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A Guide to the beaches around the coast of Cornwall

 
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Cornwall has over 300 miles of coastline and over 200 beaches. There are many small coves, rocky inlets, large and small harbours and great expanses of golden sands.
Within these pages we have tried to provide information on as many of those beaches as possible. There are a few beaches that are only accessible by sea and these have not been included. Nearly all the beaches are very close to the South West Coast Footpath.

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Dog friendly or not?
Quick guide to dog friendly beaches.
Many beaches have dog bans throughout the tourist season and this guide will help identify those beaches where dogs are allowed or are banned and when.
The season is normally from Easter to the end of September.

As a guide we have marked the beaches below with
AA (Dogs Allowed at All times),
OS (Dogs Allowed Out of Season) and
NA (Dogs Never Allowed).
AA-L indicates that dogs are allowed at all times but must be kept on a lead during the season.
Please note that there are some beaches where dogs are allowed but access is very difficult and you may not want to endanger your dog.
Quick guide to dog friendly beaches.

The dog friendly beach information in this guide has been updated using data provided by Cornwall Council (dated March 2011).
Beaches where dog bans apply are patrolled on a regular basis. Persons with dogs on the beach during the ban period will be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £80 and asked to remove their dog from the beach immediately.

A printable map of the beaches where dogs are allowed can be obtained from The Cornish Coast but may not be up-to-date.

Please use the map below to select which part of the coastline you are interested in. This will take you to a listing of the beaches in that section of coast. Each beach name links to a description of the beach, its facilities and access details.

Those beaches at the towns between the coastal strips (Padstow, St Ives and Falmouth) appear under both of the adjoining areas.

An alphabetical list of beaches is at the foot of the page.

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Beaches on the North Coast between the Devon border and Padstow


Headlands on other features in italics

The Devon/Cornwall Border
Gull Rock
Higher Sharpnose Point
Hippa Rock
Stanbury Beach (AA)
Rane Point
Rane Beach (AA)
Lower Sharpnose Point
Steeple Point
Duckpool (AA)
Warren Point
Sandy Mouth (AA)
Menachurch Point
Northcott Mouth (AA)
Maer Cliff
Bude – Crooklets (OS)
Bude – Summerleaze (AA-L)
Compass Point
Upton (AA)
Higher Longbeak
Lower Longbeak
Widemouth Bay (AA - south end) (OS - north end)
Foxhole Point
Millook Haven (AA)
Dizzard Point
Pencannow Point
Crackington Haven (OS)
Cambeak
Little Strand (AA)
Samphire Rock
The Strangles (AA)
Voter Run
Rusey Beach (AA)
Buckator
Fire Beacon Point
Pentargon
Penally Hill

Boscastle Harbour (AA)
Willapark
Short Island
Long Island

Bossiney Haven and Benoath Cove (AA)
Lye Rock
Barras Nose

Tintagel Haven and Merlins Cove (AA)
Tintagel Head
Penhallic Point


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Hole Beach (AA)
Trebarwith Strand (AA)
Dennis Point
Backways Cove (AA)
Tregonnick Tail
Tregardock Beach (AA)
Delabole Point
Port Gaverne (AA)
Port Isaac Harbour (AA)
Lobber Point
Varley Head
Kellan Head

Port Quin (AA)
Doyden Point
Trevan Point
Epphaven Cove (AA)
Lundy Hole or Lundy Bay (AA)
Carnweather Point
Rumps Point
Pentire Point

Pentireglaze Haven, Polzeath (OS)
Hayle Bay, Polzeath (OS)
Broadagogue Cove or Greenaway Beach (AA)
Trebetherick Point
Daymer Bay (AA)
Porthilly Cove, Rock (AA)
River Camel
Padstow - St Georges Cove
Gun Point
Padstow - Harbour Cove (AA)
Padstow - Hawkers Cove (AA)
Stepper Point


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Beaches on the North Coast between the Padstow and St Ives

