Cornwall, the surfing capital of the UK and much loved holiday destination which is best known for its freshly made pasties and rugged beaches. I have been lucky enough to visit the region numerous times over the past few years and as a result I have scoped out my personal favourite coastal spots. Whether you’re looking for a quiet cove away from the crowds or an expanse of sand with an abundance of waves – I’ve got you covered.
The North Coast:
This gorgeous beach is one of my favourites, it has epic rock formations and huge sand dunes perfect for climbing! Plus there is even a cave you can explore at low tide.
Godrevy, Gwithian & Hayle
If you’re looking for a beach to take a long walk on, this is your spot. It is three miles long, and if you walk past Godrevy lighthouse you can even spot seals at neighbouring Mutton Cove.
This is a great beach for swimming, rockpooling and having easy access to amenities. There are free public toilets and plenty of cafes to pick up some lunch.
This headland is home to a series of stunning beaches, all of which you can easily walk between. Booby’s Bay & Constantine Bay are well known, with cute little cafes but very limited parking. Long Cove Bay was my personal favorite, it is tucked away from the crowds and a great place for some peace and quiet.
This huge beach is home to epic surf and sand dunes. I recommend heading south along the coastal path to St Agnes for a beautiful hike.
Bedruthan & Pentire Steps
Two neighbouring beaches with gorgeous rugged landscapes. The steps down onto the sand are currently closed (in 2021) but walking along the paths above them gives great coastal views.
What a beauty! Two miles of golden sand and enormous waves, it’s a great place for water sports or just relaxing. Plus there’s an abundance of coffee shops and cafes nearby.
A popular spot with surfers, this beach is backed by dunes and dramatic cliffs. It is also great for families due to its expanse of sand. Don’t miss the tidal pool!
This difficult to access cove is for those who want to get off the beaten path, just make sure you visit at low tide. You will be rewarded for your efforts with crystal blue waters and amazing sunset views.
Bonus Recommendation: Rocky Valley
If you’re taking a walk around Tintagel then I definitely recommend heading over to Rocky Valley. It is home to a series of cascading waterfalls, gorges and pools which you can actually take a dip in! It is an incredible wild swimming spot near the coast.
The South Coast:
This less accessible boulder strewn cove is known for its incredible clear blue water. It is an hour’s walk from the nearest car park, which means it doesn’t get too crowded and feels unspoilt. There are a series of caves you can explore as well as a fresh water waterfall.
The Lizard Peninsula is an incredible region to explore on foot, and is home to some stunning beaches. The most famous is Kynance Cove which has dramatic rock stacks and caves you can explore. Lesser known is Church Cove, a tiny little cove with crystal blue waters – perfect for a mid-hike dip!
Gorran Haven & Vault Beach
If you’re making a visit to the quaint town of Gorran Haven, I recommend walking around the headland to the little known Vault Beach. It has zero shelter of facilities, but if you want to escape the crowds it’s a hidden treasure!
The reason I recommend this beach is not because it is dramatic or particularly beautiful, but because of the epic cafe behind it! The Hidden Hut is one of my favourite foodie spots in the whole of Cornwall and it’s well worth grabbing some lunch to go and enjoying it on the beach. Bliss!
Perhaps the most beautiful beach in Cornwall. You have to go on a bit of an adventure to reach this cove, with the walk down turning into more of a climb at times. You will be rewarded with dramatic cliffs, white sands and turquoise waters.
Best known for its views of the famous St Michaels Mount, this beach is also a great spot for exploring dunes, trying out water sports or just relaxing on the sand.
What is your favorite beach in Cornwall? Let me know on social media.