We’re off to the beach - but we’re not going far.
By Pentewan Sands on the May 11th, 2017 in
We’re off to the beach - but we’re not going far. These beaches in Cornwall are all on our doorstep and they’re all stunningly gorgeous.
Porthluney Cove – 6.5 miles
If sandcastle building is your thing, you’ll be in your element at Porthluney Cove (aka Caerhays Beach). Sitting in front of Caerhays Castle, an impressive manor house complete with turrets and intricate windows, there’s plenty of inspiration for budding builders and their sandy creations. It’s also great for rock pooling and swimming, and ticks off all the must-have facilities.
Porthpean beach – 3 miles
We’re big fans of Porthpean beach which enjoys a good spot in St Austell Bay sheltered from the winds by high cliffs. Families love it for its shallow waters and rock pools, while the kayak hire and short one mile stomp along the coast path to nearby Charlestown win favour among the more adventurous. The small promenade has a café where you can pull up a deckchair and spend an hour gazing out to sea or, if you’re anything like us, grazing your way through the ice-cream menu.
Hemmick Beach – 7 miles
This little cove near Mevagissey is just the cutest. It’s a hidden spot and demands a 10 – 15 minute walk from the nearest car park but we think you’ll agree that it’s more than worth it. Those that seek it out are rewarded by fine sands and an empty beach, as well as impressive views past Dodman Point. There are no facilities but that’s the joy of this beach, go prepared and lap up the peaceful existence.
Par Sands – 10 miles
At over half a mile long and backed by sand dunes Par Sands is the type of beach that families adore. It’s south facing, gloriously flat, golden and well equipped with toilets, car park, café and pub. But what stands out for us about this beach is that it lies on the Clay Trail cycle route which links up with the Eden Project and Wheal Martyn Museum to offer a fab day out – bike riding, top attractions and fun on the beach all rolled into one.
Porthcurnick Beach – 14 miles
Swoon, this National Trust beach is a real heart stealer. It’s just north of Portscatho on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula where slick sailing boats bob in the water next to traditional fishing boats. With its many rock pools and small stream, it’s ideal for children while the Hidden Hut cafe has found Porthcurnick a natural home on Cornwall’s foodie map. You’ve got to go!
Lantic Bay – 20 miles
This one is slightly further afield and requires a bit of effort to get to but boy is it worth it. Lantic Bay near Fowey is easily one of Cornwall’s top beaches but thanks to its secluded location is blissfully quiet, even in the summer. The nearest car park is one mile east of Polruan but is 20 minutes on foot from the beach itself. The soaring view on the approach will blow you away and once down on the sand and single beach it’s all about chilling out and enjoying the calm. Perfect for kids looking for ‘hidden’ treasure or for couples stealing a spot of together time.
A word of caution - the beaches listed here do not have lifeguard cover, please be mindful and stay safe when entering the sea.
Porthcurnick Beach: Matt Jessop and Visit Cornwall
Porthluney Cove: Matt Jessop and Visit Cornwall
Porthpean: Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall