Beach Guide for information about beaches in Cornwall
East Cornwall is a great place to visit with a number
of decent family beaches. There are also several attractive
coastal villages and towns to explore, including Looe and
Polperro. The scenery is excellent and there is good walking
on the coast and inland.
the east of the area and looking across to Plymouth are the
twin villages of
Kingsand & Cawsand
which are pleasant to visit and there are small beaches here.
There is excellent scenery around Rame Head and west of Rame
Head is the beautiful three mile
sweep of Whitsand Bay
which is popular with families and surfers.
Whitsand Bay are the popular family beaches at Portwrinkle,
Downderry and Seaton.
west are the small beaches at Millendreath
and Plaidy and then the seaside
town of Looe with its popular
family beach. Dogs are banned all year at Looe, but at West
Looe there is a dog friendly beach at Hannafore.
Hannafore there is enjoyable but exacting walking west to
Talland Bay, another popular
family beach. On the way to Talland Bay are the quiet Samphire
Beach and Portnadler
west is the unspoilt Cornish fishing village of Polperro
which is a must visit. There is a small beach here and tidal
pool. Further west of Polperro are the beaches at Lansallos
the purposes of this guide, Mid
Cornwall is the south Cornwall coast stretching from the
Fowey Estuary to Falmouth. There are plenty of beaches here
and some very nice seaside towns to visit.
the east of the area is the town of Fowey which is well worth
a visit. At Fowey there is a small beach called Readymoney
Beach. From Fowey the coast stretches west to St Austell
Bay and there are beaches here, the cove at Polridmouth
and the small fishing village at Polkerris.
There are a good selection of beaches in St Austell Bay including
the huge sandy beach at
Par Sands, Carlyon
Du Porth and Pentewan.
Also a must visit is the harbour of Charlestown,
famed for film and TV production and there are two small beaches
Further south in St Austell Bay is the picturesque town of
Mevagissey and there are nearby beaches at Polstreath
South of Mevagissey, the coastline stretches south to the
fishing village of Gorran Haven
and then to Vault Beach and
West of Dodman Point are Veryan Bay and Gerrans Bay. This
area is rather remote from the main roads and it can be difficult
to find your way through the lanes. There are certainly some
nice beaches, including Hemmick
and the fishing village of Portloe.
Further west into Gerrans Bay are the large sandy beaches
at Carne Beach and
Further south there are a number of nice beaches on the Roseland
Peninsula, including Porthcurnick
Beach, the fishing village of Portscatho,
Towan Beach, Porthbeor
Beach. There is fine walking around St
Anthony Head and the town of St
Mawes is worth a visit, with two nice beaches.
Across the Carrick Roads is the big harbour town of Falmouth
and there are some popular beaches south of Falmouth including
Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase
Beach, Swanpool Beach
Peninsula is Britain's most southerly point and there is outstanding
scenery here and great walking. There are also a nice selection
On the east coast of Lizard is the fishing village of Coverack
and there is a nice beach here. Further south-west are the
beaches at Kennack
Sands and at the picturesque fishing village of Cadgwith.
is suberb scenery around Lizard Point and there is a small
beach at Housel Bay.
the east coast of the Lizard there is great scenery and a
number of coves and beaches including the scenic Kynance
Cove, the harbour at Mullion
Cove and Church
Cove. Further west is the three mile stretch of Porthleven
Sands, comprising the beaches at Gunwalloe
Fishing Cove, Loe
Bar and Porthleven
Cornwall is the remotest part of Cornwall but there are
great beaches and wonderful seaside towns and villages to
visit. The coastal scenery towards Lands End is very impressive
and there is great walking on the entire coast line.
the south east of the area is the popular surfing beach at
Praa Sands. Further west there
is excellent walking around Prussia Cove and there are some
small but picturesque beaches here at Kenneggy
Sand, Bessys Cove and
You can walk from Prussia Cove to Marazion. On the way is
the sandy beach at Perranuthnoe.
At Marazion there is a
super beach and at low tide you can walk the causeway to St
The beach at Marazion stretches all the way to the big seaside
town of Penzance, which
is well worth a visit. West of Penzance is the picturesque
fishing village of Mousehole
and further west Lamorna Cove.
Further west and getting closer to Land End is the super sandy
beach at Porthcurno.
Beyond Porthcurno there are smaller beaches at Porth
End is a must visit and you can walk from Sennen Cove to Lands
End. There is a great surfing beach at Sennen
There is a small beach at Cape
Cornwall and further north a small cove at Portheras
In the north east of the region is fabulous St Ives Bay. St
Ives itself is a wonderful seaside town to visit and there
are great beaches here Porthminster Beach and the surfers
beach at Porthmeor Beach. Beyond St Ives are the beaches at
Carbis Bay and Porth
Kidney Sands and east of the River Hayle is the 3 mile
sweep of Hayle Sands which culminates
in Gwithian Towans and
Godrevy. Gwithian Towans
is one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall.
Cornwall is a great place for holidays with a huge selection
of beaches along the north Cornish coast. Many of the beaches
can be surfed and there are plenty of seaside towns to visit,
such as Perranporth or Bude.
There are picturesque coastal villages to visit too, such
as Port Isaac or Boscastle. Also of interest is the ruined
castle at Tintagel, rumoured to be the Camelot of Arthurian
the walker, the coastal scenery is spectacular and inland
the north of Bodmin Moor can be explored, including Brown
Willy the highest point in Cornwall. The Camel Trail can also
be walked or cycled.
In the west Portreath,
Porth are good surfing beaches and from Chapel Porth there
is great walking to St Agnes Head. At St Agnes is another
surfing beach at
is a big seaside town with a huge two mile long surfing beach.
North of Perranporth is
Joke and the huge sandy beach of Crantock
North of Crantock are the surfing beaches at Fistral
Beach and Newquay.
North of Newquay is a nice sweep of sandy coastline with east
facing beaches all of which can be surfed, including Porth,
Bay and Boobys
From Boobys Bay, there is great walking around scenic Trevose
Head and its lighthouse. East Of Trevose Head are the beaches
Iveys Bay, Harlyn
Bay and Trevone
The north of Cornwall is split into two by the Camel Estuary
and the Camel Trail can be walked or cycled from Padstow to
Wadebridge and beyond. Padstow
is a nice harbour town to visit, with a fabulous stretch of
sand which stretches along the west bank of the Camel.
On the west of the Camel is another super stretch of sand
Bay. North of Daymer Bay is the super surfing beach at
East of Polzeath are the small coves at Lundy
Bay, Port Quin, Port Isaac and Port
Strand is another popular surfing beach and there is a
small cove at Bossiney
Further north is the surfing beach at Crackington
Haven with its impressive cliffs. There are also some
quieter beaches at The
Strangles and Millook.
North of Millook is the big beach at Widemouth
and then the big seaside town of Bude
which has a great beach at Summerleaze Beach.
North of Bude are more surfing beaches at Northcott