Constantine Bay

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Constantine Bay
Cornish: Eglos Costentin
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Constantine Bay
Location: 50°31’49"N, 5°-0’45"W
Local Government
Council: Cornwall

Constantine Bay is a village and beach on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, about three miles west of Padstow in the parish of St Merryn. The beach is popular with surfers and has lifeguard patrols in the summer.

The Cornish name Eglos Costentin, means 'Church of St Constantine'; it is named after a 6th-century Cornish saint, St Constantine, possibly identified with a minor British king named Costenin (Constantine). St Constantine's Well, an historic site, is accessible by public right of way on Trevose Golf Club's golf course.

The area was a favourite holiday location of Margaret Thatcher during her premiership and has been visited too be a later Prime Minister, David Cameron.[1]

Trevose Head and Constantine Bay SSSI is designated for both its biological and geological interests. The dune system at Constantine Bay is in an unfavourable declining condition because of the invasion by species such as bramble, ivy and sea buckthorn; and by visitor pressure causing erosion.[2]

Broad view of Constantine Bay

Constantine Bay lies within the 'Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' as does almost a third of the county.

Other coastal villages nearby include Harlyn, Porthcothan, Trevone and Treyarnon.

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