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Beaches West Coast of Cornwall West Cornwall Coast


From Rock to Hayle Towans


This stretch of coast line is the location fro some of the best beaches on the whole of the Cornish coast line.






Cornwall West Coast Beach Map    
Below is a list of beaches found on the Cornwall's West Coast, listed numerically from top to bottom.    






Rock Beach boasts a long sandy beach, about a mile long, facing Padstow, on the Camel estuary, a beach that, at low tide, continues round Brea Hill to Daymer Bay.


St George's cove, named because of St. George's Holy Well sited just above the cove, is a very sheltered small cove on the west bank of the Camel estuary.


Lying at the mouth of the Camel Estuary is the wide sandy beach of Harbour Cove, also know locally as Tregirls. A beach at low tide stretching for around 1Ĺ miles.


Right at the mouth of the Camel Estuary there is a delightful little cove by the name of Hawkers Cove, lying in the lee of Stepper Point with fine views across the Estuary to Daymer Bay and Polzeath.


Trevone Bay beach, near Padstow, is a pleasant sandy bay which is popular with families and surfers. The cliffs provide fantastic walks  to Hawkers Cove, Camel Estuary and beyond.


Next door to the sandy beach of Trevone beach is an extensive area of rocks and rock pools called Newtrain Bay, also Known to locals as Rocky Beach



Harlyn Bay is considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall, a wide and spacious crescent shaped bay of yellow sand and pebbles with plenty of interesting rock pools and backed by dunes.


Mother Ivey's Bay is a beautiful sheltered bay with a soft sandy beach. There is no direct access to the bay,  so to reach the beach it is an approximately 20 minute walk along the coast path from the nearby Harlyn Bay.



The beach itself is a beautiful stretch of sand and is about a third of a mile in length. At low tide there is a large expanse of sand and rocks forming a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands, and joins its neighbour beach, Booby's Bay.


Treyarnon Bay is a lovely clean sandy beach, surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes. This popular family beach offers an expanse of fine sand at low water with plenty of rock pools to discover.



Fox Cove is a small hidden crescent of golden sand that only reveals itself at low tide, lying halfway between Porthcothan and Treyarnon Bay.


Porthcothan Bay is a very special sandy beach that is popular with tourists and surfers, local surf schools sometimes use the beach for tuition.

13. Pentire Steps


14. Bedruthan Steps

The golden sands of Pentire Steps is really a northern extension of Bedruthan Steps and offers solitude from its popular neighbour.


Bedruthan Steps is a truly spectacular coastal landscape, and generally regarded as one of the most iconic beaches in Cornwall.

15. Mawgan Porth


16. Watergate Bay

Mawgan Porth is a large sheltered beach that sits at the bottom of steep cliffs. A quiet sandy bay that is a highly popular family holiday spot.


Watergate Bay beach is a large golden sand beach, popular with families, that stretches for about two miles at low tide. It is large, open bay that picks up swell from the Atlantic creating enormous waves popular with surfers.

17. Whipsiderry



18. Porth

Whipsiderry Beach is a beautiful, quiet, little-known cove, with sheltering cliff just to the North of Newquay, between Watergate Bay and Porth Beach. Although there are steep steps down to the beach, it is worth visiting at low tide.


Porth Beach is a lovely sheltered sandy beach, protected by headlands on both sides. Porth is a narrow and shallow beach that has a long tidal drop with an expanse of golden sand making it an ideal for families.

19. Lusty Glaze


20. Great Western

Lusty Glaze Beach, which is privately owned, is one of four beaches in Newquay that combine to form a glorious mile-long or so stretch of sand. The others beaches being Great Western, Tolcarne Beach and Towan Beach.


Great Western is a popular family beach, it is comprised of several coves and backed by high cliffs. The best time to visit this beach is at low tide when Great Western beach joins with Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne Beach and Towan Beach.