Trebetherick Point
Daymer Bay (AA)
Porthilly Cove, Rock (AA)
River Camel
Padstow - St Georges Cove
Gun Point
Padstow - Harbour Cove (AA)
Padstow - Hawkers Cove (AA)
Stepper Point
Trevone Bay (OS)
Newtrain Bay (AA) but (OS) as only accessed from Trevone Bay
St Cadoc's Point
Harlyn Bay (AA)
Cataclews Point
Mother Ivey's Bay (NA)
Merope Rocks
Cats Cove (not accessible for dogs)
Trevose Head
Stinking Cove (AA) - difficult access
Dinas Head
Booby's Bay (AA)
Constantine Bay (AA)
Treyarnon Point
Treyarnon Bay (AA)
Trethias Island
Pepper Cove (AA) - difficult access
Warren Cove (AA)
Fox Cove (AA)
Porthcothan Bay (AA)
Trescore Islands
Porth Mear (AA)
High Cove (AA) - difficult access
Park Head
Pentire Steps (AA) - difficult access
Bedruthan Steps (AA) - watch for tides
Carnewas Island
Trenance Point
Mawgan Porth (AA)

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Beryl's Point
Beacon Cove (AA) - difficult access
Griffin's Point
Watergate Bay (AA)
Newquay – Whipsidery Beach (AA)
Trevelgue Head
Newquay – Porth (OS)
Newquay – Lusty Glaze Beach (OS)
Newquay – Tolcarne Beach (OS)
Newquay – Great Western Beach (AA)
Newquay – Towan Beach (AA)
Newquay – Harbour Beach (AA)
Towan Head
Newquay – Fistral Beach (AA)
Pentire Point East
Crantock Beach (AA)
Pentire Point West
Porth Joke (AA)
Kelsey Head
Holywell Bay (AA)
Penhale Point
Hoblyn's Cove (AA) - difficult access
Ligger Point
Perranporth - Perran Sands (AA)
Droskyns Point
Cligga Head
Hanover Cove (AA) - difficult access
Green Island
Trevellas Porth (AA)
St Agnes - Trevaunance Cove (AA)
St Agnes Head
Tubby's Head
Chapel Porth (OS)
Porthtowan
Portreath Beach (OS)
Samphire Island
Basset's Cove (AA)

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Deadman's Cove (AA)
Hell's Mouth (AA) - difficult access
Godrevy - Fishing Cove (AA)
Godrevy Point
Godrevy Towans (OS)
Strap Rocks
Gwithian Towans (AA)
Hayle - Mexico Towans (AA)
Hayle - Harvey's Towans (OS)
Lelant - Porth Kidney Sands (AA)
Hawkes Point
Carbis Bay - Barrepta Beach (OS)
Porthminster Point
St Ives - Porthminster Beach (OS)
Pedn Olva
St Ives - Harbour (Town) Beach (NA)
St Ives - Porthgwidden Beach (OS)
St Ives Head
St Ives - Porthmeor Beach (OS)
Portheras Cove (AA)

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Beaches on the Coast between the St Ives and Falmouth

Carbis Bay - Barrepta Beach (OS)
Porthminster Point
St Ives - Porthminster Beach (OS)
Pedn Olva
St Ives - Harbour (Town) Beach (NA)
St Ives - Porthgwidden Beach (OS)
St Ives Head
St Ives - Porthmeor Beach (OS)
Portheras Cove (AA)
Clodgy Point
Hor Point
Pen Enys Point
Carn Nuan Point
Mussel Point
Wicca Pool (AA)
Porthzennor Cove (AA)
Zennor Head
Pendouer Cove (AA)
Veor Cove (AA)
Carnelloe Cliff
Porthglaze Cove (AA)
Treen Cove (AA)

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Gurnard's Head (site of Cornish Iron Age fort)
Robin's Rocks
Porthmeor Point
Porthmeor Cove
Great Zawn
Halldrine Cove
Porthmoina Cove
Brandys
Whirl Pool
Greeb Point
The Mozens
Portheras Cove (AA)
Three Stone Oar (or The Wra)
Boat Cove
Pendeen Watch (Lighthouse)
The Enys
The Avarack
Trewellard Zawn
Levant Zawn
Carn Du
Botallack Head
The Crowns
Zawn a Bal
Wheal Edward Zawn
Kenidjack Castle
Priest Cove (AA)
Cape Cornwall
Porth Naven (AA)
Progo (AA)
Gribba Point
Polpry Cove
Aire Point
Gwynver Beach (AA)
Sennen Beach or Whitesand Bay (OS)
Pedn-men-du
Gamper
Lands End
Pordennack Point
Trevilley Cove
Carn Boel
Zawn Beeth (only accessible by boat)
Mill Bay or Nanjizal Bay (AA)
Carn Les Boel
Lower Pendower Cove
Zawn Kellys

