Gunwalloe Church Cove – The Lizard

Gunwalloe Church Cove – The Lizard – Gunwalloe Church Cove – The Lizard

There is a tiny church St Wynwallow, with a detached tower set into the solid rock of the headland, located to the north side of the beach hence the name Church Cove.

Gunwalloe is owned and looked after by the National Trust and is able to care and conserve areas like this thanks to their members, volunteers and donors. Car park free to National Trust members.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September (07:00am – 07:00pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Poldark connection:

Gunnwalloe on The Lizard relived its smugglings past when Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast members and extras descended to film night-time ship wrecking scenes. An attractive sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St Wynwallow.

www.visitcornwall.com/beaches/lifeguards-seasonal/west-cornwall/helston/gunwalloe-church-cove-beach

Sat Nav: TR12 7QG

Polgwidden Cove @ Trebah Gardens – Falmouth

Polgwidden Cove @ Trebah Gardens – Falmouth – Polgwidden Cove @ Trebah Gardens – Falmouth

Polgwidden Cove is situated at the foot of the valley in which Trebah Gardens lie. The beach is privately owned but open to the public. However, access is somewhat convoluted unless entering through Trebah Gardens.

It is a small shingle beach with a cafe at the top. There are still some reminders of Polgwidden’s role during World War II in the form of concrete structures. It was from here that boats were launched to attack Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day.

Being on the Helford River close to Helford Passage, it is an ideal place for boating or exploring the coastal scenery.

Sat nav: TR11 5JZ

https://www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/helston-lizard-falmouth/polgwidden.htm

Flushing Cove – The Lizard

Flushing Cove – The Lizard – Flushing Cove – The Lizard

An early morning view of Flushing Cove which lies on the banks of Gillan Creek. This beach is always quiet as there isn’t really anywhere to park. Most visitors are just passing through whilst walking the coast path.

In the distance you can just make out St Anthony-in-Meneage church which sits on the opposite bank of the creek.

Sat Nav: TR12 6HQ

www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/helston-lizard-falmouth/flushing-cove.htm

Maenporth Beach – Falmouth

Maenporth Beach – Falmouth – Maenporth Beach – Falmouth

The gently sloping beach has shallow water which is great for children.  Situated approximately two miles south-southwest of Falmouth, Maenporth beach faces east across Falmouth Bay with views towards Pendennis Castle and the lighthouse on St Anthony Head.  Neighbouring beaches include Swanpool and Gyllyngvase.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.
Sat Nav: TR11 5HN

Swanpool Beach – Falmouth

Swanpool Beach – Falmouth – Swanpool Beach – Falmouth

Swanpool is a sandy cove on the outskirts of Falmouth and proud of its friendly, fun and welcoming environment.  The Beach Cafe is open all year with our good home made food and cakes and a very unique range of quirky ice-creams. During colder months you can also keep yourself warm with a mexican poncho and a hot water bottle!

You can walk the dogs on leads and take the kids around Swanpool nature reserve to feed the ducks and the swans.

There’s a large carpark, 18 hole crazy golf course and a safe beach for all you swimmers! You can put the kids on the fun bouncer or hire kayaks, or simply relax on the beach.

There’s also a watersports school for hire and tuition of the following; Sailing, Coasteering, Windsurfing, Kayaking and more…

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.
Sat Nav: TR11 5BG

Gyllyngvase Beach – Falmouth

Gyllyngvase Beach – Falmouth – Gyllyngvase Beach – Falmouth

Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth, on the South Cornwall coast is one of the most popular beaches in Falmouth.

  • Less than 10 minutes walk to historic Falmouth’s town centre
  • Falmouth’s largest beach
  • Fine crescent of sand
  • Popular with families
  • Great amenities
  • Good for watersports 
  • One of only eight beaches in Cornwall to receive the Blue Flag Award 2017 which recognises that the beach is clean, with the highest quality of water, well managed and safe. 

Amenities

  • Gylly Beach Cafe is built over the beach and offers fantastic views from its sundrenched terrace and is open all year round. Prides itself on utilising wherever possible, local produce and best environmental practice. Fresh contemporary menu – expect lots of fish/shellfish, salads, tapas, accompanied by chilled out acoustic music sessions. Perfect place for a romantic meal or a family gathering by the beach
  • Buggy-friendly
  • Access – flat
  • WESUP is Cornwall’s first dedicated stand up Paddleboard centre operating from Gylly Beach
  • Adjacent to Gylly Beach Cafe is a small building which sells take-away food, ice-cream and beach goodies throughout the summer months
  • Public toilets are located 20 yards away from Gylly beach
  • Gyllyngvase Beach is a 10 minute walk from the centre of town
  • The well-kept formal Queen Mary Gardens near the beach were opened in 1910 and are home to sub-tropical plants such as colourful Agapanthus and giant leafed Gunnera.
  • Linked via the South West Coastpath to Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve 
  • There is a large car park 100 yards away
  • The beach is raked every morning during the summer months

Lifeguard cover There is RNLI Lifeguard cover between 15 May – 26 September at Gyllyngvase beach 

Dogs Seasonal dog ban. Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

Carlyon Bay Beach- St Austell

Carlyon Bay Beach- St Austell – Carylon Bay Beach – St Austell

Located just a short drive from St Austell, this stunning long sandy stretch of coastline is home to a unique open air venue for special food and drink events throughout the summer.

