The Strangles Beach
The Strangles beach is located on a stretch of the North Cornish coast known for its high cliffs. In fact nearby High Cliff is the highest cliff in Cornwall at over 700 feet (200 metres). This gives some idea of the setting of this long sand and shingle beach. The cliffs aren't so steep here but the walk down from the coast path is still quite demanding. The name of the beach refers to the treacherous nature of the coast here with strong currents and jagged rocks. Swimming is generally unsafe.
There are actually two beaches here which join up at low tide. The smaller beach to the north is known as Little Strand and is set on the other side of the large rock / sea stack in the middle of the bay. There is a large rock arch at this end of the beach and the rock formations around here are generally of interest. Little Strand is popular with naturists.
The main beach is a long stretch of sand at low tide which, given the relatively long climb down to the beach, is never busy. The path is well maintained and despite the high cliffs it couldn't be described as hazardous.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SX 1317 9542
There is a small National Trust parking area on the roadside opposite the footpath down to the beach and coast path.