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Events this Month in Cornwall (August 2019)

Events this Month in Cornwall (August 2019)

Huguette Caland at Tate St Ives

24 May 2019 to 1 Sep 2019

St. Ives

Shifting between figuration and abstraction, large, colourful canvasses and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s will explore the delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit that Huguette Caland created in her work.


Miracle Theatre presents: 'A Perfect World'

8 Jun 2019 to 24 Aug 2019


Miracle celebrates its 40th year with a brand new comic escapade! Gather your friends and family and take a journey to the end of the earth and beyond....


A World of My Own

12 Jun 2019 to 8 Sep 2019


A World of My Own features photographs and objects from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s personal collection and celebrates fifty years since his remarkable single handed journey around the world.


Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition

15 Jun 2019 to 7 Sep 2019


Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance is showing a special exhibition to mark 60 years since the death of the eccentric and controversial artist Sir Alfred Munnings  exploring his works from the years he spent living in Cornwall.

Stuff and Nonsense

22 Jun 2019 to 7 Sep 2019


Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and emerge into Falmouth Art Gallery’s extraordinary summer exhibition including poetry, illustration and photographs by Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, Quentin Blake, Lewis Carroll and other recognised ‘nonsense’ artists.


Wheal Martyn Summer Activities

5 Jul 2019 to 14 Sep 2019

St. Austell

There's loads to do at Wheal Martyn Clay Works this summer from Forest Schools to clay animation workshops, Teddy Bears picnic to paper making....


Outdoor Theatre at Bedruthan

6 Jul 2019 to 3 Aug 2019

Mawgan Porth

This summer catch two children's classics on the lawn at Bedruthan Hotel, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and Wind in the Willows will entertain you while you watch the sun go down over the bay.


Paulos Circus 2019 Rockets Tour

12 Jul 2019 to 7 Sep 2019


We will be blasting off our 2019 tour with out of this world acts we have created to show you and your family the very best of live entertainment.


Tin Mine Clay

18 Jul 2019 to 31 Oct 2019

West Cornwall

An exhibition of ceramics made of clay found in Penwith tin mines that coincides with the centennial of two major events -  the sinking of Victory shaft at Geevor Mine and the Levant mining disaster which claimed 31 lives.


Summer of Fun & Fireworks at Flambards

20 Jul 2019 to 2 Sep 2019


A fun-packed line up of entertainment has been put together for the summer holidays at the Cornish attraction with creepy crawly shows, fantastic firework displays, VR adventures, music and much, much more.

Open Air Cinema at Porthminster Beach

21 Jul 2019 to 1 Sep 2019

St. Ives

Iconic films, spectacular locations, Open Air Cinema UK are coming to Porthminster Beach, St Ives this summer!

Earth Story at the Eden Project

24 Jul 2019 to 3 Sep 2019

St. Austell

This summer at Eden take a journey into earth’s astonishing past, precarious present day and a future that’s ours to make.


A Summer of Scoundrels and Scallywags

24 Jul 2019 to 2 Aug 2019


Be transported back 300 years to the Golden Age of Piracy. Armed with only a treasure map, new recruits will need to solve the clues in order to claim their pirate treasure.


Paradise Park's Summer of Parrots

26 Jul 2019 to 3 Sep 2019


Celebrate the colourful world of parrots at the home of the World Parrot Trust (WPT). See rare Blue-throated and Great Green Macaws, Citron-crested Cockatoos, Sun Conures, Mitchell’s Lorikeets and many more in their aviaries at the Park.


Charlestown Regatta Week

27 Jul 2019 to 2 Aug 2019

St. Austell

A week of fun events for all the family including includes events such as the fun triathlon, raft races, donkey derby, live music and colourful carnival to raise funds for the local community.


27 Jul 2019 to 24 Aug 2019

St. Ives

What are the Echoes inspiring the new work of Sue Davis, Lesley Harry and Jane Smith?

Looe Carnival Week

28 Jul 2019 to 3 Aug 2019


The highlight of the Looe Lions' calendar with a week of events that appeal to everyone. Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as the busy seaside town gears up for seven days of fun

Venues throughout Looe.


Treasure Island of Summer Activities

29 Jul 2019 to 4 Sep 2019


Inspired by stories and life on the Mount, both past and present, join a crafty hub of activity and make your own treasure to take home throughout the summer holidays


St Endellion Summer Music Festival

30 Jul 2019 to 9 Aug 2019

Port Isaac

Internationally famous festival. Symphony orchestra and a chorus of 75, with guest artistes, encompasses the classics from Brahms to Stravinsky, music from Broadway and late night brass bands.  


Sister Act!

30 Jul 2019 to 3 Aug 2019


Rejoice! Sister Act is heading to Falmouth this summer.

Wild Wednesdays Kids’ Club

31 Jul 2019 to 28 Aug 2019

St. Austell

Give your kids a wild adventure this summer holidays in our weekly outdoor play club for 7-11-year-olds. Facilitated by our experienced Education Team and based in Eden's unique outdoor learning space in our wild outer estate.

Open Air Cinema at Pendennis Castle

1 Aug 2019 to 22 Aug 2019


Iconic films, spectacular locations, Open Air Cinema UK are coming to Cornwall this summer! Whether you want to see this summer’s ‘must see’ film, the Oscar winning Bohemian Rhapsody or family favourites like Shrek,  there's something for everyone!

Miracle Theatre - 40 Years of Touring

1 Aug 2019 to 3 Sep 2019


As part of its 40th year celebrations, Miracle Theatre are joining forces with the Museum of Cornish Life in Helston to share and celebrate their history with a month-long Miracle Theatre Time Capsule Exhibition this August


Kneehigh present The Dancing Frog

2 Aug 2019 to 1 Sep 2019

Carlyon Bay

Poor Gertrude thinks she’ll never laugh or love again. But then she has a lucky encounter on a lily pad. With a frog. Called George. Suddenly, things are looking bright again!


Creation Fest

3 Aug 2019 to 9 Aug 2019


Creation Fest is a free admission Christian music festival with Bible teaching, and fun for the whole family.

Newquay Society of Artists: Trenance Cottages Exhibition

3 Aug 2019 to 11 Aug 2019


A selection of local arts and crafts will be on display at Trenance Cottages, Trenance Gardens, Newquay.


Mount Edgcumbe American & Classic Car Show & Fayre

4 Aug 2019


500 American and Classic cars to see, a craft fayre and stalls, a car boot fair, amusements, refreshments, a licenced bar and live music.


Boardmasters Surf, Skate & Music Festival

7 Aug 2019 to 11 Aug 2019


Surf, skate & music festival situated across two legendary locations featuring the best in action sports including surfing and a laid back music festival.


Falmouth Week

9 Aug 2019 to 18 Aug 2019


Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days, and a lively programme of shoreside events. Various Venues in Falmouth


The Chestnut Appeal - St Michael’s Mount Swim

10 Aug 2019


If you are a strong swimmer and have always wanted to take a swim around the St Michael's Mount, this is a great opportunity to swim in safety and raise some money for this important South West region charity.

Tregony Heavy Horse Show & Country Fayre

11 Aug 2019

The Roseland

Tregony annual Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre presents the parading and judging of heavy horses and Shetland ponies.


Camelford Agricultural Show

14 Aug 2019


Traditional agricultural show, Includes dog shows, vintage vehicle collections, displays of cattle, sheep and horses, sheep shearing displays, a heavy horse show and much more.

Kneehigh present Ubu

15 Aug 2019 to 1 Sep 2019

South Coast > St. Austell

We all know an Ubu. Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably hell-bent on making our country great again! Sound familiar? Expect world-class buffoonery from Kneehigh in this deliriously unhinged improvised musical of stark raving sing-along satire


Cornish Steam and Country Fair

16 Aug 2019 to 18 Aug 2019

West Cornwall

Previously known as the West of England Steam Rally. Up to 100 full size and miniature steam engines from all over the country, rural craft displays & children's entertainment.


Science in the Square

16 Aug 2019


Be a scientist for the day! This fantastic event gives children of all ages the chance to experience the wonders of science first hand through a series of talks and interactive sessions. Free Event

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week

18 Aug 2019 to 24 Aug 2019


One of the best local regattas in the country, with a fun-filled week for all the family. Events include tightly contested races, a midweek carnival and a spectacular firework display over the harbour.


St Ewe Country Fair

18 Aug 2019

St Austell

A traditional rural country fair with arena events, sideshows, animals, food, horticultural, craft and children's tents, cream teas and competitions. A great day out for all the family raising money for local charities and good causes.


Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show

22 Aug 2019


A fun filled day out for all the family. Entertainment all day long including gymnastics, falconry, motorcycle stunts, Jive dancing, children’s sports, and horse jumping.

Holsworthy & Stratton Agricultural Show


47th Cornwall Folk Festival

22 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019


There's an amazing line up of international, national and local performers coming to Wadebridge in August with stages all over the town as musicians fill the place with music.


Cornwall Pride 2019

24 Aug 2019


An annual celebration of diversity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Cornwall, their friends and families. A parade, live entertainment, stalls and food.

The Return of the Secret Gin Garden

24 Aug 2019


From the creators of The Great Estate Festival comes a decadent one-night soirée of tantalising beverages, live music, burlesque, DJs and fire dancing.

Polkerris Swim Festival 2019

24 Aug 2019

South Coast

The Swim Festival is a mass-participation open water sea swimming event and a great chance to try a swim of a particular distance if you’re a beginner or experienced swimmer.


Cornwall Motorsport Month

26 Aug 2019 to 4 Oct 2019


Champion the diversity of motorsport in Cornwall by showcasing some of the best events on both two and four wheels throughout the month of September.


Bude Jazz 2019

27 Aug 2019 to 30 Aug 2019


Bude has been involved in staging jazz festivals for 25 years and is renowned world-wide for its support for the music.


Cornwall Motorfest 2019

30 Aug 2019 to 1 Sep 2019


Cornwall's biggest motoring event returns this summer, spread over three days, offering a great day out for families and petrol heads. Highlights include live music, stunt shows, classic cars, the Saturday Soapbox Race and much much more...


Classic Sail Festival

30 Aug 2019 to 1 Sep 2019


Charlestown Harbour is staging their first ever Classic Sail Festival taking place in the Inner Harbour at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrating the ports maritime heritage, classic sail, music, food and drink.


