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Beaches in Cornwall


We have sorted out the beaches in Cornwall into 6 separate sections, so it is made easier for you to locate the beach or bay you are looking for, in the area you are going to be.

The beaches are listed in positional order around the coast which runs anti-clockwise, starting with Welcombe Mouth Beach. We have listed the 6 sections also in an anti-clockwise rotation, starting with the top left hand corner of Cornwall.

The map on the right shows the areas we have divided Cornwall into, you can use this map, or the links below, to jump to the area you wish to view.



The beaches in Cornwall have the well-established reputation of being the 'Best and the Most Beautiful in  England' and, with the completion in the mid-1990s of the multi-million pound "Clean Sweep" scheme for Mount's Bay, St. Ives and Hayle, Cornwall is now recognised as having probably the cleanest bathing waters in Western Europe.


Cornwall offers a variety of quality beaches and coves from busy family beaches and popular watersports venues too, at the other extreme, tucked away and quiet suntraps beneath sturdy granite cliffs. Along 50 miles of coastline all within easy reach from Penzance, there are the gorgeous golden sands of Marazion, Sennen, St Ives, and Hayle as well as the smaller crescents in the coves like Porthcurno and Carbis Bay.  


Both Widemouth Bay & Bude, (where surfing in the U.K. is believed to have begun,) has a wide expanse of sandy beach and is a surfer's paradise due to the high rolling waves of the Atlantic. Children and family groups are well catered for with plenty of room for beach games, and innumerable rock pools to explore.


All of  Cornwall's popular beaches have excellent lifeguard cover during daytime in summer. The local authority, Penwith District Council, has the biggest team of lifeguards in the country with years of experience behind them in keeping the patrolled beaches safe for you and your children. Please take time to read our Beach Safety Guide.


Dogs are not permitted on some of our beaches, and allowed on others - an arrangement to accommodate everyone's needs.


Check out for a comprehensive list of Cornwall's beaches.


Come to the beach anywhere in Cornwall, turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline which makes up the longest National Trail in the UK? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Check out  for all the information on the South West Coast Path.








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