Holywell Bay, National Trust, Cornwall

holywell bay rocks owned by the national trust in cornwall

Holywell Bay, National Trust. Cornwall

Toady’s post is all about Holywell bay which is owned by the National Trust and located on the north coast near Newquay, Cornwall.


You may recognise Holywell bay as it’s a filming location often used in the BBC Drama, Poldark. The stunning rocks give a great backdrop for those moody scenes. Holywell was also used as a location in James Bond’s die another day and the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none.

How Holywell got its name

It is believed that between the two rocks is a holy well, hence the name. I have never managed to swim over to the two rocks or visited when the tide has been far out enough so, I can’t confirm or deny this myth!

Parking at Holywell

Holywell bay is a part of the National Trust so if you are a member the parking is free! However, if you are not a member of the National Trust prices can vary depending on the time of year. Most probably be around £2-6 for the day. 

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holywell bay rough sea in cornwall
holywell bay cavalier king charles spaniel and owner licking nose
holywell bay dog running on beach
holywell bay girl with camera
holywell bay people walking
holywell bay rocks and seaweed


I normally go Holywell to walk my dog as it is dog friendly beach all year round. However, it is also a great place to go in the summer as it is a lifeguarded beach with a river, sand dunes and food facilities near by which is great for all of the family!


If you enjoyed this blog post why don’t you check out my other posts on National Trust locations in CornwallGlendurgan Gardens, Trelissick Gardens, St Michael’s Mount, Wheal CoatesBedruthan Steps, Lantic Bay, Lanhydrock and Kynance Cove.

Lots of love, Melissa x

holywell bay dog in river
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holywell bay dog running on beach with people

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