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Cornwall Beach Guide

Details on 87 of the best Cornish beaches

Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps, half way between Newquay and Padstow, is a large and sandy beach which is dotted with large rocks. These…
 

Cadgwith beaches

The tiny little fishing village of Cadgwith has two small, pebble beaches which are often covered by fishing boats. There…
 

Carbis Bay beach

Carbis Bay beach near St Ives is owned and managed by the Carbis Bay Hotel. With pure white sands and…
 

Carne and Pendower beaches

Carne beach and Pendower beach make up a mile-long stretch of sand near Veryan. Access to the beaches is via…
 

Castle Beach

Just alongside Pendennis Point, Castle beach in Falmouth is sandy, with some rocks at low tide - so it's great for…
 

Chapel Porth beach

This little beach near St Agnes is sandy and of a considerable size at low tide, but becomes very limited…
 

Charlestown beach

Charlestown is a charming little working port with a small pebble beach running alongside the harbour. There is one small car…
 

Church Cove

Church Cove at Gunwalloe is so named as there is a fifteenth century church right next to the beach! If…
 

Constantine Bay beach

Constantine Bay beach, near Padstow, has a reputation as being one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. There is…
 

Coverack beach

Coverack beach is very much governed by the weather; in the summer at low tide, there is a great expanse…
 

Crackington Haven beach

A small, sandy beach which is popular with families, Crackington Haven's beach has good surfing conditions, but it is advised…
 

Crantock beach

Crantock Beach is popular for surfing, like many beaches in the Newquay area, and is backed by sand dunes. The beach…
 

Crooklets beach

This large bay beach at Bude has a Blue Flag award and is very popular with families. It is particularly…
 

Daymer Bay beach

Daymer Bay beach at Rock is sandy, with rock pools in the north of the bay. At low tide, the…
 

Downderry beach

Downderry is a large sand/shingle beach near Looe, with lots of rock pools at low tide. There is a path down…
 

Duckpool beach

Duckpool beach at Bude is made up of mainly small rocks and pebbles, however there is some sand at low tide.…
 

East Looe beach

Looe has a sandy beach which is very popular with families. There is no car park actually at the beach, however…
 

Fistral beach

Fistral Beach is large and sandy - and arguably Newquay's most popular beach, as it has exceptional surfing conditions! The beach has…
 

Gillan beach

This small and sandy cove is close to the Helford Estuary and is popular with small boat owners. There are…
 

Godrevy beach

Godrevy beach at Hayle is a long sandy beach which joins Gwithian Towans beach at low tide. There is one…
 

Gorran Haven beach

Gorran Haven beach at Mevagissey is sandy and popular with families. Access to the beach is via a slipway, and…
 

Gwithian Towans beach

Gwithian is a huge and sandy beach which stretches from the Hayle Estuary to Gwithian Towans. It is very popular…
 

Gyllyngvase beach

Gyllyngvase beach at Falmouth is a typical family resort beach, warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream. It is…
 

Harlyn Bay beach

Harlyn Bay near Padstow is a fantastic family beach, with lots of golden sand and rock pools as well as…
 

Hayle Sands

Hayle Sands is a 3 mile sandy beach that stretches from the Hayle Estuary to Gwithian Towans. The beach is…
 

Hemmick beach

Hemmick beach near Mevagissey is a pretty, sandy beach, however there are no facilities and there is parking for just…
 

Holywell Bay beach

Hidden amongst the dunes by Holywell village, this large sandy beach is ideal for families. West facing, with a large…
 

Kennack Sands (East)

Kennack Sands beach - on the Lizard - is very popular, and is mainly sandy with several rock pools. There…
 

Kingsand beach

Kingsand beach near Torpoint is made up of shingle with some sand. It is quite sheltered and has several rock pools,…
 

Lamorna Cove beach

Lamorna Cove, situated on the South West Coast Path between Porthcurno and Mousehole, has a small pebble beach. There is some…
 

Lantic Bay beach

The beautiful white sands at Lantic Bay Beach, Polperro are sheltered by the surrounding coves. Access to the beach is…
 

Loe bar beach

Loe Bar beach is the stretch of sand which separates the lake from the sea at Porthleven. The beach is…
 

Maenporth beach

Maenporth beach near Falmouth is a sheltered, sandy beach. It has easy access from the small car park next to the…
 

Marazion beach

The beach at Marazion is long and sandy with some pebbles, and enjoys wonderful views across to St Michael's Mount! At…
 

Millendreath beach

Millendreath beach at Looe is sandy with rock pools for exploring. (Just please note when exploring that the slipway is…
 

Mousehole harbour beach

The pretty little fishing village of Mousehole has small rocky beaches on either side of its harbour. There is just…
 

Mullion Cove beach

Mullion Cove beach is small and sandy. There are two car parks nearby (approximately a 5-minute walk from the harbour),…
 

Nanjizel beach

Nanjizel beach near Sennen is a beautiful beach with white sand and wonderful views. Access to the beach is via the coastal…
 

Northcott Mouth beach

Northcott Mouth beach at Bude is sandy with pebbles as well as some rock pools. There is a National Trust Car…
 

Par Sands beach

Par Sands near St Austell is a wide sandy beach which is popular with families. There is one large car…
 

Pentewan beach

Pentewan beach near Mevagissey is wide and sandy with level access. There is also a disused harbour. Just be aware that…
 

Perranporth beach

Perranporth's beach is sandy and stretches for two miles! It is very popular with families and dog walkers. There are…
 

Perranuthnoe beach

Perranuthnoe's beach, also known as Perran Sands, is a sand and pebble beach which becomes almost completely covered at high…
 

Plaidy beach

Plaidy is a small sandy beach near Looe which also has rock pools. The nearest car park is at Millendreath. Please…
 