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Folly Cove
Black Carn
Porth Loe
Gwennap Head
Polostod Zawn
Hella Point
Porthgwarra (OS)
Carn Scathe
Porth Chapel (OS)
Pedn-men-an-mere
Porth Curnow or Porthcurnow (OS)
Pednvounder (AA)
Logan Rock
Gamper
Cribba Head
Penberth Cove (AA)
Porthguarnon
Merthen Point
St Loy's Cove
Boscawen Point
Tater-du
Carn Barges
Lamorna Cove (AA)
Carn-du
Kemyl Point
Zwan Organ
Penzer Point
Point Spaniard
The Mousehole (NA)
Merlyn Rock
Penlee Point
Newlyn - Tolcarne (AA)
Newlyn - Sandy Cove (AA)
Penzance - Wherrytown (AA)
Penzance - Eastern Green or Chyandour (AA)
Penzance - Long Rock Beach (OS)
Marazion (OS)
The Causeway to St Michael's Mount
Perran Sands (OS)
Cudden Point
Prussia Cove - Piskies Cove (AA)
Prussia Cove - Bessey's Cove (AA)

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Kenneggy Sands (AA)
Hoe Point
Praa Sands (OS)
Rinsey Head
Porthcew
Prinsy (OS)
Trewavas Head
Porthleven Sands (OS)
Loe Bar Beach (OS)
Gunwalloe - Fishing Cove or Halzephron Cove (OS)
Halzephron Cliff
Dollar Cove (AA)
Gunwalloe - Church Cove part (AA) and part (OS)
Carrag-a-Pilez
Poldhu Cove (OS)
Poldhu Point
Polurrian Cove (OS)
Henscath
Mullion Cove (AA)
Predannack Head
ogo-dour Cove
Pol Cornick
Vellan Head
Kynance Cliff
Kynance Cove (OS)
Lion Rock
Caerthillian Cove (AA)
Pentreath Beach (AA)
Lizard Point - most southerly point of UK
Polpeor Cove (AA)
Lizard Lighthouse
Bumble Rock
Housel Bay (OS)
Pen Olver
Bass Point
Devil's Frying Pan
Cadgwith (OS)
Enys Head
Carleon Cove (AA)
Polbream Point
Kennack Sands (OS)
Spernick Cove
Carrick Luz
Dolor Point
Coverack (AA)
Lowland Point
Dean Point
Godrevy Cove
Manacle Point
Porthoustock (AA)
Pencra Point
Porthkerris
Porthkerris Point
Porthallow (AA)
Nare Head

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Nare Point
Gillan - Men-Aver Beach (OS)
Gillan - Flushing Cove (AA)
Dennis Head
Penarvon Cove, Helford River
Helford Passage - At Anthony in Meneage (OS)
Polgwidden Cove (AA)
Durgan
Porth Sawsen
Porthallack Beach
Toll Point
Prisk Cove
Rosemullion Head
Nansidwell Cove
Bream Cove
Maenporth (OS)
Swanpool (OS)
Swanpool Point
Gyllyngvase Beach (OS)
Castle Beach (OS)
Pendennis Point
Falmouth Docks
Penryn River
Flushing - Trefusis Beach (AA)
Penarrow Point
Mylor Creek
Loe Beach (OS)
Carrick Roads - River Fal
St Mawes - Tavern Beach
St Mawes - Freshwater Beach
Molunan Beach
St Anthony Head (Lighthouse)

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Beaches on the South Coast between the Falmouth and Saltash

Maenporth (OS)
Swanpool (OS)
Swanpool Point
Gyllyngvase Beach (OS)
Castle Beach (OS)
Pendennis Point
Falmouth Docks
Penryn River
Flushing - Trefusis Beach (AA)
Penarrow Point
Mylor Creek
Loe Beach (OS)
Carrick Roads - River Fal
St Mawes - Tavern Beach
St Mawes - Summers Beach
St Mawes - Freshwater Beach
Molunan Beach
St Anthony Head

Porthbeor Beach (AA)
Elwinick Cove
Killigerran Head
Towan Beach (AA)
Greeb Point
Portscatho (OS)
Porthcurnick (AA)
Pednvaden
Porthbean Beach
Creek Stephen Point
Pendower Beach (OS)
Carne Beach (OS)


