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Holywell Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0

Overall: 2.8

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Holywell Bay Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.3 °C

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 22:01 Local time
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Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 20
WSW 15
WSW 15
SW 15
Wind State cross cross-
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Holywell Bay in North Cornwall is a reasonably exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast with some shelter here from southwest winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Take care of the strong rips here.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Newquay, 6 km from Holywell Bay.

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Holywell Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Newquay wx, 9 km from Holywell Bay.

light winds from the WSW

Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
18.2 °C

Current weather near Holywell Bay

Buoy Data:

At BUOY-62050, 42 miles from Holywell Bay.

  4PM 5PM 6PM 7PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.7
Average period (s) 7 7 7 7

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Overall Holywell Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Holywell Bay Location Map

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Tide stations nearest to Holywell Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    9 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    16 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    17 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    17 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Holywell Bay:


  • The closest passenger airport to Holywell Bay is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 13 km (8 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Holywell Bay is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 75 km (47 miles) away.
  • Third is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 129 km (80 miles) away.
  • Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales is 156 km (97 miles) away.
  • Cardiff Airport (CWL), also in Wales is the fifth nearest airport to Holywell Bay and is 170 km (106 miles) away.
Holywell Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Holywell Bay, Cornwall (North). Use the tab navigation above to view Holywell Bay sea temperature, Holywell Bay photographs, Holywell Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Holywell Bay webcams, current wind from Cornwall (North) live weather stations and Holywell Bay tide predictions. The United Kingdom swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United Kingdom and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United Kingdom wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Holywell Bay.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.