Beaches of South West Cornwall

It’s about time to be thinking of your summer holiday, and what better place to look than the beaches of south west Cornwall for some stunning holiday locations. The village of #Porthleven is a great place in its own right and has a lovely long beach – most of which is dog-friendly – but it is also well placed to access many of the beaches of south west Cornwall.

Just east of here, we have Gunwalloe Church Cove, which you may recognise from the recent series of #Poldark. This church, named after Saint Winwalloe, is the church where Dr Dwight Enys and Caroline Penvenen got married in secret. The next cove east, Poldhu, has a nice beach with a cafe and a surf school.

Further east again and almost at The Lizard, we have the well-known Kynance Cove which is very popular and can get very busy. The cafe here is right next to the beach and serves snacks and meals.

Beaches of South West Cornwall – West of Porthleven

Heading westwards from #Porthleven the next beach is the lovely cove at Rinsey, with a free National Trust car park on the cliffs above. Another couple of miles further west is the long sandy beach of Praa Sands. This beach is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months and also has a cafe and surf school. The western end of the beach does get very busy, but if you are prepared to walk a short distance towards Rinsey, this section is much quieter. Other, smaller beaches and coves can be found at Kenneggy and Prussia Cove, although these are slightly harder to get to. Parking is free at Prussia Cove, but it is also very limited, so get there early.

One of the best beaches for swimming, although not at low tide, is the long stretch of sand at Marazion. There is plenty of parking here and, because of this, the beach can get quite busy, although much of the car parking is also used for visitors to the enigmatic St Michael’s Mount. If you have a dog with you, then drive another mile or so towards Penzance where this part of the beach is dog-friendly.

My all-time favourite beach, much further west, and situated near Porthcurno, is the wonderful Pednvounder beach. The scenery here is stunning and the colour of the sea needs to be seen to be believed.

beaches of south west cornwall

High Tide Pednvounder