31. Harlyn Bay

Situated on the north coast between Newquay and Padstow, Harlyn Bay hosts a north facing beach. The beach is gently sloping so is quite wide at low tide.

The top of the sand dune is made over to car parking (Photo 3). There are two tiers of parking, the uppermost being more grassy

The sand is coarse.

There is some limited dune between the lower car park and stream, by the Surf Life Saving Club building.

On the left hand side (west), the bay is bounded by rock cliff and in places there are glacial Head deposits with sand on top.
The Harlyn Water stream flows into the bay, entering under a road bridge.

On the left bank of the Harlyn Water stream, upstream of the road bridge, new development is under way on sand and on the edge of the fluvial flood zone.

On the left hand side (west) of the beach, bordering areas are fenced off to delineate private garden boundaries. There are some minor private defences.

Walkover report and photos of 8 March 2022

DW31_Harlyn Bay_2022-03-08.pdf

Road and some property vulnerable. Only very limited extent of dune remaining – constrained by road bridge, property boundaries and car park.
Potential Actions
Adapt parking arrangements to provide space to develop dune system to retain more sediment in upper beach area. Consider options for longer-term road realignment.
Community Groups
Harlyn Surf Life Saving Club
Key Stakeholders

Cornwall Council
CCMA potential
Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA34
SMP Policy Unit: PU34.2
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 34

A link to the Seaton page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.