For 2017, the Off Beat Bar and Smoking Hog BBQ Shack will be in residence every day from May 20th to October 1st and will be joined by a variety of pop ups serving the very best of Cornish food and drink.  Lay on a beanbag and discover the latest inventions from Cornwall’s finest street food traders, all on a beautiful beach.  Pop ups confirmed so far include Angels in the Kitchen, the Cornish Waffle Box and Keep Cornwall Fed, an organisation which donates a meal to someone living in food poverty for every commercial meal they sell.

The Off Beat Bar will be serving hot and cold beverages from an undercover bar plus a rooftop terrace based around a 1940’s Bedford truck and live music will be a regular feature.

Kelly’s Icecream will be a sight for sore eyes for those who love a cold treat and The Love Snack will be selling traditional Cornish pasties – difficult to resist.

For those who want to truly relax, Elm Yoga will be holding sssions on Saturday mornings and Lovely Yoga on Sunday mornings.

Other pop ups will be announced throughout the season but you can guarantee one thing – there’s always fun to be had!

The ever popular Miracle Theatre will be returning in July with their new production, The Third Policeman.

Hot Tub Cinema Nights is an exciting new concept being introduced this year.  This is an outdoor cinema screen with hot tubs for hire – or alternatively you can park yourself in a deckchair or just bring a blanket.  Sunday afternoon matinees are for chidren.  The first weekend is 9 – 11 June: 9th June – Dirty Dancing; 10th June – Top Gun; 11th June – Finding Nemo

Plans are also underway for the first ever national beach cricket tournament in association with the Lords Taveners featuring some top national and county sides alongside some amateur ones and promises to be a truly unique experience. Provisional date is 23 – 26 September.

Cornwall’s only beach frisbee golf course will also be open for business again this year.  The course was launhced last summer and has proved to be a popular draw for locals and visitors alike.

Children are always welcome, but please note that the beach is a dog-free zone until 1st October.

Parking is in a car park (daily rate £2 from 9am – 6pm) overlooking the site with a short walk down the hill or via steps to reach the beach.  Free parking for blue badge holders only is available at beach level.

www.visitcornwall.com/food-and-drink/cafes/south-coast/st-austell/carlyon-beach

Sat Nav: PL25 3RG

Portmellon Beach – Mevagissey

Portmellon Beach – Mevagissey – Portmellon Beach – Mevagissey

Portmellon Beach sits in a small, sheltered cove, little more than half a mile from the centre of Mevagissey, Cornwall. It is normally a very quiet beach, tourists preferring to visit its better-known neighbours, where access for boats is provided by a slipway.

Portmellon is set in a low lying area, and its sand and shingle beach is reclaimed by the sea at hide tides, though this does leave rock pools to explore at low tide. The beach can be accessed from Gorran Haven or Mevagissey via the South West Coast Path.

http://www.beachesincornwall.co.uk/fowey/portmellon/

Sat Nav: PL26 6PX

Charlestown Beach – St Austell

Charlestown Beach – St Austell – Charlestown Beach – St Austell

Charlestown Beach is a south-facing, sloping shingle beach accessed by steps on the east (left) side of the historic harbour, which is home to several tall ships and has many restaurants, cafes etc.  The harbour is also used as a filming locations, most recently as the main quayside in the Poldark series.

Nearby is the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.

Dogs are not permitted on this beach at any time

www.visitcornwall.com/beaches/good-beach-guide-2014/south-coast/st-austell/charlestown-beach

Sat Nav: PL25 3NJ

Gorran Haven – Mevagissey

Gorran Haven – Mevagissey – Gorran Haven – Mevagissey

East facing sand beach, popular with families for swimming and surfing. However there is no lifeguard cover provided. There is a beach shop, pub, car parking for 500 vehicles and toilets. Kayaking is very popular at this sheltered bay with reasonable hire rates. Access to the beach from car park 400 metres down a slight incline. Gorran Haven is a popular stop-off point along the South West Coast Path.

This beach is dog friendly, however they must be kept on leads

www.visitcornwall.com/beaches/toilets-nearby/south-coast/mevagissey/gorran-haven-beach

Sat Nav: PL26 6JG