Daymer Bay is an explorer’s paradise as it’s the gateway to the Camel Estuary that flows into the Atlantic.
If you want to indulge in a spot of kayak surfing then the right hand point break off the rocky headland offers gentle beginner type waves for the majority of the year – although on huge surf days this turns on and has been compared to the waves of Indonesia!
If you venture further out to sea then you will come across the infamous Doom Bar which is a sand bar in the mouth of the estuary that can chuck up some serious wave action on its day.
Paddling round the headland towards Polzeath there are plenty of rock gullies to inspect and, if you’re really up for it, then you can continue on to Polzeath itself or head across the Camel to Padstow in the opposite direction.
In all instances make sure you know the tide times and be aware that ferocious currents flow in and out of the estuary.
Daymer’s sandy beach is great for family members who want to relax and soak up some sunshine and is great for wee ones who fancy building sand castles and having fun.
If you turn up on a windy day then Daymer Bay is transformed from a tranquil beach into a windsurf and kitesurf paradise. It’s usually best to head elsewhere for a more sheltered paddle at these times.
How to get there:
Follow signs to Wadebridge (A39) then take B3314 toward Dunders Hill. Continue straight before turning left at SW Coast Path sign. Follow signs for Daymer Bay.
A car park is located at the northern Trebetherick end of the beach and boasts refreshment and toilet facilities. Daymer Bay is also a dog friendly beach.
The tidal flows in and out of the Camel Estuary can be particularly fierce. On its day big and powerful waves break across the bay and aren’t for the faint hearted.
Boat traffic should always be given a wide berth and on windy days windsurfers and kitesurfers can be found blasting about.
Ins and Outs:
Launching and landing is easy. Simply park your car and drag your sit on kayak down to the water’s edge. The wide sandy beach means wet suit booties are not required.
The famous ale – Doom Bar – is named after the sand bar out in the middle of the Camel Estuary and is brewed locally.
If you’re the keen cycling type then there are some fabulous trails located nearby.
The Poet Laureate John Bejamin is buried in St Enodc churchyard which is located at the south end of the beach.
For foody types, Rick Stein has his famous restaurant and delicatessen located just across the water in Padstow.
Daymer Bay is a secluded little bay that nestles at the mouth of the Camel Estuary on Cornwall’s north coast and is a stone’s throw away from the picturesque fishing village of Rock and the popular surfing spot of Polzeath. The nearest town is Wadebridge.