge away from your front door.
Eating, drinking & catering
In the village, you have The Harlyn Inn, a family friendly pub offering a good choice of beers, wines and in-expensive meals.
A short walk away in St Merryn, is The Cornish Arms owned by Rick Stein where you can expect good food, some of St Austell Brewery’s best ales and a great selection of wines. Well behaved dogs are welcome too.
A little further afield is Padstow. If you enjoy eating out then there is little to rival the choice and quality on offer here. TV chef Rick Stein runs a number of fantastic eateries in the town, including the Seafood Restaurant and Stein's Cafe.
Padstow has a great mix of traditional and contemporary, boutique style shops and a selection of art galleries.
If you are eating in, then you also have a good selection of food shops and a supermarket.
If you want to get a feel for some of the history of the area, the Ordnance Survey map (106) will be a great help with burial grounds and the remains of St Constantine’s Church marked.
Archaeologically, it is an important site for artefacts, some of which can be seen in the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.
Wonderfully remote as Cornwall feels, you are never far from the main access routes including the A39 which runs up the north coast and the A30 linking Lands’ End to the M5 and A303.
The nearest station is at Bodmin.