Hawkers Cove Beach lies at the mouth of the River Camel in north Cornwall, around 2 miles from Padstow. At low tide, a vast, wide expanse of sand is revealed which stretches around 1½ miles. There are fine views of the Camel estuary from the beach.
Daymer Bay faces Hawkers Cove on the opposing side of the river. At high tide most of the beach is submerged and the ‘Doom Bar’ sand bank, which protects the estuary from Atlantic forces, presents serious dangers to shipping.
From Padstow, Hawkers Cove can be reached on foot via the South West Coast Path, which on route passes Gun Point, which boasts Napoleonic War fortifications. To the north of Hawkers Cove the coast path continues to Stepper Point, a commanding position with fine views of the north Cornish coast.
The RNLI’s Padstow lifeboat was once housed at the beach, where the boathouse and slipway remain. Parking is limited to a field at Lellizzick Farm. Hawkers Cove is a small hamlet, with limited facilities near the beach. A small tea garden is situated approximately 150m from the beach at the back of the 200 year old ‘Coastguard Houses’, serving hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes, made to order sandwiches, cream teas, ice creams and various snacks.