by Jennifer Higginbotham January 07, 2021

Famous for its beach holidays during the height of summer, North Cornwall is fast becoming a year-round destination. A must for a visit at any time of year is to bask under a golden sky as the sun slips below the horizon out in The Atlantic.

Sure, summer is the time when you're most likely to have a clear sky and warm breeze for your sunset watching escapades, but autumn, winter and spring often bring the most dramatic sunsets. Bright pink and orange hues are common as the winter light bounces off nearby cloud cover.

Watching from the beach or clifftop will bring excellent viewing, but witnessing a sunset from the sea itself, whether surfing, swimming or kayaking brings a whole new perspective. Below are a few tips for where best to head to witness possibly the best sunset in the country.


Located near Padstow, Trevoneis a relatively sheltered beach next to a quiet village of the same name. At low tide there is plenty of sand exposed and a great area of rocky shore at the south end of the beach. Best for summer sunsets.


Just outside Newquay on the wild north coast, Holywell Bay is a huge expanse of golden sand backed by towering sand dunes. If it's not sunset weather, it's great for a long walk and for storm watching when big winter swells crash in from The Atlantic.


Just north of Hayle and across the bay from St. Ives, at low tide Gwithianboasts 3km of windswept beach pounded by large waves. Godrevy lighthouse is visible on an island off the north end of the beach and provides a great sunset frame!


West Cornwall’s best kept secret? Sennen beach is a long expanse of white sand below granite cliffs and nestled nearby is the picturesque fishing village of Sennen Cove. Being right at the tip of Cornwall, the beach is often exposed to all the power The Atlantic has to offer in the winter and because of this, the location offers uninterrupted views of the sunset year-round.

We love it so much that one of our NATO watch straps is named after it.