Our Favourite Beaches on the Roseland

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The Roseland has some of the best beaches in Cornwall. Think crystal clear waters, soft sand beneath your feet and stunning views at every turn.

There are plenty of beaches to chose from locally, let a lone venturing further afield. It all depends what you want from your day at the beach so here are just a few thoughts:-

St Mawes, Summers and Tavern Beaches

Small but very sheltered sandy beaches in St Mawes, close to pubs, shops and toilets. Great for sunbathing and people watching . Swimming is good but keep an eye out for the many boats. You can also try Stand Up Paddle Boarding here – it’s great but best trialled on a nice flat calm sunny day, as if you are as co-ordinated as us you will be in the water many times!

Pendower and Carne

When the tide is out these two combine to make over a mile of golden sand with beautiful blue sea in front and gentle cliffs behind. Great for sunbathing, people watching, walking up and down – if the tide starts coming in there is a coastal footpath behind the beach! and swimming.

Swimming is better at the Carne end as there are less rocks and currents. There are toilets at Pendower and you can also walk from there to Melinsey Mill for a spot of lunch or tea. At the other end of the beach are two extremes – The Nare Hotel – very much a “country house hotel” where they serve lunch and teas on their Quarterdeck – very nice but at a price. Or just in the car park behind the beach is Tea by The Sea – a van selling lunches, cakes, local ice cream and soft drinks. Also dog free during the day in the summer months.


Fabulous for swimming as it’s very flat and there are no strong currents. Great for sunbathing, people watching and at low tide you can walk along the beach over the rocks to Portscatho. Refreshments available at the now very famous Hidden Hut, the Rosevine Hotel just up the lane does lunches and teas in their garden overlooking the beach (best to book as sometimes they have weddings on) or in Portscatho The Boathouse restaurant or the Plume of Feathers pub. Toilets at the Hidden Hut.

We always think it looks very busy in the summer, but we think that might be because the rest of the year we have it to ourselves! Dogs are allowed on Porthcurnick all year and you will find that as well as day trip dogs there is a definite increase around 4pm/5pm as the locals bring their dogs down for a walk – if they are as badly behaved as ours you may need to hold onto your picnic!


Another long sandy/shingly beach with dunes behind, great for sunbathing, paddling, rock pooling and seal spotting. Toilets are a short walk back towards the car park, where you will also find refreshments by the Thirstea vintage van. Not as busy as the beaches above but getting more popular all the time.

Little and Great Molunan

Two small sandy beaches set in the shelter of St Anthony’s Headland, they overlook Falmouth and Carrick Roads and are very sheltered from any easterly or northerly winds. Access is down a steep cliff with a rope to hold on to – so they tend to be quite quiet! There are no facilities here, so you can get away from everything and have total peace and relaxation. Great for seal spotting, bird watching and also for watching any sailing races or windsurfers on Carrick Roads.

There are plenty more to chose from, so if you are staying with us and want something specific just have a chat with one of us and we can point you in the direction of your own very perfect beach.

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