A Dog Friendly Holiday in a Cornwall Chalet

A Dog Friendly Holiday in a Cornwall Chalet

Why should you have to go on holiday without your faithful furry companion? Come and stay with us at the beautiful seaside resort of Gwithian Sands, Hayle, Cornwall and enjoy a family holiday that’s suitable for all the family - 4-legged members included. Our beautiful chalets, nestled amongst the sand dunes along Hayle’s world famous 3 miles of golden sands, are perfectly positioned to cater to your family’s every need - and except in high summer, you can bring your dog or dogs for just a small (£30) charge per dog. By high summer, we mean 6th of July to 30th of August only. Outside of these few weeks, your pooches are as welcome as you and the rest of your family are. Relax on the decking in the gorgeous Cornwall sunshine, or be as active as you like and explore the miles and miles of walks across sand dunes, beaches, and even nearby woods. Or why not pop into historic Hayle for a wander down the pretty High Street and an ice-cream or two - after a traditional Cornish pasty, of course. You are holidaying in Cornwall, after all, and some traditions simply must be expected! Don’t be shy of taking your dogs out and about round town with you - a surprising number of shops are dog friendly, likely as a result of the high numbers of holiday makers bringing their whole family to these picture perfect chalets for a well-deserved break. It’s exactly the same story in major towns nearby too - Redruth is a very dog friendly place to go shopping for the day; and if you want to go further afield we found the same to be true of the historic and beautiful town of Penzance. Looking for a destination trip for the day? The Cornish Seal Sanctuary welcomes dogs on leads, as does the famous Healey’s Cider Farm. In fact, with a little research into the lovingly placed tourist information pack contained within each of our Chalets, you’ll find somewhere welcoming for you and your dogs every day of your stay. If actually going places isn’t for you, well there’s good news about the dog friendly status of most of the nearby beaches! It’s worth checking - and your Chalet will contain a handy map allowing you to do just that! - because some of the beaches do operate a seasonal ban from April to October. However, this ban only covers the daytime - you can still take your dogs early morning or late evening - and who doesn’t love the thought of an early morning walk with their dogs on a beach in Cornwall?! You’ll find plenty to do and the time will fly past while you soak up the sun on the beach or back at your Chalet - and your faithful furry companions will love it too….just watch out for those local rabbits!!  

The Perfect Gwithian Sands Chalet Holiday

Gwithian Towans Beach

Consider this tucked-away treasure on the beautiful North Cornwall coast. Picturesque beaches, unspoilt countryside and views that stretch for miles. Now imagine holidaying in your very own wooden beach chalet here, and let’s plan how you could spend that perfect time away! All our chalets are fully equipped so you wont even need to bring kitchenware.

Gwithian Sands is situated on the outskirts of the village of Gwithian, Hayle. Extensive sand dunes border the beautiful Gwithian Beach in West Cornwall. Located at the eastern end of St Ives Bay, between Hayle and Godrevy Point, three miles of golden sand beach make this an ideal spot for the family holiday.


Gwithian Sands is located next to the expansive, rolling grassy dunes of Gwithian and Upton Towans (a large site of special scientific interest, with abundant flowers, unusual plants and bird life - ideal for nature lovers), providing hours of safe play for children and beautiful and relaxing walks for adults.

A short walk, over the beautiful sand dunes, reaches the unspoilt beach at Gwithian, which is never crowded, even during the summer. The beach is excellent for bathing, while younger children can enjoy safe paddling in numerous rock pools. The beach is ideal for surfing, wind & kite surfing and bodyboarding. There are many local places of interest and the surrounding area is great for rambling.

This a very peaceful location and many people simply enjoy relaxing during the day, taking in the sun and allowing children (and adults!) to play on the Dunes. In the evening you can relax and unwind on your Chalet’s open plan decking and even dine Al Fresco. A home from home.

Gwithian, when the tide is low, is connected to other beaches that lead all the way to Hayle estuary. This three mile expanse is formed by Godrevy, Gwithian, Upton Towans, Mexico Towans and Hayle beach, which sits at the mouth of Hayle estuary.

Looking for a place to go with your dogs? Both the south-west section of Gwithian, Upton Towans and Mexico Towans allow dogs all year round — and the next beach over from Hayle beach, Porthkidney, is also dog friendly — so there’s plenty of space to let the dogs run.

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Seasonal lifeguards serve the beaches here, so it’s a great place for those wanting to get in the water. You’ll find plenty of people in the water at most times of year, and although many will be surfers, there are plenty of windsurfers, kite-surfers and paddle-boarders about too, providing scenes of real adrenaline for onlookers on dry land.

Gwithian village itself is set back from the beach, hidden from view by the rolling Towans. This small hamlet is extremely pretty, and the local pub, the Red River Inn is a great place to grab a bite to eat and sample some local ales. For amenities and entertainment besides what can be found on the beach, head a few miles west of Gwithian to Hayle. This local town has plenty of supermarkets, restaurants and shops, while on the outskirts you will find some great farm shops.


Just a few miles further across the bay is St Ives. This beautiful town is a hive of activity during the summer, with local boutiques, restaurants and art galleries offering plenty to do all in a picturesque setting. For those looking to escape the crowds, a visit to St Ives out of season is a must. Its rich history of artists is commemorated by numerous museums and galleries, including the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum. St Ives is a great place to explore for anyone visiting the area, and why not make a day of it by including a stroll or sunbathe on the towns’ two main beaches, Porthmeor and Porthminster.

With all the attractions, shopping opportunities, wildlife spotting and long sandy beaches it is no surprise that the Gwithian area is a popular spot for holidays.

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Dog friendly beach holidays near Hayle, Cornwall

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

  • Upton Towans beach
  • Clodgy Point beach
  • Porthmeor beach
  • Porthgwidden beach
  • Bamaluz beach
  • Lambeth Walk beach
  • Porthminster beach
  • Mexico Towans beach
  • Porthkidney Sands beach
  • Black Cliff beach

Looking for an opportunity for you and your Dogs to get away together in Cornwall? With endless sunny beaches - most of which are dog friendly right up until the start of the school summer holidays, so you still have plenty of time to get away and enjoy the sunshine together this year!

Our beautiful chalets are available to rent for a week, or just a weekend, for you and your dogs. From our fabulous holiday base at Twice As Nice Chalets, near Hayle, you and your dog can explore literally miles of unspoilt golden beaches nearby.

Upton Towans beach is very close to Hayle and the Chalets, and dogs are allowed all year round. The beach reaches a low rocky headland and the lighthouse on an island just off the coast. Ideal for surfing and safe for bathing and backed by sand dunes and adjacent holiday camping sites.

Look just a little further afield and you will find plenty of choice for where you can take your beloved pet. Clodgy Point beach is located just around the point (Man’s Head) from Porthmeor beach. It’s a very rugged affair with a mix of boulders and rocks strewn across a sweeping bay, and you do need to be fit to walk here. Access is from the coastal path towards the Clodgy Point end and is not recommended for all but the most agile owner and pooch! This is a dog friendly beach with pooches free to roam throughout the year on or off the lead.

Why not head over to beautiful St Ives, to see this little hidden gem of a beach? Situated between the harbour of St Ives and Porthgwidden beach, Bamaluz beach often goes unnoticed by the majority of visitors. The beach itself is very sheltered from all but an onshore breeze, but the high walls can also block out some of the sun and this is not a popular spot purely because the sun-seekers will be staying away - so all the more room for you and your dog! At high tide the beach is also greatly reduced in size and can almost disappear on a spring high.

Still in St Ives, Lambeth Walk beach is very often overlooked, despite being almost in the town centre of St Ives. Part of the reason is it doesn't really exist at high tide, however at low tide things are different - the beach joins up with the harbour beach. On a really low tide you can walk around to neighbouring Porthminster beach. Located on the other side of the south pier, between the harbour and Porthminster beach, Lambeth Walk is the only dog friendly beach in St Ives without restriction. To the rear of the beach is the church of St Ia. At the northern end is the RNLI lifeboat station and beyond that the harbour front with all its shops and cafes.

Staying close to hope in the beautiful town of Hayle, Mexico Towans beach forms part of a glorious four miles of sand that starts from the mouth of the Hayle estuary and reaches out to the lighthouse at Godrevy Point. However, care is needed as not all are dog friendly all year round - that honour belongs to Mexico Towans only, and conscientious dog owners are advised to check the maps to be sure of not breaching regulations.

Porthkidney Sands beach stretches from the mouth of the River Hayle in Lelant to Hawk’s Point in Carbis Bay. The beach is around a mile long, and even the most energetic dogs will be satisfied by the amount of space available to run in! This is mostly due to the fact that at low tide, the sea goes out a long way leaving a vast expanse of usually almost deserted sand. The beach is overlooked by one of the areas top golf clubs in the form of the West Cornwall Golf Club.

Black Cliff beach is a long sandy beach stretching from Hayle Towans to Mexico Towans, sheltered by cliffs along the way. To find the beach, take the Hayle Towans road through Phillack from Copperhouse, Hayle. Drive to the end of the road, where there is a large car park. The beach can be approached on foot, walking along the beach and dunes.

So from our beautiful chalets on the edge of Hayle, you and your dogs can enjoy the most fantastic seaside holiday ever(Pricing), with enough to do to keep you occupied for a full week and more to see when you come back next time!

Events this month in Cornwall (June 2019)

Events this month in Cornwall (June 2019)

Holidaying in Cornwall this month? Not sure what to do with your time? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

1 June 2019: 2019 Azores and Back Race

50 yachts, and more than a dozen nationalities, will jostle for the best position at the start of the 12th running of the Azores and Back race starting off Falmouth this summer.

2 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019: Kalmynji: An Exhibition of Sculptures

An Exhibition of Sculptures in the gardens of The Lodge, Fletchersbridge, in aid of Invictus Cornwall and the Sowenna Appeal helping young people with mental health issues.

8 Jun 2019 to 24 Aug 2019: Miracle Theatre presents: 'A Perfect World'

Miracle celebrates its 40th year with a brand new comic escapade! Gather your friends and family and take a journey to the end of the earth and beyond....

9 Jun 2019: Looe Raft Race

The Great Looe Raft Race is taking place again this summer....expect fun, chaos, lots of water and hopefully a few rafts that don't sink!!

9th to 10th June: Saltash Regatta and waterside festival

14 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019: Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

A fantastic free festival of maritime music and a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past with performances by dozens of groups from all the UK and beyond.

14 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019: Falmouth Classics Regatta

The best Classic Boat Regatta comes to Falmouth, Cornwall in June. The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail & Power, as competitors parade out into Carrick Roads under full sail.

14 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019: WFGA World Championships

The Football Golf World Championships will attract over 150 players from around the world who will descend on Cornwall to compete over three days against there fellow players to decide who will be the World Championship winner 2019.

15 Jun 2019 to 22 Jun 2019: Polperro Festival

Includes plenty of live music, an arts and crafts fair, comedy night, lighting of the solstice bonfire, colourful village carnival and a unique mock mayor choosing ceremony.

19 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019: Sterts Theatre Midsummer 2019

It's midsummer on Bodmin Moor. Enjoy open air performances under cover! Sterts has a large umbrella over the stage and audience to keep the sun off you... or in the rare occasion, rain!.

20 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019: European Legends Link Championships

One of Europe’s most high-profile golfers Paul Lawrie OBE will be taking part in the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship to be held at Trevose Golf Club.

