|Location: Porthilly Cove, near Rock
Directions: Rock is on the opposite side of the Camel estuary facing Padstow. You need the B3314 out of Wadebridge. There is also a ferry across from Padstow and a good deal of walking.
Rock itself is not really a seaside town but a sort of upmarket housing estate before you get to the sea. The turning to Porthilly Cove is a turning on the left before Rock harbour, so if you find yourself at the end of the road youíve gone too far. There is a narrow lane down the road between the houses and if lucky you may find a parking place (the beach is not well known or crowded). You will then need to walk along a flat footpath for a hundred yards or so before coming out on the beach.
The aerial photo does not do justice to it as it seems to have been taken at extreme low tide. At any other time, most of that sandy area is covered with water.
Type: beach! But of a type suitable for model boating.
Shoreline access: on three sides, the fourth side is open sea.
Depth: knee deep for hundreds of yards out.
Restrictions: nothing I could see.
Clubs: A local (full size) dinghy club use the beach to launch from.
Public access: Yes.
Facilities: none. A few rocks to sit on. No shop. Not many people. When we were there, just two or three family parties.
Anything else: Of course, most beaches are no use for model boats especially free sailing. Apart from the crashing surf there is the risk that your boat will head for France or America.
However Porthilly Cove is special. It is a sock-shaped bay of white sand with little wind, no cross currents and a very gentle slope of the sand. At high tide there is still a semicircular area of sand left to sit on (unlike some Cornish bays where everyone ends up sitting on rocks). The area of knee-deep water extends for a long way out. You will be able to retrieve your boat easily from three sides and you can of course follow it while wading.
Because of this I thought I might add Porthilly Cove to the Pond Guide even though itís a beach not a pond, as Cornwall seems to be short of purpose-built ponds.
Note to pictures: the Star SY6 was admired by other beach visitors who recognised it as a classic yacht. The rubber dinghy demonstrates how calm and shallow the water is.
Andy Tribble, 07/02/2005
|Hi. There is a good natural pond at Falmouth at Swanpool. It's a large deep lake with only partial access used by a local club. The water is brackish. It's near the beach and has good breezes. A good place for large boats. Howard Thomas, 24.06.2006|
Andy Tribble, a regular contributor to this site, has found what look like ponds on the following aerial photos - can anyone help with further information? Please email me on the link below.
Hi. There is a small yachting pond at Pensance. It's not the thing you saw on the map. That is an outdoor swiming pool. The yachting pond is at the end of the prom (western). Not very deep. My fiesta just managed to sail in it. It's surrounded by trees, but the local breeze made for good sailing. Howard Thomas [16.01.2006]
The picture showing a pond on the coastline at Bude,Cornwall, is the
|Location: Tamar Lakes
A lake not a pond, so not 100% access and the other side is a long way round, so not suitable for freesailing.
Although not a purpose-built boat pond, the Tamar Lakes are used by the Appledore MYC on Sunday mornings for sailing their One Metre and Marblehead class racing yachts and also scale model boats. The Lakes have gravel beaches and a couple of landing stages so that it is possible to get out to keel depth without getting your feet wet.
Listed by Andy Tribble, 30.06.2008
Anything to add or amend?