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.
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.
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.
A long trek through farmland brings you to this isolated spot, with its cream-coloured sand and rock arches. Listen for the singing seals!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Geologically St Loy is different to many of the other local beaches, being a storm beach of boulders backed by soft, muddy cliffs.
Quarrying, smuggling, artists, wildlife, literature, craftsmen, fishing, great storms, gardens, Lamorna’s history is diverse and fascinating.
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.