21 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019: Golowan Festival

Penzance community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John. The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts & theatre.

22 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019: St Merryn Steam and Vintage Rally

A local rally featuring many rural exhibits including vintage tractors, steam engines and classic cars. There’s also a variety of trade stands and a car boot sale.

22 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019: Heart Food Festival

Cornwall’s Newest Family Food Festival featuring live music and chef demonstrations! Children’s garden full of games and activities, food and gift market to browse! Street Food Stalls, Performers and Workshops across the two days, you won’t want to miss it!

23 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019: Mevagissey Feast Week

Community festival packed full of entertainment. Crab catching on the harbour, fishing boat races, dance along the street in the traditional flora dance, swing your partner at the ceilidh or simply watch and enjoy.

29 Jun 2019: Rock 2 Rock, Watergate Bay

Join thousands of runners at sunset on one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches for sunset beach runs, live music and fireworks!
Holidays in Hayle

Holidays in Hayle

Hayle, Cornwall is a picturesque old fishing town with charm, the finest beaches and easy access to all Cornwall has to offer.

Hayle surrounds a beautiful estuary on the edge of St Ives Bay in West Cornwall.

Archaeological excavations of Greek and Roman pottery suggest it was an important trading port for tin thousands of years ago, and during the industrial revolution copper smelting flourished in the town, the importance of which saw the town’s harbour and townscape being granted World Heritage Site status in 2006.

Hayle was the first town in Cornwall to be awarded "Walkers Are Welcome" status which means the footpaths and trails around the town are well maintained and well-marked. With plenty of rugged countryside around, it’s an ideal place to pull on your hiking boots and set off for your holiday hike.

To the west lie 3 miles of golden sands and, with a constant breeze off the Atlantic, the area is well-known for both its surfing and wind sailing. Hayle’s wide estuary, managed by the RSPB and the UK’s most south westerly, is an important stopping off point for migratory birds.

Top 10 things to do in Hayle

  1. Visit the Beaches
  2. Try an authentic Cornish Pasty
  3. Paradise Park
  4. Industrial heritage
  5. Waterside Cafes
  6. Birdwatching
  7. Surfing
  8. Feeding the ducks
  9. St Ives Train
  10. Climb Trencrom Hill

After years in decline since its heyday as a foundry town and port, Hayle seems to be well and truly on the up - thanks in no small part to the summer influx of tourism to the bustling little town. A brace of smart new cafes have opened along the harbour and visitors will always find plenty to do, see and eat.

Apart from the town's industrial heritage, Hayle boasts some fine natural assets such as miles of fine sandy beaches and an estuary teaming with birdlife. Both are within walking distance of the town which in itself has some great features if you know where to look.

Hayle town centre is unusual in that it is really only one street. However it is a very long street joining the historic Foundry district to the shops of the Copperhouse district and is packed with great little shops, boutiques and cafes to tempt the visitor.

But what can you actually do to pass the time in Hayle? Here’s our top 10 visitor tips for you.

  1. Visit the Beaches - Hayle has built its reputation as a resort town on its "3 miles of golden sand" and this is a pretty fair summary. At low tide there is an uninterrupted stretch of beautiful, fine sand reaching from the estuary mouth all the way to Godrevy Point in the north. The beaches closest to the estuary are referred to as the Towans, and despite being closest to town they have a wild feel with high windswept dunes and wide open space. Gwithian and Godrevy at the north are popular with surfers, and also great for kids with plenty of facilities and some super rock pools.
  2. Try an authentic Cornish Pasty - Hayle is one of the best towns in West Cornwall to get a pasty from. Not only is there the "Famous" Philp's bakery down by the harbour and the Foundry but there is the lesser known, but equally excellent, Hampsons. The bonus of choosing a Philp's pasty is you can sit in the car park and look out over the harbour whilst munching your pasty.
  3. Paradise Park - Paradise Park dates back to the 1970s when it was set up by former "Milky Bar Kid" Mike Reynolds. A large Victorian house set in extensive grounds, Reynolds thought it was the ideal place for a tropical bird garden. Initially called “Bird Paradise”, it has expanded much over the years to become one of Cornwall's top tourist attractions. Paradise Park now boasts a petting farm, small railway, an indoor play area and still maintains a fine collection of birds.
  4. Industrial heritage - however you enter Hayle it is hard not to be reminded that this was once an important industrial town. At one end the old iron works and the other the derelict bulk of Loggans Mill. Even the names of Hayle's two districts; Copperhouse and Foundry, reflect this heritage. Hayle's industrial credential date back over 2,000 years when it is said the Phoenicians came here to trade tin. In 2006, both the harbour and Foundry part of the town were awarded World Heritage status in recognition of their historic importance. It is well worth exploring the old Foundry and taking a walk along the recently spruced up quaysides.
  5. Waterside Cafes - over recent years Hayle has experienced something of a renaissance, and the Foundry end of town has been spruced up in admirable fashion. Also worth a visit is Mr B's Ice Cream Parlour, just up the road. There are more varieties of freshly made ice cream served than you ever knew existed!
  6. Birdwatching - Hayle is firmly on the twitcher's map with the Estuary and Copperhouse Creek RSPB reserves providing unique habitats. As the most southerly tidal estuary in Britain the water never freezes here and in the winter it becomes a haven for migrating wildfowl. Throughout the year any number of birds from the mundane to the exotic can be spotted here; Curlew, Little Egret, Oystercatchers, Widgeon and the occasional Osprey are just some of the birds to be found here.
  7. Surfing - As mentioned there are no shortages of beaches near Hayle. Not only do these beaches look nice they also provide some of the most consistent surfing conditions in Cornwall. On all but the calmest of summer's days there will be a surfable wave somewhere between Godrevy and Hawks Point across the river mouth. One of the great things about this stretch of coast is the waves get gradually bigger as you move along the beach. It also curves around so you can find some offshore if the wind is anywhere between easterly and south-westerly.
  8. Feeding the ducks - One of the nicest spots in Hayle is the old Millpond. It is hard to imagine that this peaceful pool was once part of a global centre of industry. In those days the pond was part of a water system which drove a mill used for grinding corn. This was in turn fed to an army of horses which transported the goods produced by the foundry over land or to the nearby harbour. These days the majority of activity in Hayle's millpond is due to the ducks! They are more than happy to receive a tasty treat from Philp's bakery next door.
  9. St Ives Train -There is a train station in Hayle itself; it's on the main Penzance to Paddington line. However, if it is a scenic ride that skirts some of the most picturesque coastal scenery anywhere in Cornwall that you are after then you'll need to head to Lelant Saltings station. From here you can take what has oft been described as the most scenic railway in Britain. The highlight of the St Ives Railway is as it hugs the cliffs above Carbis Bay beach and you get your first glimpse of the St Ives as you round Porthminster Point.
  10. Climb Trencrom Hill - At around 550 feet (175m) high Trencrom Hill is the highest point in the old district of Penwith. As you can imagine, the views from the top are pretty spectacular. To the south you look down over Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount; to the east the view up the coast is stunning, with all of Hayle's beaches laid out in front of you and St Agnes Beacon looming in the distance. Owned by National Trust, Trencrom also has many signs of prehistoric settlement. Whilst these are not easy to discern, you can appreciate the weather worn rocks that help make this a very atmospheric spot.
Events this Month in Cornwall (May 2019)

Events this Month in Cornwall (May 2019)

Anna Boghiguian at Tate St Ives

Location- Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, Porthmeor Beach, TR26 1TG Date- 8 Feb 2019 to 6 May 2019 Description- The first UK retrospective of the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origin, Anna Boghiguian. For this exhibition, Anna Boghiguian has created a new work inspired by the industrial history of Cornwall; featuring characters, processes and materials drawn from the mining and fishing industries.

Outlining the South West

OUTLINING THE SOUTH WEST, Old Coastguard Hotel Visit Cornwall 2019

Location- West Cornwall > Mousehole Date- 5 Apr 2019 to 30 Jun 2019 Description- 630 miles of the South West Coast through the eyes of an artist. The artworks include a pictorial record of Anita’s marathon walk along the 630 mile South West Coast Path. The prints and paintings of Devon based artist, Anita Reynolds, are the subject of EATDRINKSLEEP’s upcoming Spring Exhibition at their small coastal hotel in Mousehole, The Old Coastguard.

Sterts Spring 2019

Location- Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Liskeard Date- 6 Apr 2019 to 1 Jun 2019 Description- A new season at Sterts, the theatre on Bodmin Moor! Cabaret, poetry, singing, brass, theatre and beer! Sat 4th May 12-11 pm This year Sterts are hosting their very own beer festival!! The Country Men will be providing excellent live music. Sterts Singers Sat 11 |May 7.30 pm Tickets £10 Come and join Sterts Singers for a spring showcase of music and entertainment including previews of Sterts In House Summer Shows. Sat 25th May 9.30 am Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival More Info here Rock Meets Brass Tickets Sun 26 May 5.00 pm Tickets Full £12/Child £6 East Cornwall's premier Brass Band, St Pinnock are very proud to present an evening of Rock and Brass with their very special guest, Rock Choir Cornwall. Aladdin Jnr - Sterts Junior Theatre Company Wed 29th, Thurs 30th, Fri 31st May 7.00 pm Sat 1st June 2.00 pm Tickets Full £8/Child £6 Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway and West End show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story opens up “a whole new world” for Sterts’ young performers! Further details can be found on the Sterts Theatre website or by ringing our Box Office. Tel : 01579 362382

Roseland Festival

Roseland Festival 2019

Location- The Roseland, St Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5AG Date- 23 Apr 2019 to 4 May 2019 Description- Folk, jazz and choirs, history and art, films and photography, , walks and talks – they are all going into the melting pot of the Roseland Festival. Edwina Hayes, one of our guest artists, is an outstanding folk singer, song writer and raconteur. Geoff Lakeman, the West Country folk singer, will be our opening event, Orpheus, a brazilian influences jazz band will perform over the middle weekend and Kit Hill Billies, returning after a resounding success last year will be our closing the event. Tresillian Ladies Choir, joined this year Cornish Connection barber’s shop quartet a male chorus who sing acapella. The FalRiver Company are kindly supplying a boat for our history and bird watching sail along the Fal. Dan Sefton, script writer of “the Good Karma Hospital” and “Trust Me” among other dramas, will be giving a talk about his work and for young people there will be a drama workshop. Authors. Patrick Gale and Robert Goddard will both have sessions. There are pottery and candle making workshops. Robin Mason, the artist will be holding a alongside a weekend exhibition at the Harbour Gallery. Two classic Films will be shown and a wine and Spirit tasting events. We have a churches tour and a walk around historic St Mawes, talks on Tate St Ives and the Roseland in WW2. These and other events will provide an entertaining and interesting programme. Tickets can be booked through our website or through the Cornish Riviera Booking Office.The Festival has a scheme by which anyone can become a “Friend”. For a small fee of (£10) a Friend has priority booking . To take advantage of the scheme contact [email protected], or via the website  

Padstow May Day

Padstow May Day, Obby Oss, Cornwall

Date- 1 May 2019 Location- North Coast > Padstow Description- The biggest day in Padstow's calendar. It's not unusual for 30,000 people to flock into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. Overnight the locals decorate the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole and the following morning two "osses", one red and one blue emerge from their stables. The “osses”, swirling and dancing proceed through Padstow's streets taunted by a Teazer, who leads the dance with theatrical movements. The accompanying retinue are dressed all in white with their costumes decorated with ribbons and sprays of cowslips and bluebells. As the procession moves around the town, dancers perform a traditional gyrating dance to the sound of musicians and drummers. Last, but not least, are the followers, young and old who join the procession every year singing of the traditional May Song.  

Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival

Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival

Date- 2 May 2019 to 6 May 2019 Location- Cornwall From across the globe, male choirs of all ages from boys to senior citizens descend on Cornwall for the 2019 International Male Choral Festival, for what is now the largest event of its kind in the World. More than 50 concerts and celebrations in 40 venues across the county running from May 2nd– May 6th 2019 will take place. Check this website for locations and tickets

The Masked Ball

Date- 3 May 2019 to 5 May 2019 Location- Porthleven, Cornwall Description- The Masked Ball is a spectacular themed event in Cornwall, staged by a group of friends who just love throwing parties. The three-day spring ball on a cliff takes place on the cliffs at Beacon Crag, Porthleven and is a real launchpad to the Festival season.

St Agnes Bolster Festival

St Agnes Bolster Festival, What's on, Cornwall

Date- 4 May 2019 to 6 May 2019 Location- Churchtown, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0QW Description- A celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. A great day out for all the family.

Paradise Park’s Red Squirrel Rambles

Date- 4 May 2019 to 6 May 2019 Location- 16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HB Description- Over the Bank Holiday Weekend, See the Red Squirrels at Paradise Park, learn about what makes them unique, who shares their habitat and the Park’s role in breeding them for reintroduction into the wild.


Polkerris Beach Swim-SUP-Run Triathlon

Date- 4 May 2019 Location- Polkerris Beach, Cornwall, PL24 2TL Description- Back for its second year is the Polkerris Beach alternative Swim/SUP/Run Triathlon. The traditional bike leg is replaced with a Stand Up Paddle board. On the same day as the we are hosting a single 5km paddle board race alongside the triathlon.    

Helston Flora Day

Helston Flora Day, Cornwall

Date- 8 May 2019 Location- Helston Flora Day, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8ER Description- The famous Flora Day celebration is believed to be pre-Christian and at one time during the Victorian era was banned as being "a drunken revelry." Dancing begins at 7am. A great family day out.


St Ives Food and Drink Festival

St Ives Food and Drink Festival 2019 Visit Cornwall What's On

Date- 10 May 2019 to 12 May 2019 Location- Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DS Description- A celebration and gathering of some of the finest food & drink producers and chefs in Cornwall which will take place in St Ives on Porthminster Beach – believed to be the UK’s only beach food and drink festival.


Fowey Festival: Music Events

Fowey Festival, Seth Lakeman 2019

Date- 10 May 2019 to 16 May 2019 Location- The du Maurier Festival Society, 74 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1BQ Description- This years Fowey Festival includes concerts by two of the south west's finest folk acts, kicking off with Seth Lakeman on the 10th followed by Show of Hands on the 16th. The du Maurier Festival Society  

Fowey Festival of Art & Literature

What's on in Cornwall, Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Cornwall

Date- 10 May 2019 to 18 May 2019 Location- The du Maurier Festival Society, 74 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1BQ Description- Exciting programme includes talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, musical concerts, an Art trail, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination.


Eden Classic Sportive

Eden Classic cycle ride, Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall

Date- 12 May 2019 Location-Eden Classic Cycle Ride, Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG Description- Our mass participation cycling event is back for its fifth year! Challenge yourself with the short, mid or long distance courses through spectacular coastal scenery.    

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival, Bude, Cornwall, What's on

Date- 24 May 2019 to 27 May 2019 Location- Bude & Stratton Folk Festival, The Falcon Hotel and various venues in Bude, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8SD Description- The Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk concerts, workshops and themed events held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It features dance displays, music and song all based in and around the North Cornwall coastal town of Bude.


Fal River Festival 2019

Fal River Festival, What's On, Visit Cornwall, 2018

Date- 24 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019 Location- Fal River Festival, Falmouth, and surrounding, areas, Cornwall Description- This fantastic 10 day celebration offers something for everyone, with over 100 events showcasing creative talent from the worlds of art, music, food, theatre, film, adventure & more.


Huguette Caland at Tate St Ives

Date- 24 May 2019 to 1 Sep 2019 Location- Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG Description- Shifting between figuration and abstraction, large, colourful canvases and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s will explore the delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit that Huguette Caland created in her work.


Open Studios Cornwall 2019

Open Studios Cornwall, Art & Culture, Sandy Horton Glass

Date- 25 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019 Location-Cornwall Open Studios, Creative Skills, Krowji, Cornwall, TR1 1EA Description- Artists and craftspeople all over Cornwall throw open the doors to their studios for a week at the beginning of the summer.

Dick V Dom at the Eden Project

Date- 25 May 2019 to 1 Jun 2019 Location- The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG Description- BOGIES!!!! Don’t miss our very exciting May half-term programme, when the wonderful Dick and Dom take up residency at Eden!


Bug and Butterfly Quest at Paradise Park

Bug and Butterfly Quest at Paradise Park, Visit Cornwall, what's on

Date- 25 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019 Location- 16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HB Description- A fun way to explore the amazing world of insect life. Search out the questions around Paradise Park to learn about colourful butterflies, barmy bugs and creepy insects in our Whitsun ‘Bug & Butterfly Quest’.

Garden Magic on the Mount

Date- 27 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 Location- St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 0EF Description- During May Half Term celebrate the colours that spring brings to the Mount's unique garden. The garden lawn will become a hub of crafty activity as we take inspiration from the colours and patterns of the plants and flowers in the Mount garden.

Great Estate Festival

Great Estate Festival 2018, Cornwall

Date- 31 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019 Location- Scorrier House, Scorrier, Redruth, TR16 5AU Description- Great Estate Garden Fete, held within the prestigious and mystical grounds of Scorrier House, minutes away from the beautiful Cornish coastline, you can be sure to expect the unexpected... Get your tickets now!

Stomp and Twang Festival

Date- 31 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019 Location- South Coast > Falmouth Description- Sadly this event has been cancelled

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Events This Month In Cornwall (April 2019)

Events This Month In Cornwall (April 2019)

Anna Boghiguian at Tate St Ives

Location- Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG

Date- Daily until 8 Feb 2019 to 6 May 2019 11am-11.30am


Which beach should you visit in Cornwall?

Ever wondered what a complete review of every single beach in Cornwall would look like?! Then look no further, because we’ve been to them all....and now, so can you!

Portwrinkle Beach

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Location - Portwrinkle Beach, Crafthole, Nr. Looe, Cornwall, PL11 3BP

Description - Portwrinkle is on the western end of Whitsand Bay, on the south coast of Cornwall. There are two sand and shingle beaches with numerous rock pools and a small harbour. Portwrinkle is popular with families and the east beach, known as Finnygook beach, can be used by experienced surfers. There are steep paths down to both Portwrinkle beaches.

Portwrinkle was traditionally a fishing village and the old 17th century walls of the pilchard cellars are still standing, although they have been incorporated into housing. Although the village has no shops, apart from the beach car park cafe, there is a shop and post office in nearby village of Crafthole.

Also known as: Hoodny and Finnygook

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban, Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: Access is relatively easy via the path down to the harbour

Facilities: There is a beach cafe at Finygook along with toilets on the opposite side of the road.

Parking: There is a reasonably sized car park directly behind Finygook beach. Beyond this parking opportunities are few and far between in the village.

Porthmeor Beach

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Location- Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1JZ

Description - Situated in the shadow of the iconic Tate St Ives building, Porthmeor is sandy, safe beach popular with surfers and swimmers alike in an ideal location just a stone’s throw from the centre of St Ives where you’ll find ancient pubs, trendy cafes and lots of art galleries the town is famous for. A perfect place for a beach picnic - you can easily get all you need from the town, the beach is busy in summer with families who enjoy the easy access and in winter the surf brigade from the town have all those rollers right on their doorstep. Porthmeor is one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award 2017, given in recognition of water quality, safety, environmental management and education.

Lifeguard cover from the 30th of March until the 28th of October (2018).

Parking - the car parks in St Ives get full very early in main season, and the large car park at the top of town can bit a hike back up. Why not try parking at St Erth station or Lelant Saltings and enjoy the scenic branch line into the heart of St Ives.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between the Sunday before Easter and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Nansidwell Beach

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Location- Nansidwell Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5HN

Description- Between Maenporth and Mawnan Smith there is a footpath that leads down through some beautiful wooded areas and ends at the little beach of Nansidwell, part of an area looked after by the National Trust.

Nansidwell is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches from St Michael’s Mount near Penzance to the outskirts of Falmouth, taking in the whole of the Lizard Peninsula and the Helford River.

Mixture of sand with some shingle interspersed with rocks. A five to ten minute walk. Maybe longer on the way back if you have children, but don't try taking a pushchair!

Nansidwell is a year-round dog-friendly beach. There are no facilities at the beach.

Peter’s Point Beach, Hayle

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Location- Peter's Point Beach, Hayle, Cornwall, TR26 1SZ

Description- Peter's Point beach is at the far end of the three mile stretch of golden sands at Hayle that allows visitors to get away from the crowds.

A sandy beach at low tide with rocky areas and little distinct coves at high tide. The beach is backed by fairly unstable shale cliffs with a footpath carved into the cliff face providing limited access.

Also known as: Godrevey, Peter's Point

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: There is a summer lifeguard service located on Peter's Point from 19 May - 30 September

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Well equipped, pleasant cafe located in the car park

Parking: Godrevy is National Trust Property as is the ample car parking.

Polridmouth Cove Beach

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Location- Polridmouth Cove Beach, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1HW

Description- Polridmouth Beach is set in an attractive, sheltered cove to the east of Gribbin Head and west of the popular town of Fowey.

Much of the south-facing beach is reclaimed by the sea at high tide, which divides the beach into two distinct, small beaches. Polridmouth Cove is passed on the South West Coast Path with stunning coastal views from Fowey to St Austell, a journey which also encompasses Polkerris beach and Par Sands beach. Small attractive sandy south facing cove mostly covered at high tide.

Polridmouth Beach is set in an attractive, sheltered cove to the east of Gribbin Head and west of the popular town of Fowey.

Type of beach: Sand and shingle

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: Access to the beach is by an unmade track about 15 minutes from car park – track may not be suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc.

