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Guide to Beaches in the Penwith District of Cornwall

Information courtesy of Penwith District Council

 
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Beaches listed in alphabetical order - these are are on the south, west and north coasts of Cornwall
For surfing try the North coast beaches. (Surf is unusual on the South coast in summer.)
Bamaluz St Ives (North coast)
East facing beach, north of the harbour at St Ives. Safe for swimming. Dogs allowed all year around.
Beachview Hayle (North coast)
Further on from Mexico Towans is the area known Beachview. Good for bathing and surfing. Car parking at Hayle Towans. Dogs allowed.
Boat Cove (West coast)
See also Cape Cornwall. Limited bathing and parking facilities. Dog Friendly all year around.
Cape Cornwall (West coast)
Swimming, Surf Rescue Equipment and Toilets. There are two beaches at Cape Cornwall - See Boat Cove (above) & Priests Cove (below).
Carbis Bay near St Ives (North coast)
Blue Flag Award
North-East facing sandy beach. A large, sandy beach, with very safe bathing and almost always very calm conditions. Lovely spot for children. Good parking. Cafe facilities and toilets on site. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Clodgy Point (North coast)
West of St Ives. Small cove. Dogs allowed all year around.
Eastern Green (South coast)
Near Penzance. Suitable for swimming. Dogs allowed all year around.
Godrevy Hayle (North coast)
Blue Flag Award
A rocky beach adjacent to the island lighthouse, with marvellous surfing conditions. Listen to the lifeguards and stay between the flags, keep away from the stretch of water between the island and the mainland, strong currents near lighthouse.. Cafe and toilets nearby. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter. Beach cleaned daily during summer season.
Gwenver Sennen (West coast)
This sandy beach provides some of the most spectacular surfing conditions in the county but only suitable for experienced Malibu board riders. Bathers should take particular care to keep within the flags, and if in doubt seek the advice of the lifeguards. Young children or weak swimmers should not be left unattended in the water. Small car park on the cliffs but access very difficult to the beach. Dolphins visit. Dogs allowed all year around. Beach cleaned daily during summer season.
  Gwithian Hayle (North coast)
Blue Flag Award
Situated at the end of the long, sandy beach at Hayle, it offers small coves and stretches of open sand with safe bathing and surfing conditions are generally favourable. It is sheltered on one side from the north-east winds. Car parking available, 2 cafes and toilets nearby. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter. Beach cleaned daily during summer season.
 
Hayle Towans Hayle (North Coast)
Blue Flag Award
On the Hayle estuary promontory there is a sandy cove, with sand flats on the riverbank. Bathing is safe, as long as you can stay away from the river itself, which is dangerous, and keep within the flags. Good parking and cafe facilities nearby. Toilets available. Lifeguard cover in attendance during the summer and rescue equipment here. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter. Beach cleaned daily during summer season.
  Jubilee Pool (South coast)
Recently restored Art Deco sea water pool at Penzance. Suitable for swimming but no surf! Professional lifeguards from May to September. Surf Rescue Equipment. Parking, shop/cafe and toilets nearby. No dogs allowed.
 
