About Holywell Bay

This pretty, crescent shaped, dune backed beach is somewhat fickle and can either produce fun sandbar lefts or rights, or can be a long closeout. Works when a larger swell is hitting nearby breaks as the southern fringe of the bay, with its twin islands known as Gull Rocks, cuts off lots of swell. A quieter alternative to Newquay.

Source: Holywell Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all comers.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty chilled.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Mostly pretty quiet.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

A roll of the dice. Either a great, fun escape or a frustrating close-out.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Easy when small, rippy when bigger.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Good.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rip currents when it gets bigger.

Access

There is a National Trust car park a short walk from the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sandy bay.

Best Season

September - February, needs bigger clean swells.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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