Facilities: There are no facilities at the beach.

Parking: There is a car park by the farm about 10 minutes walk up a farm track from the cove

Polurrian Cove Beach

Location- Polurrian Cove, Mullion, Cornwall, TR12 7EN

Description - Polurrian Cove lies close to the village of Mullion on The Lizard and is a southwest-facing beach with golden sand and patches of fine shingle.It is especially popular in summer with excellent cliff walks northwards along Angrouse Cliff towards Poldhu Cove and south towards Mullion Cove and its tiny harbour.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: There is a summer weekend only lifeguard service from 7 July to 2 September

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Cafe

Parking: nearest parking is in Mullion village, about 10 minutes walk from the beach

St Ives Harbour Beach

St Ives Harbour Beach | St Ives | Cornwall

Location- St Ives Harbour, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1PU

Description- Located in the town’s harbour sheltered by thick harbour walls a soft sandy beach is revealed when the tide’s out which is a perfect sun trap even on less balmy days.

An ideal safe spot for swimming and building sand castles, the beach has easy access and is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of this popular resort, so you won’t go short of ice creams and hot pasties and there are many shops, galleries, cafes and pubs along the street that runs parallel to the sea.

St Ives is still very much a working port and from the beach you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catches of fresh seafood like mackerel and bass and the town’s Lifeboat Station, situated on the harbour for over 100 years, is open to the visitors during the summer season.

Please note: Seasonal dog ban applies on this beach, Sunday before Easter to 1st October.

Also known as: St Ives Town Beach

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Facilities: All amenities very close by - numerous cafés, restaurants and shops. Amusement arcade close to beach.

Parking: Car parks in St Ives are often full. For anyone staying out of town it is often better to leave the car at St Erth or Lelant Stations and take the train to St Ives. The view from the train is superb.

Porthleven Beach

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Location- Porthleven Beach, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9EA

Description- Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - excellent water quality

Three glorious miles of sand and steeply shelving shingle, stretching in an easterly direction, when the tide is out, past Loe Bar and the Penrose Estate. Porthleven beach is next to the the granite pier of the harbour and accessed from Porthleven village.

Bathing is not advised as there are strong undercurrents here.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 7 July to 2 September

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: All facilities in town of Porthleven.

Parking: Parking around harbour area

Watergate Bay Beach

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Location- Watergate Bay, Cornwall, TR8 4AA

Description- Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - excellent water quality.

Watergate Bay beach, about 3 miles from Newquay on the North Cornwall coast, is a large beach. Two miles of golden sand at low tide stretches towards Newquay and out to sea enormous waves come in from the Atlantic providing a spectacular sight and a popular surfing and kitesurfing spot.

It is a large, open bay and frequently picks up swell from the Atlantic and is popular with families and surfers. Watergate Bay is a 15 minute drive from Newquay or a 45 minute walk, however this is a strenuous walk with many hills and valleys. The two miles of golden sand and azure sea make this a fantastic beach for surfers and activity lovers of all ages and abilities. Watergate Bay hosts demonstrations, events, championships and festivals in a variety of sand, sea and air sports as well as the annual Polo on the Beach.

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant and social enterprise directly overlooks the bay, along with the contemporary Watergate Bay Hotel and shoreline restaurant, The Beach Hut, and the beach shop and Venus take-away.

Also known as: Tregurrian.

Type of beach: Sandy.

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 5 May to 30 September and Easter bank holiday.

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year.

Disabled access: Beach is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Main steps to beach rebuilt to aid ambient disabled users.

Facilities: The facilities include a beach side cafe, restaurant, toilets and shop.

Parking: There are 2 car parks towards the middle of the beach both of which charge.

Portheras Cove Beach

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Location- Portheras Cove, St Ives, Cornwall, TR19 7TU

Description- A real 'locals' beach, off the beaten track and tricky to find without local knowledge.

On the northern edge of West Cornwall between Morvah and Pendeen. The cove is sandy and located at the end of a small valley. Until recently parts of the beach were out of bounds due to razor sharp fragments of an old wreck under the sand, but in 2004 the wreck was finally cleaned up making the beach safe once again. Seals are a common sight here.

As a surfing beach it does occasionally have a quality shorebreak on a high tide and is popular with local body-boarders.

Also known as: Portherras Cove

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: Either park in the farm car park at the end of 'Rose Valley' or park in the Pendeen Watch car park.

Porthgwarra Beach

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Location- Porthgwarra Beach, Porthcurno, Cornwall, TR19 6JR

Description- A picturesque fishing hamlet in West Cornwall, with some boats still launching from here, Porthgwarra has a small secluded beach just around the corner from Porthcurno. Once a thriving fishing cove, the beautiful Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and boasts a peaceful existence surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife.

Minimal sand at low tide. Surf rescue equipment present at the beach.

Poldark connection: The popular scene in series one featuring Ross taking a swim in the crystal clear water while watched from the cliff tops by Demelza was filmed here, as well the pilchard fishing scene and many others.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Toilets, telephone box, and old fashioned seaside shop selling assorted souvenirs and snacks.

Parking: Ample car parking in field just by the village.

Cadgwith Cove Beach

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Location- Cadgwith Cove Beach, Cadgwith, Cornwall, TR12 7JZ

Description- This attractive fishing village on the Lizard has two small east-facing shingle beaches either side of a rocky promontory called the Todden.

Cadgwith is home to local fishing boats and the familiar ink-well pots used for crab and lobster.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Toilets, shop, cafe.

Parking: 75 space car park a few minutes up the road.

Loe Bar Beach

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Location- Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9DZ

Description- Loe Bar beach is a half mile shingle bank which separates the Loe, the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea. Loe Bar was originally the mouth of the River Cober which led to a harbour in Helston. However, by the 13th century the bar had cut Helston off from the sea and formed the pool.

Loe Bar has a well earned reputation for being treacherous and over the years several lives have been lost. The combination of powerful waves, a steep slippery shingle bank and vicious currents make it a very dangerous stretch of beach. Don’t even think about swimming here.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No but plenty of signs saying NOT to swim here!

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: There is a small car park to the east of Porthleven, about 15 minutes walk away.

Chapel Porth Beach

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Location- Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0NS

Description- Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - excellent water quality. This is one of Cornwall’s natural assets at its best. When the tide’s out there are rock pools and caves to explore and when conditions are right the surf here is fantastic.

The dramatic ruins of the old Wheal Coates tin mine are perched on the cliffs above the beach, and the walk from here around the coast to the village of St Agnes gives stunning views.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 19 May – 30 September

Dogs friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: National Trust café and toilets.

Parking: National Trust owned car-park. (Car park free to National Trust members).

Marazion Beach

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Location- Marazion Beach, Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 0EG

Description- At low tide access to St Michael's Mount is by way of a granite causeway, once walked by pilgrims. Whilst at high tide a gentle boat ride take visitors to the historic castle on the island.

Simply relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of this enchanting beach is pleasure enough but with windsurfing, kitesurfing, jet skiing and sailing all on offer there is plenty to keep even the most energetic busy.

The long sandy beach is very safe, and a short walk along the sand dunes will enable you to find a private sun trap. There are rock pools to explore around Chapel Rock and Marazion Harbour, and a well equipped play park is situated just above the beach. Facilities for sailing and windsurfing are available, with a windsurfing school situated at the far end of Marazion beach.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Lifeguard service during summer months (7 July - 2 September)

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: Plenty of facilities and easy level access from the main car park. There is also a ramp down to the beach near the western car park.

Facilities: Marazion town has all the shops and facilities you'll need including toilets by the beach, cafes, restaurants and The Godolphin Arms overlooking the beach in front of the Mount at one end of the beach and the Station House at the other.

Parking: There are a number of car parks on the beach front to the west of the town.

Hawkers Cove Beach

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Location- Hawker's Cove Beach, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8LR

Description- Making a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Padstow, Hawkers Cove is best reached on foot from the town along the South West Coast Path, passing Gun Point, where you’ll find abandoned fortifications dating back to the Napoleonic war. Opposite are the golden sands of Daymer Bay while when the tide comes in, part of the beach is submerged to form the infamous Doom Bar sand bank that has been a perilous hazard to shipping for centuries. Just up from the beach there is a very pleasant tea garden located at the back of the two hundred year old Coastguard Houses.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: There is a car park serving Harbour Cove (which is only a few minutes walk away). To get to the car park follow the signs for Crugmeer and Hawker's Cove from the B3276. The car park is on the right as you drive through Crugmeer. Alternatively, there are a few parking spaces further up the lane by the farm.

Kingsand Beach

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Location- Kingsand Beach, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1NA

Description- In a secluded corner of South East Cornwall, Kingsand and its neighbouring beach at Cawsand are east-facing beaches of sand and shingle and great views of Plymouth Sound. The beaches are relatively sheltered by Picklecombe Point to the east and Penlee Point/Rame Head to the west. There are rock pools to explore at Kingsand and access to both beaches are via slopes and a few steps.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Perranuthnoe Beach

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Location- Perranuthnoe Beach, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9NE

Description- Perranuthnoe beach is located on the south coast around a mile to the east of Marazion, with fine views of Cornwall's jewel, St Michael's Mount. At low tide Perranuthnoe is a sandy beach with some shingle and at high tide the beach is mostly claimed by the sea. The beach is a popular one with surfers. Known by locals as Perran Sands the beach can be confused with the beach of the same name at Perranporth.

Also known as: Perran Sands

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Parking: Car park close to beach.

Towan Beach – Newquay

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Location- Towan Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1DT

Description- Towan Beach is at the heart of Newquay, one of the liveliest resorts in Cornwall, at the bottom of a steeply sloping hill. The beach is bordered to the west by the harbour and at the east by 'the Island' a towering rocky outcrop called which is connected to the mainland by a suspension footbridge.

The beaches at both Great Western and Tolcarne can be reached at low tide forming one extended sandy strip. The Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is right by the beach is also a fascinating attraction for young and old.

A sand chair is available to hire, please book from the Aqurarium, call 01637 878134, for a nominal charge.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Daily from 5 May to 30 September, also Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year.

Parking: Newquay Town Centre parking is a few minutes away from the beach.

Talland Bay Beach

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Location- Talland Bay Beach, Polperro, Cornwall, PL13 2RY

Description- There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small - the one to the west has sand both at high tide and low tide and is good for swimming at both high and low tides.

There are lots of rock pools to be discovered at low tide. The second beach, to the east, is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide. There is a ramp for launching boats on the main beach and small boats can also be launched from the beach near Smugglers Cottage. There are small coves and beautiful natural tidal pools to swim in.

The main beach, Talland Sand, is the most westerly of the two and is a popular, well-equipped beach. There is a car park, toilets, shop and the Talland Bay Beach café with tables practically on the beach.
As the name suggests there is a good deal of sand here, albeit a little on the coarse side towards the high tide mark. As the tide drops it reveals a wealth of rock pools which are home to all manner of little sea creatures from hermit crabs to suckerfish. Along with safe swimming this makes Talland Bay an ideal family beach.