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Nare Head
Lemoria Rock
Kibberick Cove (OS)
The Blouth
Manare Point
Portloe
Caragloose Point
Perbagus Point
East and West Portholland
Porthluney Cove (Caerhayes Beach) (AA)
Hemmick Beach (AA)
Dodman Point
Vault Beach or Bow Beach (AA)
Maenease Point
Gorran Haven - Little Perhaver Beach
Gorran Haven - Great Perhaver Beach (OS)
Turbot Point
Colona Beach
Chapel Point
Portmellon (AA)
Mevagissey - Polkirt
Mevagissey - Harbour (AA)
Mevagissey - Polstreath
Penare Point
Portgiskey
Pentewan Sands (OS - Apr to Oct inclusive)
Hallane Mill Beach
Black Head
Porthpean (OS)
Carrickowel Point
Duporth (NA)
Polmear or Charlestown Beaches (NA)
Appletree Point
Landrion Point
Crinnis Beach (Carlyon Bay) (AA)
Polgaver Beach (OS)
Par - Spit Beach
Par Docks
Par - Par Sands (AA)
Little Hell
Polkerris (OS)
Gribben Head
Polridmouth
St Catherine's Point
Fowey - Readymoney Cove (OS)
Fowey - Whitehouse Beach
River Fowey
Polruan - Quay Beach
Blackbottle Rock
Lantic Bay (AA)
Pencarrow Head
Lantivet Bay (Palace Cove) (AA)
Lansallos Cove or West Combe Beach (OS)
Polperro (AA)
Downend Point
Talland Sand and Rotterdam Beach (Talland Bay) (AA)
Samphire Beach, Portnadler Bay
St George's (or Looe) Island
West Looe - Hannafore (AA)
Looe Harbour
East Looe Beach (OS)
Plaidy Beach
Millendreath Beach (NA)
Seaton (AA)
Downderry (AA)
Portwrinkle (OS)
Finnygook
Whitsand Bay - Long Sands or Tregantle (AA)
Whitsand Bay - Freathy (AA)
Whitsand Bay - Tregonhawke Beach (AA)
Rame Head
Cawsand (OS)
Kingsand (AA)
Mount Edgcumbe
Wilderness Point
River Tamar

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Alphabetical listing of all Beaches in Cornwall

Only beaches that already have their own descriptive pages are listed here. The remaining beaches will be added to this list as their pages are completed.

Each beach name is linked to a page of relevant details
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

Backways Cove
Barrepta Beach, Carbis Bay
Basset's Cove
Beacon Cove
Bedruthan Steps
Benoath Cove
Booby's Bay
Boscastle Harbour
Bossiney Haven
Bow Beach
Broadagogue Cove
Carbis Bay - Barrepta Beach
Castle Beach, Falmouth
Cats Cove
Chapel Porth
Colona Beach
Constantine Bay
Crackington Haven
Crantock Beach
Crooklets
Daymer Bay
Deadman's Cove
Duckpool
Epphaven Cove
Falmouth - Castle Beach
Falmouth - Gyllyngvase Beach
Falmouth - Maenporth
Falmouth - Swanpool
Fishing Cove, Godrevy
Fistral Beach, Newquay
Fox Cove
Godrevy - Fishing Cove
Godrevy Towans, Hayle
Great Western Beach, Newquay
Greenaway Beach
Gwithian Towans
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth
Hanover Cove
Harbour Beach, Newquay
Harbour Beach, St Ives
Harbour Cove, Padstow
Harlyn Bay
Hayle - Harvey's Towans
Hawkers Cove, Padstow
Hayle Bay, Polzeath
Hayle - Godrevy Towans
Hayle - Mexico Towans
Hayle - Harvey's Towans
Hell's Mouth
High Cove
Higher Butter Cove
Hoblyn's Cove
Hole Beach
Holywell Bay
Lelant - Porth Kidney Sands
Little Strand
Lower Butter Cove
Lundy Bay
Lundy Hole
Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay
Maenporth, Falmouth
Mawgan Porth
Merlins Cove
Mexico Towans, Hayle
Millook Haven
Mother Ivey's Bay
Newquay - Fistral Beach
Newquay - Great Western Beach
Newquay - Harbour Beach
Newquay - Lusty Glaze Beach
Newquay - Porth
Newquay - Tolcarne Beach
Newquay - Towan Beach
Newquay - Whipsidery Beach
Newtrain Bay
Northcott Mouth
Padstow - Harbour Cove
Padstow - Hawkers Cove
Padstow - St Georges Cove
Pendouer Cove
Pentireglaze Haven, Polzeath
Pentire Steps
Pepper Cove
Perranporth - Perran Sands
Polzeath - Hayle Bay
Polzeath - Pentireglaze Haven
Port Gaverne
Porth, Newquay
Porthcothan Bay
Portheras Cove
Porthglaze Cove
Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives
Porthilly Cove, Rock
Porth Joke
Porth Kidney Sands, Lelant
Porth Mear
Porthminster Beach, St Ives
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Porthtowan
Porthzennor Cove
Portreath Beach
Port Isaac Harbour
Port Quin Rane Beach
Rusey Beach
Sandy Mouth
Seaton
St Agnes - Trevaunance Cove
St Georges Cove, Padstow
St Ives - Porthgwidden Beach
St Ives - Porthmeor Beach
St Ives - Porthminster Beach
St Ives - Harbour (Town) Beach
Stanbury Beach
Stinking Cove
The Strangles
Summerleaze
Swanpool, Falmouth Tintagel Haven
Tolcarne Beach, Newquay
Towan Beach, Newquay
Town Beach, St Ives
Trebarwith Strand
Treen Cove
Tregardock Beach
Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes
Trevellas Porth
Trevone Bay
Treyarnon Bay
Upton
Vault Beach
Veor Cove
Warren Cove
Watergate Bay
Whipsidery Beach, Newquay
Wicca Pool
Widemouth Bay


