About Holywell Bay
This picturesque beach derived its name from a spring fed well which is said to cure all who bathe in it.
Instantly recognisible by the distinctive Gull Rocks - the pair of humped islands standing half a mile offshore - Holywell Bay is one of Cornwall's best-loved beaches.
Surrounded by National Trust-owned land and backed by imposing sand dunes, the beach extends to 3/4 mile at low tide from Penhale Point at the western end towards Kelsey Head. There are many natural delights to be explored with sand dunes that rise up to 60 metres behind the beach and the half-hidden, grotto-like interior of Holywell Cave. At low tide a 70-year-old shipwreck can be seen in the water just off the beach.
Holywell Bay owes its name to a spring fed well, which is said to cure all who bathe in it. In the past parents have brought their sick children and dipped them in the well. Penna family members Ryan, Josh and cousin Andrew have all been christened in the holy well and seem to be doing just fine! Holywell Cave can be found near the north end of the beach, although it is only accessible at low tide.
The dunes are criss-crossed with a network of footpaths giving access to the beach and linking up with the South West Coast Path which runs all the way around the Cornish coast. The dunes are home to a variety of wildlife and provide hours of fun for children looking to find the creatures that live there.
Running between the dunes is a stream which fills with the tide and is perfect for those family members not quite old enough to venture into the sea. Children can scrabble around in the rock pools, play with the abundant fish in the river, splash around in the sea, or go mad in the dunes.
All the while the parents can relax on the beach, safe in the knowledge that their children are being looked after by lifeguards from the RNLI who are in place from May until the end of September.
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