Type of beach: Sand and rocks

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: There is easy access to the beach in the car park close to the beach

Parking: There are a few parking spaces on the roadside near the sea along with a small, free car park near Smugglers Cottage along with a pay and display car park at The Beach Café. At Rotterdam Beach there is some roadside parking and a customer car park at the Smuggler's Rest.


Portreath Beach

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Location- Portreath Beach, Portreath, Cornwall, TR16 4PH

Description- The large beach has soft fine sand, with shingle below the shore line, that is popular with families. The harbour wall and “rocky” is popular with surfers for its “vortex” surf break. Refreshments may be obtained from the Beach Café or The Retreat Restaurant & Take-Away which has a relaxed atmosphere with comfy sofas.

There are two surf/beach shops and an amusement arcade for families located on the seafront. Public toilets are also available close by. The village has a local supermarket, Post Office, Bakery and a tearoom located within The Square. The village also has three pubs – one of which overlooks the harbour and a smaller, sandy beach.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Full lifeguard service in the Summer (19 May to 30 September)

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: Access to the beach via ramp at harbour end of car park. Some designated disabled parking spaces in the beachfront car park. Both adult and child sand chairs available from Portreath Surf Life Centre - 01209 842746

Facilities: Toilets, including disabled facilities, first aid post, lost child centre, café, restaurant, shops and surf life-saving club.

Parking: There is a reasonably large privately owned car park right on the beach

Porthcothan Bay Beach

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Location- Porthcothan Bay Beach, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8LW

Description- Porthcothan beach is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes popular for sunbathing and a favourite with families. The sandy beach opens out at low tide, connecting up with small coves to the north and south and at high tide the beach becomes very sheltered from swell and winds due to the cliffs.

Swimming and board sports are on offer in a sheltered sea with water quality that is routinely checked and currently approved by DEFRA. It is located south of Constantine Bay with the nearest village St Merryn only ten minutes drive away. The coast path gives splendid views to both the north and the south as well as displaying a variety of wildlife.

Surfers find Porthcothan to be a quiet surf spot and normally no decent consistent surf. Will work from low to mid tide and breaks on sand banks producing lefts and rights. Suitable for beginners. Dangers: Rocks, occasional bad rips on spring tides, surfable at low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.

Poldark connection: Porthcothan beach near Newquay is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes, and was used as Nampara land along with shots of Hendrawna Beach.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Full lifeguard service daily in the Summer (19 May to 30 September)

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year.

Disabled access: Level access from main car park. Does involve crossing the road which can be quite busy.

Facilities: Shop and toilets.

Parking: Council owned car-park across the road from the beach.

Constantine Bay Beach

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Location- Constantine Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8JJ

Description- With a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall Constantine Bay beach offers a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands. This west-facing beach also has numerous rock pools to explore and is very popular for swimming and surfing. The water quality is routinely tested and currently approved by DEFRA

Constantine Bay is separated from its neighbour, Booby's Bay, to the north, by a thin rocky point; bordered by a large rocky reef to the south and backed by a network of sand dunes. Good marine wildlife

Surfing Information: Constantine is a very popular surf spot producing top quality waves in the North Cornwall area. It has a reef at the southern end of the bay that works through the tide, depending on swell size, that produces lefts running into the bay however, the wave can be fickle depending on swell direction. In the middle of the bay at high tide is a good peak producing rights and lefts with fast and sucky waves. There is also a point at the north end of the bay that produces good waves from mid to high tide. Suitable for experienced surfers only due to hidden rocks, dangerous rips and the beach shelves quickly at high tide.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 5 May - 30 September and Easter bank holiday weekend

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: Access to the beach is easy but parking is somewhat limited. There are disabled toilets.

Facilities: Toilets, lifeguards in summer, surf shop

Parking: Parking is limited at Constantine Bay. It’s best to park at Treyarnon Bay and then walk the coast path to Constantine Bay - takes about 10 minutes.

Tolcarne Beach

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Location- Tolcarne Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2QN


Tolcarne Beach nestles in a beautiful crescent shaped bay set against a background of cliffs that joins up with its neighbouring beaches Great Western and Lusty Glaze at low tide. The beach offers soft sand, easy swimming, fun family surfing, exciting rock pools to explore at low tide, sea fishing and the unique 'Tolcarne Wedge' for boogie boarding. Cleaned daily in the summer.

The beach shop has all you need for the perfect day on the beach - buckets & spades, wetsuits, boogie boards, sun cream, swim suits & beach games. Beach huts, windbreaks & loungers available for hire, as well as surf & body boards (foamy, custom or boogie), wetsuit & accessories. Hire by hour or day.

The surf school on the beach offers individual and group surf lessons for novice or intermediate surfer. Open all year round. Qualified BSA instructors with top quality equipment and suits.

The Venus cafe, located right on the beach, opens from Easter all through the summer and offers an excellent range of local and organically produced food and drink. The Venus Company specialise in the best alfresco style dining experience and have been awarded the Gold England for Excellence Sustainable Tourism Award.

Great views of the harbour and headland plus some good but safe surf make this a popular beach with families, although some are put off by the walk down the high cliffs, which involves more than two hundred steps.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Full lifeguard service in the Summer (19 May to 30 September)

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Toilets, surf shop & school, crazy golf, café.

Trevone Bay Beach

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Location- Trevone Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, TR8 4BU

Description- Trevone Bay beach, Padstow, North Cornwall is located to the south of Trevose Head and to the north of Harlyn Bay. It has been awarded the Blue Flag Award 2017, one of only eight beaches that have received the award in Cornwall.

This gently shelving, sandy beach is surrounded by cliffs and situated in an area of great geological interest

The beach has golden sand and little alcoves to sit and watch away the day

The cliffs to the north east of the beach provide fantastic walks and views to Hawkers Cove, the Camel Estuary and beyond. The cliff has a large blowhole as well, which appears on top of the cliff, so beware of getting too close to the edge if you're not good with heights!

Popular with surfers this small cove produces good waves from low to mid tide. Right handers from the rocks on the right and a peak in the middle that has mainly rights and shorter lefts. It also has lefts off the left-hand side of the bay. Suitable for: intermediate and experienced surfers.

Dangers: Extremely powerful rip on the right of the beach

Tides: Surfable low to mid tide. Wind: SE/E offshore.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Full lifeguard service in the Summer (19 May to 30 September)

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: Easy access from the car-park.

Facilities: The beach has toilets, café and a sop. The village of Trevone has many amenities and is close to the beach.

Parking: Two large car-parks either end of the beach.

East Looe Beach

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Location- East Looe Beach, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1HA

Description- A long-time favourite with holidaymakers, East Looe beach is a perfect location for swimming as the beach gently shelves providing easy access especially for the little ones. The sand is great for castle building and you can promenade along the sea front enjoying an ice cream. Backed by substantial sea defences where you can sit and watch the world go by, behind the beach is the vibrant main town home to cafes, restaurants and shops.

From the unusually shaped Banjo Pier next to the beach you can watch the many fishing boats come and go while crabbing is the favoured pastime for kids along the nearby harbour walls. Many boat trips leave from the town to explore the beautiful coastline and Looe Island, a wildlife sanctuary just off Hannafore Point and there’s even a glass bottom boat from where you can observe the marvels of local marine life.

Being situated so close to Looe town centre has its good and bad points. There are plenty of facilities, including toilets and cafes, practically on the beach. The major drawback is that Looe is a very popular resort town and in the summer the beach is incredibly busy. Also access is generally by foot as traffic is prohibited from the town centre in the summer and the nearest parking (if you can find any) is a considerable walk.

Also known as: Looe Beach

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? All year dog ban in force

Disabled access: Access to the beach itself is easy but the nearest parking is a fair distance away, albeit level. A sand chair is available for hire via the Looe Town Trust Seafront Workshops - 01503 263709

Parking: Whilst there are several car parks in Looe, including a large one just by the bridge in East Looe, they tend to fill up quickly so getting here early is essential. From this car park there is a 5 minute walk through the town centre. Other alternatives involve parking across the river in West Looe and getting a ferry over - or walking around (approx 15 minutes).

Whitsand Bay

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Location- Whitsand Bay Beach, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 3BY

Description- The beaches of Whitsand Bay offer three miles of stunning sand from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and are considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Reached by steep paths and steps that wind down between the verdant vegitation, these beaches are never crowded. At low tide the long stretches of glistening sand provides great walking or jogging opportunities, whilst the constant swell keeps surfers happy riding some huge waves.

Rock pools dotted along the beach reveal fascinating marine life, and out to sea the bay is a popular dive site, home to HMS Scylla, an ex-naval frigate sunk in 2004 to form an artificial reef.

Please Note: Ripcurrents make swimming here potentially dangerous. Caution is advised.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 5 May - 30 September

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Facilities: nearby Golf / Country Club

Parking: Two car parks

Bedruthan Steps Beach

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Location- Bedruthan Steps, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4BU

Description- Access to the beach is difficult, and down a steep narrow set of steps cut into the cliff. Only for the fit and agile, take care with young children. The beach itself has beautiful golden sands, and is only accessible at low tide.

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps is one of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast and is an absolute must-see. The landscape is synonymous with shipwrecks and smugglers, and the spectacular clifftop views look out over Bedruthan Steps, where a rank of colossal, pointed stacks march out of the atlantic waves against a dramatic backdrop.

Enjoy magnificent walks meandering past a succession of picture-postcard coves, windswept headlands and old-fashioned holiday resorts, this stretch of the coast path running north of Bedruthan ranks among the prettiest in the south west.

The National Trust has rebuilt the steep cliff staircase to the beach, but visitors need to be aware of the risk of being cut off by the tide.

Also known as: Carnewas

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: There is a fairly substantial privately owned car park stretching to near the top of the cliffs.

Porthchapel Beach

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Location- Porthchapel Beach, Lands End, Cornwall, TR19 6JS

Description- South facing sheltered cove, surrounded by cliffs.

Access is along a narrow cliff path with a rock climb down to the beach and therefore only suitable for the agile and able bodied.

You can surf this beach. Surf rescue equipment is present. Seals are regular visitors to the beach and are often seen swimming just off shore.

Generally quiet this sandy beach is a favourite with local families although never becomes crowded. Due to its location, access is only suitable for the able bodied; the narrow cliff path winds through a beautiful wooded valley followed by a climb down rocks to the beach.
Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October (applies only below high-water mark)

Facilities: There are no facilities at Porthchapel. The nearest shop is at the Minnack Theatre just along the coast path with further facilities in the village at Porthcurno.

Parking: Small field car park next to the church at St Levan. About 5-10 minutes walk from the beach.