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Dog Friendly Beaches - Quick Guide
Full, all year around, access for dogs

Bude Area
Bossiney Haven & Benoath Cove, Duckpool, Millook Haven
Northcott Mouth, Sandymouth, Stanbury Mouth

Falmouth & Roseland Area
Carne, Hemmick, Nansidwell, Porthbeor
Porthluney Cove/Caerhays, Towan

Fowey & Looe Area
Downderry, Hannafore, Kingsand, Lantic Bay
Lantivet Bay, Millendreath, Par Sands, Plaidy
Polperro, Polridmouth Cove, Polstreath, Portmellon
Seaton, Talland Bay, Vault, Whitsand Bay

Lands End & Mounts Bay Area
Gwenver, Lamorna Cove, Nanjizal (Mill Bay), Porth Nanven Cove
Portheras Cove, Priests Cove

Lizard Peninsula
Bessy's Cove, Cadgwith (north), Coverack, Gillan Harbour
Gunwalloe Fishing Cove, Kenneggy Sands, Loe Bar, Mullion Cove
Piskies Cove, Polpeor Cove, Porthallow, Porthoustock

Newquay Area
Crantock, Holywell Bay, Mawgan Porth, Perran Sands
Watergate Bay (Tregurrian Beach)

Padstow Area
Booby's Bay, Constantine Bay, Daymer Bay, Harlyn Bay
Mother Ivey's Bay, Port Gaverne, Porthcothan Bay
Trebarwith Strand, Treyarnon Bay

St Ives Area
Porthkidney Sands

Restricted access for dogs (out of season)

Bude Area
Crackington Haven, Crooklets, Summerleaze, Widemouth Bay

Falmouth & Roseland Area
Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase, Maenporth, Pendower, Pentewan, Porthcurnick
Portholland, Portscatho, Summers, Swanpool, Tavern

Fowey & Looe Area
Cawsand Bay, Gorran Haven, Polkerris, Porthpean, Portwrinkle Beaches
Readymoney Cove

Lands End & Mounts Bay Area
Long Rock, Marazion, Perranuthnoe Beach (Perran Sands), Porthchapel
Porthcurno, Porthgwarra, Praa Sands, Sennen Cove

Lizard Peninsula
Cadgwith (south), Gunwalloe Church Cove, Housel Bay, Kennack Sands
Kynance Cove, Poldhu Cove, Polurrian Cove, Porthleven

Newquay Area
Chapel Porth, Fistral, Lusty Glaze, Perranporth, Porth, Tolcarne
Trevaunance Cove

Padstow Area
Epphaven Cove, Polzeath, Trevone Bay

St Ives Area
Carbis Bay, Godrevy
Gwithian Towans, Harbour (or Town) Beach (St Ives), Hayle Beaches, Porthgwidden, Porthmeor, Porthminster, Porthtowan, Portreath



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