Bedruthan Steps (Carnevas), Nr Newquay

One of Cornwall’s most dramatic beaches with a series of rock stacks which legend says were built by the giant Bedruthan, who used them as stepping stones. If you can negotiate the access which is via a steep staircase, you reach firm golden sands with massive rocks and caves. Swimming is not advised and hazardous due to heavy rips, fast tides and submerged rocks. A National Trust cafe, shop and parking area overlooks the coastline. Parking charge.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides



Daymer Bay, Rock

A popular family beach located on the east side of the Camel Estuary – ideal for young children and dog-loving families due to its firm golden sands, sheltered position and dog friendliness. Behind lie sand dunes and the Church of St Enodoc, the burial place of the Cornwall-loving Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman. At low tide windsurfers and kite surfers practice their fine art. Its possible to walk along the sand to the pedestrian ferry at Rock for Padstow. Parking charge.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides



Fistral, Newquay

The most popular surf beach in Cornwall and venue for international surfing competitions. The clarity of the turquoise water is unparalleled when the conditions see fit although you may not believe this as Fistral (Porth an Vystel) translates in Cornish as cove of the foul water. There are wide sands even at high tide and cafés for snacks to sustain you while you people and surf watch. The Cribbar, a reef at the north end creates waves to break when the swell is high and its considered to be Cornwall’s “big wave”that can rise to 30 feet. Parking charge.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides


Gwithian Towans & Godrevy Towans

Gwithian Towans & Godrevy Towans

These two beaches are vey popular with the surfing community. Behind are sand dunes. Gwithian has peaks suitable for novices. Whilst, for Godrevy the entrance to the beach is beside Red River. For those seeking sustenance the Godrevy Beach Cafe will be a god send. No dogs Easter to September 30. It is worth joining the coast path to visit Godrevy Head where you can look down on a colony of seals. Parking charge.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides



Kynance Cove, The Lizard

At low tide, there are white sands and good bathing (in summer) as well as serpentine rocks shaped over centuries by the rushing tides. At high tide it is too dangerous to swim but you can listen to the roaring noise of blow holes. Get there early at low tide in summer and you could believe you were on a desert island. Later in the day it can be mayhem with not a spec of sand visible hidden behind all the bodies.  The National Trust have an eco-friendly cafe overlooking the beach. Parking charge.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides


Lizard Peninsula Beaches

Lizard Peninsula Beaches, Church & Dollar Coves, Poldhu and Kennack Sands. 

These are all popular family bucket and spade beaches. Church is famous for St Winwalloe Church that was buried beneath the sand dunes. Dollar has been used for the smuggling scenes in the Poldark TV saga. Poldhu has a good swell but is hazardous either side of high tide. Cafe. Kennack has rock pools, fine summer bathing and good waves after a heavy swell.  

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Pednvounder, Porthcurno

This is a white shell sand beach washed by turquoise sea and surrounded by high granite cliffs - a place of real beauty. Access is via boat or a steep descent from the coast path. It is possible to reach the beach at very low tide but beware of fast  incoming tides. There is a naturist beach popular with Northern Europeans. The irony is that it is often called a favourite amongst broadsheets “Secret Beaches” - now not so secret. Porthcurno’s beach, to the west of it, can be accessed via the car park below the Telegraph Museum where there is a charge.

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One of the truly vast beaches of Cornwall that stretches for 3-miles. Overlooking the sands are high backed dunes with smuggler’s caves. The surfing is good at mid-tide with long rides. But, beware of a strong tidal flow. Winston Graham wrote the first four books of the Poldark Saga from a bungalow in the dunes during the late 1940s and early 1950s.  Porth Peran is the cove of St Piran, the National Saint of Cornwall whose relics were unearthed in the 19th century.  

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Porthleven Sands

Porthleven Sands

The steep shelving beach has a strong undertow and swimming is not encouraged, making it less suitable for families. Ideal for a brisk walk across the four miles of sands – blowing away the cobwebs and enjoying the fantastic views across to Mounts Bay. A place of drama and constant erosion from the prevailing winds and Atlantic swell.  The sands hold the sea within them to make walking along the beach hard work. Better to follow the coast path. The reef off Porthleven Harbour creates one of Cornwall’s finest surf breaks.

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Porthmeor, St Ives

Just one of St Ives’ fabulous town beaches which is well served by local eateries and overlooked by the Tate St Ives. Wide flat sands at low tide and popular with all. Protected from the south-westerly gales.  The home of the St Ives Surf School where you can learn to surf, kayak, sup, coasteer and extend your life’s ambitions. A Blue Flag beach in 2017. No dogs Easter to September 30. Parking charge. 

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Sandy Mouth, Nr Bude

An expansive beach with swift currents and strong rip tides making it popular with surfers. Fabulous rock formations and twisted cliffs that glow at dusk makes it a firm favourite for geologists and photographers.  Firm sands and rock pools at low tide and waterfall.  Dogs allowed all year. National Trust cafe, toilets and car park.  Lifeguard operates in high summer. 

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Trebarwith Strand

To reach the beach you have to navigate across and through an array of extraordinary rock formations. This creates hazardous conditions when surfing at high tide.  The breaks are consistent and at the south end you have good left turns where its protected from north winds. At low tide its a popular family beach. Cafe. Lifeguards operate in summer months. The setting sun creates a wonderful rich golden glow on the cliffs. Parking charge. 

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Watergate Bay, Nr Newquay


One of the few beaches in Cornwall that you can see from the road. It affords fantastic vistas even when you’re driving by. Very popular for extreme sports (kite surfing) and, therefore, good for people  and surf watching. Families love the rock pools and caves and the infinite horizon of golden sand. All year round dog friendly beach. It is home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant and the Beach Hut, for simpler and cheaper fayre. RNLI Lifeguards operate all summer. Parking charge. 

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Whitesand Bay, Sennen Cove & Gwenver, Aire Point

Whitesand Bay, Sennen Cove & Gwenver, Aire Point

These are most probably the cleanest beaches in England. The rolling surf breakers and the turquoise sea draw in the crowds in summer and the car parks are packed with families, surfers and beach babes. The constant swell creates shifting peaks and strong rips. Bathing is safest at high tide. Gwenver guarantees a swell in most weather, has shifting peaks and strong rips working well at 3-6 feet. Dogs allowed. Lifeguards operate in both places. 

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