Callestock Blog

29 Sep

Storm watching breaks in Cornwall

We've had some pretty dramatic storms already this year, producing incredible waves. But the power of nature can't be overstated - stay safe and watch the ever-changing seas from the comfort of a warm pub, with a hot chocolate and a slice of something naughty.

Here's a sample of how crazy it can get around the Cornish coast. 


Impressive, huh?

As superb as it is, you probably don't want to be out in it, fighting against the winds and hiding your face from the sea spray, but you can still have a front-row seat - here are some of our favourite places to watch the weather and the sea at this time of year.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

Drive through the pretty little village of St Agnes to reach this lovely sheltered cove.

Park close to the beach and watch the waves from your vehicle, or venture out to the shingled beach and admire the far-reaching views across the Atlantic Ocean.

Godrevy Point, St Ives

As one of the most northern points in the region, Godrevy takes quite a beating from the weather. Its iconic lighthouse stands out along the horizon, and it's a popular spot for watching grey seals, dolphins and whales (although you may not see them in rough seas).

[The carpark is National Trust so if you're a member, parking is free.]

Sennen, near Penzance

Follow the road to the most westerly point in mainland Britain and you'll find Sennen Cove, just round the corner from Land's End. Its position means you'll most likely witness huge rollers crashing onto the shore.

There are plenty of seafront pubs and cafes where you can settle down for an afternoon of uninterrupted storm-watching (and cream tea eating....)

Mawgan Porth, between Newquay & Padstow

With miles of soft sand, gently sloping shores and access to the South West Coastpath, this beach is popular all-year round with families and walkers. The Merrymoor pub is just a few metres from the beach, providing a comfortable place to watch the world go by and the ever-changing seas.


Pull up a seat in one of the beachside pubs at this beach, only a few minutes from us here at Callestock. There are miles of soft sand to enjoy and a popular pub serving freshly cooked food all day.

The weather is constantly changing the landscape of this beach, eroding the sand dunes, but you'll always find a warm welcome and a stunning view.


Popular with the royals and politicians, this is one of the world's most renowned surfing destinations, and when you see the power of the waves, you'll understand why.

There are lots of waterfront restaurants to choose from overlooking the huge beach. Or if you want to feel the sea on your face and taste the cool salt air, take the winding coast path around to Pentire Point - a more challenging route - or Daymer Bay - a gentle stretch of coastline with views across to Padstow and Rock.

Trebarwith Strand

Perched on top of the rugged cliffs near historic Tintagel, the Port William pub offers uninterrupted views across Trebarwith Strand beach.

The narrow cove becomes a long beach at low tide but once the sea pushes in, the waves put on a spectacular show, breaking against the rocks and churning up the seabed.

Storm-watching breaks

These are our top spots to take in the views on dramatic stormy days, but if you love Cornwall as much as we do, you'll most likely be happy watching the ever-changing Cornish seas from any location.

As memorable as storm-watching is, it can also be dangerous if you get too close to Mother Nature so take care if you visit Cornwall's coastline. No storm is worth risking your life for - watch it from the comfort of a coastal pub and then head back to your cosy cottage at Callestock.

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