Oh how lucky are we, that we have so many beaches to choose from!
Cornwall has the largest coastline of any area in England – that’s almost 300 miles of coastline, nine river estuaries and about 300 beaches. We have awns, gugs, inlets, coves, estuaries, beaches, strands, cliffs, headlands, points, islets and islands.
There are great wide areas of golden sand, miles of sand dunes, hidden coves, famous spots and infamous places.
You can paddle in warm sand pools; examine clear salt water rock pools; explore it, amble it and climb it. Fish from it or on it, dive beneath, skim across the top, paddle, splash and sometimes just stand and look in fascinated awe.
These are our favourite Roseland beaches…
Beautiful sandy beach, perfect for paddling, swimming, plenty of rock pools at the edge to investigate or you can just lie on the beach and people watch. Has the huge advantage of The Hidden Hut serving up delicious food, hot and cold drinks and ice creams, just above the beach, where there are also toilets available. Our tip is to park at Rosevine for free, but you need to get there early. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round (although most sensible dog owners wouldn’t take their dogs to the beach for a whole day in the heat) so if you don’t like dogs then…
Carne & Pendower
Dog free sandy beach from 8.00am to 6.00pm in the summer. It’s over a mile long when the tide is out and you can walk between the two beaches, so plenty of room for everyone. Plenty of rock pools at the edges of the beach. Car parks at both ends of the beach although Pendower car park fills very quickly. Toilets at the Carne end of the beach. Refreshments at The Nare Hotel – but you need to look reasonably smart – not something we are very good at after a morning on the beach! Usually there is an ice cream van at Carne and a pop up cafe at Pendower or you can walk up the valley to Melinsey Mill for homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas
If you want to get away from it all then try Porthbean – on the coastal path just below the Driftwood Hotel. A lovely sandy beach that never seems to get busy – it’s usually child free as there are no facilities there – take your own picnic and drinks and settle down for the day. We don’t think it’s safe to swim here as there is usually quite an undertow but it’s fine for paddling. Park along the top end of Rosevine – there are a couple of layby’s you can use. Keep walking along the coastal path for some even smaller coves and pop into Curgurrell Farm Shop on your way home for some fresh fish.
A little further to drive to, this National Trust beach is long and sandy and feels a little more remote – although it can still get very busy in the summer. National Trust Car Park, toilets about five minutes from the beach and The Thirstea Van is there all day (except Saturdays) serving home made food, ice creams and drinks, etc. This beach is a big favourite with locals and dog walkers who tend to be there early in the morning or late afternoon. Lovely for swimming and very near a grey seal haul out so you may well find you have company in the water!
St Mawes Beaches
Two beaches to choose from right in the middle of the village…
Summers Beach is a sheltered shingle beach popular with locals and holiday makers alike, there is a pontoon moored off the beach in the summer ideal for swimming out to. Idles Beach is in the centre of the village, convenient for shops, cafe’s pubs and toilets. You can watch the boats coming and going in the harbour and enjoy an ice cream or pasty from one of the local shops.
Oops, that seems to be seven beaches already we have already mentioned and there are plenty more a bit further afield – all you need to do now is book your weeks holiday at Roundhouse Barns and you can pick a different one for each day of your holiday!!
Where to find them…
Click on the icon below for more info about each beach, including directions and links to their websites.