Freddy’s Favourite 5: Tidal Pools in Cornwall


So the door might have just closed on a beautiful summer, but there's no reason why you shouldn't pack your swimmers for an autumn self catering Cornwall holiday.

The sea water's still surprisingly warm after this year's record temperatures and I know the perfect way to capitalise on this during your caravan holidays in Cornwall.

Why not discover and take a dip in the unique tidal pools dotted around the coast? Most remain well hidden, so I'm here to give you a guide of my favourite 5...


Bude Sea Pool

At a quick glance Bude Sea Pool could easily be mistaken for Bondi Beach's world famous tidal pool. Truth is this massive pool is a long way from Sydney – it's on the doorstep of Widemouth Bay Caravan Park!

Bude Sea Pool | Top 5 Tidal Pools In Cornwall

The part natural, part man-made lido was built in the 1930's and is carved below the cliffs at Summerleaze Beach.

It's a whopping 90m long and 45m wide, filling up twice daily during the high tides. The pool provides a safe swimming spot when the sea becomes rough, making it a must-visit for a family beach day out.


Chapel Rock, Perranporth

Set within the 3 mile stretch of golden sand near Perran View Holiday Park, on the southern side of Chapel Rock, is a small tidal bathing pool.

During the hot weather it's very popular with families – probably because the water can reach Mediterranean style temperatures.

You might have seen me jumping in there after coming out of the surf, it's great way to warm up after the cold walk up the beach!



My next tidal pool is close to Killigarth Manor Holiday Park, but not for the faint-hearted.

Polperro | Top 5 Tidal Pools In Cornwall

The rock pool is hidden beneath Chapel Cliffs, on the small sandy beach at Polperro. You'll need a head for heights to get down the steep carved steps, but for what you find at the bottom, it's worth it.

South-facing, the water is heated up throughout the day and is active for sea life, so remember those crab lines and nets.



Buried between the caves and gullies of Cornwall's north coast is Porthtowan's wild tidal pool.

Purple, turquoise and bright green seaweeds cling to the bottom, creating exciting colours in the sun.

Top Tip: Stand at the concrete wall for a great view of local surfers tearing up the surf. Remember to take a camera as the breaking waves make a wicked shot too!


Treyarnon Bay

Padstow is a super popular fishing town to visit from our holiday parks in Cornwall. You can team a day out here with a trip to Treyarnon Bay, another beach with a natural pool boasting Mediterranean temperatures with views to match.

Treyarnon Bay | Top 5 Tidal Pools In Cornwall

The large lido lies hidden in the rocks and fills up at high tide, maintaining water level throughout the day with a concrete built dam.

The spot is as popular with photographers as it is with families, using the stunning backdrop to create the perfect picture.

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