21. Tolcarne Beach


22. Towan Beach

Tolcarne Beach nestles in a beautiful crescent shaped bay set against a background of cliffs. The beach is one of four Newquay town beaches, Great Western, Lusty Glaze and Towan Beach, which join together


Towan Beach is the most central of Newquay's beaches and is a popular and often very busy beach. This beach is sheltered by Towan Head and provides either small waves, ideal for novice surfers or calm waters for safe swimming.

23. Newquay Harbour

24. Fistral Beach

The Harbour Beach is only accessible at low tide,  an unlikely spot to have a beach but this sheltered cove provides an ideal place for soaking up the sun or enjoying the sheltered waters

The most iconic beach in Newquay is Fistral Beach, simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. The surf is consistent and at high tide the beach is shelving which can create a shore break.
25. River Gannel


26. Crantock Beach

The Gannel Estuary is tidal river which can be explored during low tide. This silted estuary used to be popular as a river channel on incoming tide bringing in coal, wood and sand


Crantock Beach lies on the entrance to the River Gannel estuary, has cliffs and rocks both sides and backs onto sand dunes, and a beautiful expanse of golden beach.

27. Porth Joke



28. Holywell Bay

Porth Joke is a sandy beach sitting in an attractive cove. At low tide the cove reveals rock pools and caves and a narrow sandy beach.


Holywell Bay beach is located just west of Newquay, and offers a large and open sandy beach. This beach is a popular with surfers and swimmers alike. At low tide the beach stretches almost a mile long




Penhale Sands is an area of beach that at low tide create a beautiful three mile stretch of stunning golden sands with the adjoining Perranporth Beach. This beach is seldom busy, even with it location where it is.


Perranporth Beach is a stretch of really golden sand, and over 2 miles in length, with an extensive sand dunes. Perranporth is well recognised for the excellent swimming and surfing.


Tucked away just up the coast from Trevaunance Cove is Trevellas Porth. This largely rocky beach has some sand at low tide and is popular with local fishermen and snorkelers


Trevaunance Cove is the main beach at St Agnes and is a popular family beach. A wide sheltered sandy beach that is gently shelving, is ideal for surfing, swimming and body boarding


Chapel Porth beach is a large expanse of golden sand at low tide, with rock pools and caves to explore and when conditions are right the surf here is fantastic.


Porthtowan Beach is a sandy beach that at low tide stretches to around a mile and a half in length, and backed by impressive and dramatic cliffs.



Portreath beach is a popular family beach, with mainly golden sands with some shingle. To the east the harbour wall backs the beach, and to the west are cliffs. A stream runs through the middle of the beach.


Bassetís Cove is A small rocky and sandy beach at the foot of a precarious and winding footpath, there is little or no beach at high tide but as the tide recedes there is a wide sandy strip that gives way to rocky ledges and out crops.



Greenbank cove has a large area of sand which goes down to low water, but no beach at all at high water. This stretch of coastline between Gwithian and Portreath known as Reskajeage Downs


Fishing Cove is a small secret, fairly sheltered, hidden beach, sometimes known as Fishermanís Cove, this sandy beach nestles below 250ft cliffs. This beach is also well known as a naturalist beach.



Godrevy beach, Hayle's '3 miles of golden sand', which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the more exposed beaches of the North coast, and can take a battering from the Atlantic swell.


Gwithian Beach is a very popular family beach. It has a huge expanse of sand which at low tide extends to Godrevy beach and in the other direction all the way to Hayle Towans Beach.

41. Mexico Towans


42. Hayle Towans

Mexico Towans forms part of a glorious four miles crescent of golden sand that starts from the mouth of the Hayle estuary and reaches out to the lighthouse at Godrevy Point, this is collectively known as Hayle Beach.


Hayle Towans starts at the entrance to the River Hayle and the Estuary and loops round to Black Cliff, which at high water separates it from Mexico Towans and the long stretch of beach known as Hayle Beach.

43. Black Cliff


Black Cliff beach, is a sandy beach stretching between Hayle Towans and Mexico Towans. Sheltered by cliffs and backed by dunes.


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