Polkerris beach

Polkerris beach near Fowey is small and sandy. There is one small car park about 5 minutes (walking) from the…
 

Polridmouth beach

Polridmouth near Fowey has two sandy beaches which join together at low tide. The path to the beach is not…
 

Polstreath beach

Polstreath beach near Mevagissey is sandy with some pebbles. Access to the beach is via the coastal path - which is…
 

Polzeath beach

Polzeath is a fantastic place to stay and due to its location, the winters tend to be fairly mild and…
 

Porth beach

Porth beach is large and sandy, on the outskirts of Newquay. It is safe for swimming and therefore very popular…
 

Porthallow beach

Porthallow's beach is small and pebbly with some rocks and rockpools. Often dotted with colourful little fishing boats, this beach has…
 

Porthbeor beach

Porthbeor beach near St Mawes - owned by the National Trust - is sandy and sheltered, and is good for…
 

Porthchapel beach

Porthchapel beach near Sennen is very sheltered as it is surrounded by cliffs. Please be aware it is relatively difficult to…
 

Porthcothan Bay beach

Porthcothan Bay near Padstow has a popular family beach with plenty of sand at low tide, as well as some sand…
 

Porthcurnick beach

Porthcurnick beach near Portscatho is wide and sandy with some rock pools. It is a private beach but access is…
 

Porthcurno beach

Porthcurno beach is situated a few hundred yards south of Porthcurno village. It is enclosed by the Logan Rock headland…
 

Portheras Cove beach

Portheras Cove  near Pendeen has a pleasant, white sand beach. There are no facilities or parking at Portheras Cove; you…
 

Porthgwidden beach

Porthgwidden is a small but popular sandy beach in St Ives. There are two car parks by the beach, as…
 

Porthkidney beach

Porthkidney beach is large and sandy, and lies just in front of the dunes at Lelant. At low tide, it…
 

Porthleven beach

The coastal town of Porthleven has a long sand and shingle beach which stretches for 3 miles, incorporating Loe Bar…
 

Porthluney beach

Porthluney beach near Mevagissey is sheltered and sandy, and has a shop and toilets close by. There is one car park…
 

Porthminster beach

Porthminster beach at St Ives is large and sandy, and ideally located just below the town's railway station. There is…
 

Porthoustock beach

Porthoustock is a pebble beach near The Lizard, which is popular with divers as there are lots of shipwrecks in the…
 

Porthpean beach

Porthpean beach near St Austell is sandy and is therefore popular with families. There is a slipway for dinghies and the…
 

Porthtowan beach

Porthtowan beach is set within a beautiful bay, flanked by steep cliffs and sand dunes. Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, it…
 

Portmellon beach

Portmellon is a small sandy cove near Mevagissey, which has access via a slipway. There is no car park at…
 

Portreath Beach

This sheltered beach is mainly sandy with some shingle, and provides a fabulous spot for families. There is a smaller…
 

Portwrinkle beach

Portwrinkle beach near Looe has a combination of sand and shingle, as well as some rock pools. There are two small car…
 

Praa Sands beach

The village of Praa Sands has a mile-long sandy beach. The Sandbar restaurant/bar sits just above the beach and is a…
 

Readymoney beach

Readymoney is a small and sandy beach which overlooks the Fowey Estuary. The nearest car park is approximately 10 minutes (walking)…
 

Rock beach

Rock's beach stretches from Porthilly Cove to Daymer Bay and overlooks the Camel Estuary. It is wide and sandy and is…
 

Sandymouth beach

Sandymouth is a large pebble beach near Bude, which has sand at low tide. There is a National Trust Car Park…
 

Seaton beach

  Seaton's large beach is very popular with families as it has level access and facilities nearby. The beach has…
 

Sennen Cove beach

The west-facing beach at Sennen Cove enjoys good surf and spectacular sunsets. If you fancy trying out the waves, there…
 

Summerleaze beach

Summerleaze beach is the nearest beach to Bude. It is situated beside the town's canal and is very popular with…
 

Swanpool beach

Swanpool beach is a sandy cove on the outskirts of Falmouth. There is level access to the beach from the…
 

Talland Bay beach

Talland Bay near Looe has a shingle beach with some rock pools. Access to the east side of the beach…
 

Tolcarne beach

Tolcarne is a sandy beach with rock pools, at Newquay. There is a beach shop which sells buckets and spades,…
 

Towan beach

Towan beach, near St Mawes, is a good-sized beach, made up of sand and pebbles with rock pools at low tide.…
 

Towan beach, Newquay

This beach is right in the centre of Newquay and is popular with families and surfers alike. There is parking…
 

Trebarwith Strand beach

A wide sandy beach, Trebarwith Strand near Boscastle is popular with both families and surfers. However, please be aware that…
 

Trevaunance Cove beach

Tucked away at the very end of the pretty village of St Agnes, Trevaunance Cove is sandy and popular with…
 

Trevone Bay beach

Trevone Bay near Padstow has a sandy beach which is popular with families. There is also a smaller rocky beach with a…
 

Treyarnon Bay beach

Treyarnon Bay beach near Padstow is very popular with families as it is sandy and has lots of rock pools.…
 

Watergate Bay beach

Watergate Bay's beach is a mile long and is renowned for good surfing conditions. The beach hosts several annual surfing…
 

West Portholland beach

West Portholland beach near Portloe is large and sandy, and joins East and West Portholland. The beach has several rock…
 

Whitsand Bay beach

Whitsand Bay's beach is arguably South East Cornwall's best beach, with 3 miles of golden sand. Access to the beach is…
 

Widemouth Bay beach

Widemouth Bay beach near Bude is sandy and stretches for two miles, making it popular with families but also surfers. There…
 
 
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