Holywell Bay Beach

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Location- Holywell Bay, Nr Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5DD

Description-This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast’s wide open bays large enough for everyone to enjoy whatever comes naturally. Go body boarding in the water, storm watch in winter or stroll across the sands with the dog, Holywell is also an ideal place to just sit on the beach and read a good book while the kids play in the stream or enjoy the waves.

On the beach you can explore the fascinating grotto-like Holywell Cave with its calcium deposits and at low tide a wreck of an old Argentinian coaster can be seen just offshore. At high tide there is ample room amongst the dunes, some of which rise up 60 feet, for a beach picnic and it’s a suitably romantic spot to watch the sun go down. Nearby is the Holywell fun park with self-drive rides, pitch and putt and a kids zone.

Poldark connection:This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast’s wide open bays. Holywell Bay and its iconic Gull Rock act as the backdrop to many of the beach scenes in series three.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 5 May - 30 September

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: Car-park right next to the beach (Car park free to National Trust members).

Seaton Beach

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Location- Seaton Beach, Nr Looe, Cornwall, PL11 3JQ

Description- This lovely family beach with large cafe, shop and toilets set in a quieter part of Cornwall has everything you need for a memorable day out. The large beach of sand with small pebbles is south facing and located at the entrance of the River Seaton valley. Ideal for sailing (with slipway), surfing and shore fishing and for the younger ones some paddling and splashing out in the river.

You can also take a gentle stroll along the promenade to the nearby Downderry beach and if the tide is high you'll see local fishermen casting out their lines.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: Level access to the beach

Parking: Three nearby car parks, all only a few minutes walk from the beach

Lansallos Beach

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Location- Lansallos Beach, Polperro, Cornwall, PL13 2PX

Description- Lansallos Beach is one of Cornwalls hidden treasures.

Lansallos beach (also known as West Coombe) is a quiet, attractive, south facing cove of sand and rocks just a few miles west of Polperro. There is a small waterfall on the western side of the beach known as Reed Water which used to power a small mill.

Access - There is a National Trust car park in the village (free to members) with footpath access to the beach from beside the church. It's around a 20 minute walk down delightful track, beside the stream with activity points for children. Other paths lead from the National Trust campsite at Highertown Farm, across the fields and down the coombe.

Also known as: West Combe, Lansallos Cove

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Parking: Nearest parking is in Lansallos village, near the church.

Castle Beach

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Location- Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4NZ

Description- Castle Beach in Falmouth consists mostly of shingle at high tide but there are plenty of interesting rock pools to be found at low tide.

This is a lovely location with stunning views out over Falmouth Bay in one direction and the historic Pendennis Castle and St Anthony headland in the other. Parking is on the main road, with sloping flat access path plus a few steps down to the beach.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Toilets, Beach café selling souvenirs also

Parking: Parking on Cliff Road

Porthoustock Beach

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Location- Porthoustock Beach, The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 6QW

Description- Known locally as Pro'stock, Porthoustock is an east-facing beach with a large flat expanse of coarse dark sand and shingle that is popular with divers as there are lots of shipwrecks in the area around the Manacles. Swimming with care. Parking is allowed at the back of the beach taking care not to obstruct the boats of the local fishermen. There are toilets behind the beach and some picturesque thatched cottages. Coastal footpath enthusiasts can walk north on the unofficial coastpath to Porthkerris.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Facilities: Toilets only

Parking: Car park on the beach

Porthgwidden Beach

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Location- Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1PL

Description- The smallest beach of soft golden sand in St Ives, near to the Island, and very popular with families as it is very sheltered and quite an east-facing sun trap.

Despite the lack of lifeguards there are plenty of other facilities including a two-storey row of beach huts that are available to rent from the council. There is also a good cafe overlooking the beach.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: Access from the Island car park behind via a gently sloped slip road down to the beach

Parking: Parking is difficult in St Ives and it is better to visit the town by bus or by train unless staying in the town itself. Porthgwidden is located right next to the reasonably sized Island car park, but this tends to fill up relatively quickly in the summer. There is a large car park above the town but this is a bit of a walk and can be a hard climb for young families.

Crantock Beach

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Location- Crantock, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5RN

Description- Crantock offers a large expanse of golden sands backed by dunes between the Pentire Headlands to both east and west. Popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and wind-surfing with board/canoe hire on the beach. Dolphins accasionally visit too!

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 5 May - 30 September

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled Access: May not be suitable. Access is difficult through steep dunes.

Facilities / Parking: Cafes, toilets and parking with 150 spaces are nearby, along with a camp site.

Carbis Bay Beach

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Location- Carbis Bay Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2NW

Description- One of Cornwall's eight award-winning Blue Flag 2018 beaches, owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel, with safe bathing beach surrounded by subtropical splendour.

Facing northeast and just one mile east of St Ives, the beach rarely has any surf so makes for an ideal spot for families with toddlers as the sea here is perfect for swimming. Served by the picturesque St Ives branch line and around a mile long, the golden sands bathe in the bright light of west Cornwall and a short walk on the east side of the beach at low tide brings you to Porth Kidney sands where you’ll find a RSPB bird sanctuary, an important habitat for sea birds.

Part of an array of beaches that make up St Ives Bay, listed as one of the world’s best by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organisation, the beach at Carbis Bay is surrounded by sub-tropical plants and lapped by turquoise waters which just might just have you thinking you were somewhere much further south.

Also known as: Barrepta Cove

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 7 July - 2 September

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Beach shop, cafe and toilets. Also has a lost child centre, first aid post

Parking: Plenty of parking available in beachfront carpark

Porthluney Cove Beach |Caerhays

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Location- Porthluney Cove Beach, Caerhays, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6LY

Description- Porthluney Cove is a privately owned, secluded family beach with a large expanse of golden sand that's popular with the locals. South facing, in front of Caerhays Castle and Gardens, the beach enjoys a striking backdrop. There's plenty of room for beach games and exploring the rocks on the west side at low tide. The beach is excellent for swimming . The beach is directly in front of the daily charge car park and seasonal cafe, picnic area and basic toilet facilities are provided.

The opportunity to visit the grounds of Caerhays Castle is well worth while especially in the springtime. The beach is dog friendly all year round but visitors are requested to keep their dogs on leads from June-September. There is no Lifeguard cover provided. Water quality is routinely tested and is currently designated as meeting European bathing water standards.

Also known as: Caerhays Beach

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Nudist/naturist beach: Yes

Disabled access: Easy, level access from the car park behind the beach. Plenty of facilities

Facilities: Small shop and toilets

Parking: Large car park directly behind he beach. Also there is parking for visitors to Caerhays Castle nearby.

Kennack Sands Beach

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Location- Kennack Sands Beach, The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 7LT

Description- Kennack Sands, near the village of Kuggar on the Lizard peninsula, is comprised of two beaches with some grassy areas which are divided by the small hill of Carn Kennack and a shore rock feature called Caerverracks. The beach to the east is designated as a nature reserve so please treat it with respect, it can be reached via the footpath that runs along the back of the beach and over Carn Kennack.

Well known amongst the surfing fraternity, Kennack Sands has a big tidal range due to its shallow angle and regularly throws up 4 to 5 foot waves. As is usual for beaches on the Lizard Peninsula, Kennack Sands also has its own shipwreck stories and the remains of vessels can be seen from Kennack Sands on especially low tides.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Seasonal RNLI lifeguard cover - weekends 19 May - 6 July and daily 7 July - 2 September

Dog friendly beach? No dogs Easter to October - 7am-7pm. East beach (furthest from car park) dogs allowed all year

Facilities: Large car park, shop, café and toilets.

Parking: Large car park at beach.

Long Rock Beach

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Location- Long Rock Beach, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9BJ

Description- Long Rock is a safe family beach at the Penzance end of sands that stretch around Mount's Bay to Marazion. Favoured with Penzance locals as it is the most easily accessible stretch of sandy beach from town. Swimming here is particularly safe as it takes a lot of walking to get into even waist deep water and this is a popular spot for windsurfing.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Marazion lifeguards keep an eye on the eastern end of the beach during the summer months.

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Facilities: Longrock village has a shop, pubs and petrol station.

Parking: Parking available in Longrock village and right by the beach - although this fills up quickly in the summer.

Carne Beach

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Location- Carne Beach, The Roseland, Cornwall, TR2 5PF

Description- Facing south and sheltered by Nare Head rising to 300 feet over the bay, Carne Beach is situated on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula and is a favourite haunt for walkers. At high tide there is a little beach but when the waters retreat some nice sand and shingle with rocks at either end are revealed. Popular with families and sometime surfers if the conditions are right.

Also known as: Gerrans Bay

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: Good facilities for a relatively remote beach. Easy access from National Trust car park next to beach

Facilities: The restaurant at the Nare Hotel is open to non-residents. Other amenities in Portscatho, Gerrans, Veryan and St. Mawes

Parking: Limited parking is available at the beach

Polzeath Beach

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Location- Polzeath Beach, Polzeath, Cornwall, PL22 6TB

Description- An award winning beach near Wadebridge that attracts a multitude of surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. From novices to pros, looking like tadpoles bobbing in the water, the wet suited surfers all wait to catch the next perfect wave as do the occasional dolphins and seals that ride the swell alongside them too. The beach is one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that have received the Blue Flag Award 2017.

For something a little less competitive Polzeath’s little sister beach, New Polzeath to the right of the bay, is a favoured location for swimming away from the surfboards. The Waterfront Cafe Bar serves drinks and snacks during the main holiday seasons. At low tide the soft sand extends ¼ mile in either direction but when the tide comes in the beach is almost covered so a browse in the shops that line the village street or a drink in one of the cafes and pubs might be a relaxed option.

For walkers there’s is a nice easy 2 mile walk from the beach to nearby Daymer Bay and Rock which sit at the mouth of the Camel Estuary.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguard cover: Easter bank holiday, weekends during April, daily from 5 May to 30 September and weekends during October

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: Good disabled access and facilities.

Parking: There are several car parks in the vicinity of the beach, including the beach itself. Owing to the popularity of Polzeath these can fill up relatively quickly in the summer months.

Par Sands Beach

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Location- Par Sands Beach, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2AR

Description- Par Sands offers a large expanse of firm sand backed by the dunes close to the village of Par, situated 4 miles from St Austell. This south-facing beach is popular in the summer.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: There is level access from the car park located right behind the beach

Facilities: Public toilets short walk behind the beach Shop/café and pub close by

Parking: At the rear of the beach

Charlestown Beach

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Location- Charlestown Beach, Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NJ

Description- Charlestown Beach is a south-facing, sloping shingle beach accessed by steps on the east (left) side of the historic harbour, which is home to several tall ships and has many restaurants, cafes etc. The harbour is also used as a filming locations, most recently as the main quayside in the Poldark series.

Nearby is the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? All year dog ban in force

Disabled access: There is a gently slope down to the beach on the southern side of the harbour

Facilities: Pubs and other amenities around harbour area. Small shipwreck museum open in the season.