Lamorna Cove (South coast)
Small harbour surrounded by boulder-clad foreshore. There is a small amount of sand in the harbour and safe bathing within the harbour limits. Small harbour car park and cafe. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment. Dogs allowed all year around.
Long Rock (South coast)
Between Penzance and Marazion. Sandy towards Marazion end. Suitable for windsurfing and swimming. Normally there is no surf. No lifeguard cover but Rescue Equipment available. Parking, shop/cafe and toilets nearby. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Marazion (South coast)
Blue Flag Award
Sandy beach with lowtide causeway to St Michael's Mount at low tide. Popular with families and for water sports. Large car parks. Cafes and shops nearby. Toilets available. Lifeguard cover in attendance during the summer and rescue equipment available.. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Mexico Towans Hayle (North coast)
On the north side of the Black Cliffs, with moderate surfing conditions and a sandy beach. Good for bathing. Car parking at Hayle Towans. Dogs allowed
Mousehole (South coast)
At the entrance to the village there is a sandy beach with safe bathing and there are sandy areas in the harbour when the tide is low. On the road to Newlyn there is a rocky beach at Roskilly. Small quay car park. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment. No dogs allowed.
Nanjizel (West coast)
Sand and boulders in this beautiful cove. Bathe with care. No lifeguard cover or rescue equipment here.
Penberth (South coast)
A small National Trust owned fishing cove at the end of a very pretty valley. Very limited car parking. Best viewed from the coastal path. No lifeguard cover, only rescue equipment.
Pednevounder (South coast)
Isolated stretch of sand almost totally covered at high tide. Moderate safe bathing, but take care of sandbank forming as the tide comes in. Difficult access. No lifeguard cover or rescue equipment here.
Perranuthnoe (South Coast)
A sandy beach backed by high cliffs. Safe bathing at most times but keep clear of the sand bank which can form in the centre of the beach. Ideal for children. Some parking close the beach. Small cafe near the beach. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment.
Peter's Point Hayle (North Coast)
On the northern end of the three mile stretch of sand. There is difficult access to the beach. Moderate surfing conditions. Car parking & toilets available at Gwithian. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Pisky Cove (South East Coast)
A small isolated cove south-west of Prussia Cove. Good bathing, but at high tide the beach becomes covered. There are large flat areas of rock suitable for sunbathing. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment.
Porthchapel (South Coast)
A small sandy beach, with little sand remaining at high tide. Bathing is safe on the left (eastern) side of the beach. Car park by the church a quarter of a mile away. Seals may be seen. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment.
Porthcurno (South Coast)
Beautiful sands situated underneath the cliffs near the Minack Theatre. Safe bathing except on some occasions at high tide when the steep shelving beach can cause problems. Sunbather's paradise. Large car park and toilets. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Porthgwarra (South Coast)
Picturesque, with sand at the bottom of the slip, and access through a cave. Easy parking. No lifeguard cover, only rescue equipment.
Porthgwidden St Ives (North Coast)
Small sandy cove and beautiful sun-trap, with safe bathing, but keep inside the line of buoys. Car park on The Island. Toilets nearby and cafe. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment.
Porthkidney Sands (North Coast)
There is a vast expanse of sand, and a long walk to reach the beach. There are sand dunes behind, and at low tide it is almost a mile to the water's edge. It is dangerous to bathe in the river but safe in the sea if you keep between the flags. Plenty of room for everyone. Limited parking by Lelant Church. Lifeguard cover in attendance during peak season and rescue equipment here.Dogs allowed all year round. Beach cleaned regularly during summer season.
Porthmeor (North Coast)
Blue Flag Award
Sandy, surfing and surf-bathing beach. Good surf conditions prevail frequently. Surfboard area marked with black and white flags. Generally safe bathing: check with lifeguards. Parking at Balnoon and above beach. Restaurant and cafe facilities on the beach. Toilets available. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Porthminster (North Coast)
Blue Flag Award
A half-mile of golden sands with calm sea conditions. Safe for bathing, sheltered from most winds. Car parking by railway station and toilets nearby. Cafe on the beach. Lifeguard cover in attendance during the summer and rescue equipment here. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
Priests Cove Cape Cornwall (West Coast)
Attractive fishing and relaxing scenery. Children's swimming pool in the rocks. Limited access to the sea, except on slipway. Car park. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment.
Prussia Cove (South East Coast)
This old-world corner has a pebbly beach with safe bathing and seclusion. There is a car park but there is no lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment.
Upton Towans Hayle (North Coast)
In the centre of the long, sandy beach, this one is fairly well used, but has ample scope for large numbers of people. Ideal for surfing and safe for bathing. It is backed by sand dunes and holiday camps. Parking available at Gwithian or Hayle Towans. Dogs allowed.
Sennen (West Coast)
Blue Flag Award
A long, sandy beach, with small fishing harbour and lifeboat station. First-class surfing conditions and safe bathing within the flagged areas. Pay special attention to this area as the flags can be changed and moved frequently due to tidal movements. Car parks at each end of the bay. Restaurant and cafe facilities on the beach. Toilets in main car park overlooking beach. Lifeguard cover and rescue equipment here during the summer. Dogs allowed from October to before Easter.
St Ives Harbour (North Coast)
Very sheltered, with sandy areas in the harbour. A perfect suntrap in the heart of the town. General parking available and toilets nearby. Shops and cafes nearby. No lifeguard cover here, only rescue equipment. No dogs allowed.



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