Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Cornwall's best beaches...

Some of the best beaches in the UK are in West Cornwall, there is nothing better than planning your day around high tide! Here are a few of our favourites...

Whitesand Bay, nestled between Cape Cornwall and Land's End is often windy, making it great for surfing. The Beach Restaurant is right on the beach and we like to get there early for breakfast and to park in the Sennen car park as when this fills up the overflow car park is at the top of the (very steep) hill! The beach is sandy and perfect for children. 

This was Stanley's first visit to the beach and he seemed quite interested in the sand! There are two other beaches nearby worth a visit, the turquoise waters of Porthcurno in the shadow of the Minack Theatre. The beach shelves quite steeply and is more of a 'gravelly shell' beach, so not the best for sandcastles, and Portheras Beach, which is a 20/30 minute walk from Pendeen lighthouse, so only attracts a few people rather than the masses, this looks tropical in colour with smooth granite boulders at the top of the beach. At both of these beaches we've seen basking shark and dolphins! 

Kynance Cove is a National Trust beach, therefore it's on every map, sat nav, roadsign and tourist radar, this means it gets very busy in summer! The beach gets totally covered before high tide so it is quite a wet beach perfect for sandcastles but quite small to accommodate everyone. You park at the top of the cliff and walk down either a steep footpath or gravel track to the beach. The National Trust have recently installed toilets on the beach, with an amazing bio-bubble sewage treatment system, before this you had to use toilets situated in the car park. The beach is picture postcard beautiful with little coves and pools to explore, perfect for children, with the added excitement of getting cut off by the tide ~ someone always does! The gem of this beach is the Kynance Cove Cafe (pictured above and below), a wooden chalet sat on a rocky outcrop overlooking the beach. The menu is huge and freshly made, we enjoyed ice-cream milkshakes and crab sandwiches for lunch and slabs of homemade cake for tea. 

Our favourite beach is Gwithian, part of a three mile stretch of sand from Godrevy to Hayle. A short walk and flight of steps from the car park to this sandy beach with rock pools. Gwithian boasts an impressive 'estate' of beach chalets, some beautifully shabby, whilst others have been renovated and extended to resemble distant New England style beach houses. We were fortunate enough to stay in one of them last year, Driftwood. We hire wetsuits (pictured below) and book surf lessons at the Sunset Surf Cafe, opposite the car park and quite happily spend hours on the beach until the tide chases us up to the pebbles!

These are just a few of our favourite beaches, where are yours?


  1. Beautiful pictures. I love Whitsand Bay in North Cornwall but my favourite beach ever is at Wells-Next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast, it's beautiful particularly when you walk and walk and walk and end up on the huge Holkham beach x

    1. Oh Yes - is that the one with all of the pretty beach huts? We went there a few years ago, it was lovely and huge!

  2. I don't get to visit the coast very often so I haven't found a favourite beach but for years I've wanted to see basking sharks off the coast of Cornwall. This looks like a nice collection of beaches!

  3. Gorgeous picture of Kynance Cove through the Cafe Emma! This is our favourite beach in Cornwall as it's got everything you need with young children. We also like Bedruthan Steps on the North Coast. It's got lots of steps leading down but is very long and if you walk through the caves you'll find a hidden beach with hardly anyone on it but there are no loos or cafes so you have to take everything you need. Poldhu Cove further up the cost from Kynance is also lovely - near Helzaphron House. We're going for Fowey Reggate week next month and I can't wait!

  4. We just spent all of last week on Whitesand beach (sennen cove) - oh I love it so much! Apart from the sand.. it doesn't some off even after showering! Thanks for the tip about the bus.. we didn't do it, but every time we saw it we would make out that the passengers would be screaming and the bus driver would go faster (like a fairground ride - scream if you wanna go faster!)...xx

  5. such a cute photo of Stanley. We will definitely have to head back to Cornwall to explore these fabulous beaches. We went to Polkerris beach nr Fowey, St Ives, Looe and Polperro when we were there at Easter. It was a bit windy but fab fun! x


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