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Top 10 Beaches in Cornwall

From the surf scene to the barely seen, Cornwall has over 300 beaches to choose from. Some are just sandy little crescents nestled at the foot of towering cliffs, others are sweeping expanses of sand that fringe our estuaries and bays. It's been a struggle to choose, but here are our top 10...

PENDOWER BEACH

This lovely south facing sandy beach is in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula. Towards low tide Pendower joins up with neighbouring Carne Beach to form a huge sandy beach stretching over a mile across Gerrans Bay. With a sandy stretch and also a rocky area with great rock pools this is a great family beach.

Gyllyngvase beach

Beautiful, sandy and on our doorstep. With great access to watersports and gently shelving into azure waters, this popular beach is the jewel of Falmouth Bay. When the tide is out there are rock pools full of marine life where children can spend hours with their fishing nets and buckets.

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Trebah Garden’s beach – Polgwiddon Cove

One of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, this little secluded and private beach is on the Helford River, with views to the open sea. You have to pay entry to the gardens but a day here in this sub-tropical paradise is well worth it. A cafe is situated on the beach (open from March to September) subject to weather conditions, and Trebah also provide complimentary buckets and spades. Dogs are welcome on the beach, but must be under supervision at all times.

Marazion BEACH

A long sweeping pebble and sand beach that has the enviable backdrop of the iconic St Michaels Mount. Ample parking and amenities, with safe clean water. There is also a good children’s playground just behind the beach and at the town end you will find the causeway that at low tide leads to the Mount.

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Porthcurno BEACH

One of the most spectacular beaches snuggled into the cliffs of West Cornwall.  This award winning beach has fine white sand and turquoise seas.  A fresh water stream attracts kids of all ages to play, and the towering cliffs that shelter the beach turn it into a suntrap. The perfect spot for a barbeque as you watch the sun go down.

Kynance Cove

Set on the Lizard peninsula this secluded cove is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and its distinctive rock formations is seen throughout Cornwall on postcards, tea towels in almost every gift shop.

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Church Cove / Gunwalloe BEACH

Situated on the Lizard, a sandy beach with a stream running through it, ideal for paddling, a dog ban operates throughout the summer (Easter day to 1st October). There is a small café, and there is a large National Trust car park just above the beach. There is reputed to be lost Spanish treasure at nearby Dollar Cove. You may recognise this from an episode of the new Poldark series.

St Ives Bay

Not just one beach here, as sandy beaches sweep round the entire bay, starting from St Ives in the south with the safe and sandy Porthminster beach, Carbis Bay, and then other side of the river Hayle estuary the 6 miles of continuous sands stretch from Hayle Towans, through Gwithian to Godrevy. There are plenty of rock pools, natural sea pools and great surfing all along this stretch. It is so big that you can always find a spot that makes you feel you have the place to yourself. There are refreshments available at Porthminster, Gwithian and Godrevy.

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Sennen BEACH

Just around the corner from Land’s End, this large crescent shaped sandy beach faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean making it a popular spot for surfers. Also great for families in the summer, as surf hire available in the village.  Access is good too, with a large car park nearby. The quaint village centre is a short stroll away where you will find a couple of shops, cafes and a pub. If you fancy something a bit more substantial for lunch there is a restaurant with views out to sea.

Images courtesy of our friends at Visit Cornwall.

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