Penzance Beaches

 

Cot Valley Cove, Penwith
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Cot Valley Cove, Penwith

The beaches and coves around West Penwith are extraordinarily beautiful and each has its own unique identity; from the turquoise waters and white soft sand of Porthcurno to the rock pools laden with sealife at Priest Cove. Similarly, each beach takes on a different aspect depending on the tides, the weather and the season so each visit heralds new experiences. Have a look at a selection of beaches and coves that can be found around this special coastline.

Gwenver/ Gwynver
Its name comes from the Cornish  for white (“gwyn”) and sea (“mor”). It really feels like the End of the Land here. Beware the heavy surf and long flight of steps.

Longrock Beach with St Michaels Mount in the distance
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Longrock Beach with St Michaels Mount in the distance

Sennen
A proper family beach and “a surfers Mecca”  with access to parking, cafes and toilets. Look out for the occasional basking shark or dolphins swimming in the surf.

Nanjizal
A long trek through farmland brings you to this isolated spot, with its cream-coloured sand and rock arches. Listen for the singing seals!

Gwennap Head
A famed lookout spot for marine wildlife and the most southwesterly point of mainland Britain. This is where the Channel meets the Atlantic with frequently spectacular results.

Porthgwarra
A historic fishing cove with plenty of evidence remaining. Listen for the “moaning” of the Runnelstone Buoy out of the reef. Take care when swimming.

Porthchapel
A short clifftop walk from Porthcurno, Porthchapel is more secluded and just as dramatic. Warning: the surf here is very heavy and the beach is un-lifeguarded.

[[Image::Penzance Beaches1.JPG|thumb|left|400px|Sea water swimming pool at Mousehole| Sea water swimming pool at Mousehole]]

Porthcurno
The jewel in Penwith’s coastal crown. The wide champagne sweep of the sand, turquoise waters and golden cliffs, below the iconic Minack Theatre make this beach truly world class.

Penberth Cove

Cot Valley Cove, Penwith
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Cot Valley Cove, Penwith

Visiting Penberth, still a working fishing cove, is like entering a bygone era. Have a look at the boats and crab pots, but as with all working areas, take care.

St Loy
Geologically St Loy is different to many of the other local beaches, being a storm beach of boulders backed by soft, muddy cliffs.

Lamorna Cove
Quarrying, smuggling, artists, wildlife, literature, craftsmen, fishing, great storms, gardens, Lamorna’s history is diverse and fascinating.

Mousehole
Not a swimming beach, but a small sandy harbour, which is barricaded against storms in the winter. For swimming, there’s a hollowed out pool in the rocks.