#4 Holywell Bay
Holywell Bay – located a few miles southwest of Newquay – is growing in prominence due to being featured regularly in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Poldark. This large, open bay is backed by large sand dunes, rising up to 20m in height. Out to sea is Carter’s Rocks, a small distinctive island that provides an ideal focal point to wide-angle seascapes. Tide height can greatly influence the look of a location and the photos you are able to capture. Therefore, use a good tide App like Ayetides for local tidal information – this is important for safety too. At Holywell Bay, low tide will often reveal beautiful, wavy sand patterns and tidal pools, while at high tide, it’s better to venture into the dunes and include swaying marram grass as foreground interest. This is yet another good sunset location.
Just a short drive from the town of Hayle, is Gwithian Towans and Godrevy Lighthouse. This is another stretch of coastline cared for by the National Trust and there is a large beach car park and café here. The white 26-meter octagonal lighthouse is situated on a small island, a couple of kilometers out to sea, providing a great focal point in photographs taken from the beach. This is a good location at a mid to high-tide, when large, crashing waves can add interest and drama to shots. Don’t forget to take along your solid ND filters if you fancy shooting some long exposure seascapes, but be mindful of big waves when shooting from the rocky beach. Thrift carpets the coastal cliff tops in spring, while you will often spot seals bobbing in the water – there is a large colony just around the corner.