Parking: Car park near harbour

Priest Cove

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Location- Cape Cornwall, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, TR19 7NN

Description- Priest Cove at Cape Cornwall is one of those places that you can only find in Cornwall, a rocky beach with the remains of the Victorian mining industry all around and fishermen’s sheds overgrown by wild flowers. In the winter, the Atlantic storms batter the beach and surrounding cliffs, whilst off shore the Brisons rocks stand firm, despite everything thrown at them by the elements.

The beach itself is mainly a rugged collection of rocks and pools. A little bit of shingle can be found at the back and a small pool has been created amongst the rocks for safe paddling. At high tide much of the beach is underwater. A slipway onto the beach is still used by local fisherman, whose huts cling to the cliff, covered in flowers in the late spring/summer.

Also known as: Cape Cornwall

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Facilities: Toilets at car park

Parking: Cape Cornwall car park

Daymer Bay Beach

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Location- Daymer Bay Beach, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6SA

Description- A stunning beach that at low tide forms long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes from Daymer Bay to Rock with superb views across Camel Estuary.

At south the end of the beach is the grassy mound of Braey Hill which is worth a climb for excellent views of the area. At the foot of the hill a little way from the beach is St Enodoc Church or Sinking Neddy as it is sometimes referred to due to it's close relationship with the sea and sand. It is here that the former Poet Laureate, John Betjeman is buried.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: Large car park

Gwithian Towans Beach

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Location- Gwithian Towans Beach, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5BT

Description- Blasted by the breeze off the Atlantic, the magnificent beach at Gwithian Towans is always a colourful scene of windsurfers on the water blokarts on the beach and kites in the sky. Backed by sand dunes tufted with wild grass, at low tide there is a vast amount of sand to enjoy and large areas of rock pools and caves are uncovered which are great for kids to explore.

The beach is a favourite destination for surfers as the constant swell coming in from the ocean provides good all year round conditions. Common seals are a regular sight near the beach and the area is a breeding ground for colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. The Sunset Surf beachside café and bar overlooks the beach and is open all year, serving locally sourced, seasonal ingredients wherever possible and nearby the Jam Pot Café and Shop, a former 19th century coastguard lookout, is where you can enjoy home cooked snacks and be distracted by the stunningly natural views out over St Ives Bay.

Access to the beach is along a path through the sand dunes from the car park. Large areas of rock pools, which are great for kids to explore, some caves too.

Gwithian provides consistent, quality waves suitable for all surfing abilities. It conveniently gets gradually bigger the further towards Godrevy you go - so you can find a wave to suit your ability. On a good day expect long walling lefts and rights with the possiblility of a few barrels thrown in at low tide. Optimum conditions are medium sized north coast swell and southerly round to easterly winds (south east is directly offshore).

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: Well covered during summer months (5 May-30 September), Easter Bank Holiday weekend and weekends during October

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: There is a cafe and beach shop by the main car park plus another couple of places set back in the dunes.

Parking: Plenty of parking between the road and the beach.

Gyllyngvase Beach

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Location- Gyllyngvase Beach, Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4PA

Description- Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth, on the South Cornwall coast is one of the most popular beaches in Falmouth.

Less than 10 minutes walk to historic Falmouth's town centre. Falmouth's largest beach, with a fine crescent of sand, popular with families due to its’ great amenities - good for watersports.

One of only eight beaches in Cornwall to receive the Blue Flag Award 2017 which recognises that the beach is clean, with the highest quality of water, well managed and safe.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguard cover daily from 19 May - 30 September

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: There is level access to the beach along with disabled toilets. A sand chair is available for hire from Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe and can be booked on 01326 312884

Facilities: Gylly Beach Café Disabled access, toilets, refreshments and lifeguard cover during the summer. Gyllyngvase Beach has a sand chair (needs to be hired in advance) for access to the beach and the water for people with mobility problems. Call 01326 312884

Duckpool Beach

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Location- Stibb, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9JN.

Description- A wild and romantic cove with a small west-facing beach, Duckpool is often less crowded when other beaches are buzzing at the height of the season.

Four miles north of Bude the wooded Coombe Valley (a very pleasant place to walk) meets the sea, where the spectacular peak of Steeple Point Cliff over 100 metres high dominates the beach. The beach is beautiful, but not suitable for swimming, as the currents are extremely dangerous and no lifeguard cover is provided.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: There is level access to the beach from the National Trust car park

Facilities: Toilets and level access

Parking: Small National Trust owned car park

Pendower Beach

Location- The Roseland, Cornwall, TR2 5PE

Description- Pendower is a south facing sandy beach about a mile long and popular with families with excellent views along the coastline. Owned by the National Trust, the beach joins with Carne Beach at low tide. Backing the beach there are low soft cliffs and rock pools which have been designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's).

Many activities to enjoy here, including: swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sea canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and snorkeling.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Disabled access: Easy disabled access to the beach

Parking: There is a large car park behind the dunes, around 100 metres from the beach.

Maenporth Beach

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Location- Maenporth Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5HN

Description- The gently sloping beach has shallow water which is great for children. Situated approximately two miles south-southwest of Falmouth, Maenporth beach faces east across Falmouth Bay with views towards Pendennis Castle and the lighthouse on St Anthony Head. Neighbouring beaches include Swanpool and Gyllyngvase.

At low water the ship wreck of the Ben Asdale can be seen, while marine activities such as sailing, kayaking, diving and sea safaris are available for the more adventurous. Parking is right by the beach

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Disabled access: There is level access to the beach from the car park, which is right next to it.

Facilities: Beach cafe and shop selling snacks, drinks, ice creams, buckets and spades etc. Toilets

Parking: There is fee-paying parking on the beach

Crackington Haven Beach

Location- Woodford, Crackington Haven, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0JG

Description- Crackington Haven is a lovely shingle cove dominated by majestic cliffs and offering a stretch of golden sand along with many rock pools when the tide is out. Suitable for swimming and surfing the water quality is routinely checked.

Surfing Info: Usually smaller (2ft) than Widemouth, so good on big days. Rights and lefts peeling into the rip. Waves can be steep at low tide (closeout) or spilling at mid tide, breaking on reef or sand. Suitable for beginners through to experienced surfers taking account of dangerous rocks left and right, experienced surfers can use river to enter water. Tides: Surfable at Mid tide only. Wind: E/SE offshore.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 2 - 10 June and 7 July - 2 September

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Two cafes, shop, pub, toilets and surf hire

Parking: Car Park at the beach (Pay and Display)

Lamorna Cove Beach

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Location- Lamorna Cove Beach, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6XH

Description- The cove has a small pebble beach beside beside the harbour and quay with lots of large boulders especially at low tide. The cove is on the South West Coast Path between Porthcurno and Mousehole. A nice quiet spot for swimming and a good spot for scuba diving.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Café, nearby Pub

Parking: There is fee-paying parking on the quay

Coverack Beach

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Location- Coverack Beach, The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 6TF

Description- Coverack is a picturesque Cornish fishing village with a small sand and pebble beach on the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsula. The beach is fairly rocky but a good family beach nonetheless, and can provide ideal conditions for anglers. The Manacles are located just off the Coverack coast, a group of dangerous rocks which have contributed to the sinking of many ships, leaving it a popular area for divers exploring shipwrecks.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Facilities: All facilities available in nearby Coverack

Parking: Dolor Point at the far end of the town

Trebarwith Strand Beach

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Location- Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HB

Description- Trebarwith Strand is just over two miles from Tintagel along the north Cornwall heritage coastline landmarked by Gull Rock. The sandy beach becomes completely covered at high tide and is accessed over rocks when approched from the pretty village of Treknow down a picturesque valley. The Strand Cafe provides drinks and snacks throughout the main holiday seasons.

Surfing information: rights and lefts - lots of cross waves make it a peaky wave to surf, with predominately close out, fast and barelling waves. Peak on the left of the beach, pub side at mid-ish tide. Suitable for: Intermediate and experienced surfers only. Dangers: Access problems at mid tide through rocky gully. Lots of rocks at the northern end of the beach. Tides: Surfable at low to mid tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.

Just around the corner from the main beach is a little cove which has the remains of a harbour. This is Port William (hence the name of the pub) which was formerly used in the export of slate. Another industrial legacy at the Strand is the gully-like pathway carved into the rocks at the beach entrance; this was carved out hundreds of years ago when sand and seaweed were taken from the beach by farmers.

Over the years Trebarwith Strand has been used as a location in several films. These include the 1974 film, "The Seaweed Children", "Saving Grace" (2000), "Oscar and Lucinda" (1997) and the 1996 production of Shakespeare\'s "Twelfth Night". All testimony to this beach\'s stunning natural beauty.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguards daily from 19 May – 30 September

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Parking: Two car parks nearby

Porthpean Beach

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Location- Porthpean Beach, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6AX

Description- A popular sandy family beach near the historic village of Charlestown that offers swimming and space for beach games. Access to the beach is on a steep incline from the car park.

The cliffs to the east are used by nesting birds, and there are lots of rock pools to the west. Safe for swimming, windsurfing and sailing. No jet-skiing allowed.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: No lifeguard cover

Dog friendly beach? Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

Facilities: Toilets and snack bar on the promenade

Parking: Large, privately owned car-park

Porthkidney Beach

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Location- Porthkidney Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3DY

Description- Porthkidney Sands is a north-facing beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary that lies just two miles from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, West Cornwall. Porthkidney is a vast expanse of sands, facing Hayle Towans to the east of the estuary. At low tide the beach can stretch almost a mile out to sea.

The beach is backed by picturesque sand dunes. West Cornwall Golf Club overlooks the beach. The neighbouring beach of Carbis Bay, which sits the other side of the Hawks Point headland, is a short walk along the South West Coast Path, which then proceeds to St Ives.

At the Lelant end the beach is backed by gentle dunes and there are several access points from the coast path. As the beaches approaches Carbis Bay the dunes rise sharply to form a steep cliff from which the view along the coast is impressive. There is a path down from this end but it is a little more precarious and far from accessible to all. On the lowest of tides it is possible to walk around the point to Carbis Bay beach, to make an interesting detour from the coast path. A word of warning though, the tide moves fast here, so don’t get caught out.

The northern end of Porthkidney beach is a popular, but incredibly fickle, surf spot – Hawk’s Point. It needs a very big swell before it breaks here but can get good. Swimming is less advisable, particularly closer to the river mouth and on turning tides. Strong, unpredictable currents and a lack of any lifeguard cover make it potentially dangerous.

Porthkidney Sands are one of West Cornwall’s all year dog friendly beaches with no restrictions. Given the huge amount of space at low tide even the most energetic dogs should be satisfied.

Type of beach: Sandy

Lifeguard service: RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 7 July to 2 September

Dog friendly beach? Dogs allowed all year

Nudist/naturist beach: Yes

Facilities: None

Parking: Limited parking at Lelant Church.