Carne Beach

Carne Beach
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Set in the relative shelter of Gerrans Bay on the picturesque Roseland Peninsula is Carne Beach. Along with adjoining Pendower beach, Carne is probably the best in the area with its generous stretch of golden sand. Being a little off the beaten track it never really gets busy. 

 With a gently sloping beach and plenty of rockpools towards the end of the beach there is plenty to keep children occupied. It is also one of a handful of Cornish beaches where dogs are allowed all year round. 

 To the eastern end of the bay is the imposing Nare Head. Rising nearly 300ft above the sea this headland commands great views in all directions. It is also the site of a couple of historic military installations; a World War II control bunker and a Cold War nuclear bunker which has now been restored. 

 Overlooking the beach is the upmarket Nare Hotel - this is the perfect spot for a cream tea on the lawn or a maybe a cocktail whilst enjoying the sunset.

Also known as:

Gerrans Bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year although they should be kept on a lead during the summer months.

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Disabled access

Good facilities for a relatively remote beach. Easy access from National Trust car park next to beach



OS grid ref.

SW 9070 3818


The restaurant at the Nare Hotel is open to non-residents. Other amenities in Portscatho, Gerrans, Veryan and St. Mawes.


Limited parking is available at the beach.

Carne Beach Reviews (6)

Perfect spot


Aug 03rd 2021

Perfect beach. When the tide is out the beach is vast and there is plenty of beach for everyone. Gently shelves so great for families and young children. Dog friendly.
Really good for paddle boarding. Good size NT car park. £4 for half a day (which lasts till dusk). Rock pools. Little van for refreshments.

There’s not much this beach doesn’t have to be honest… no surf as such so I guess not great for body boards and no good for surfing.

If you think this beach is uninspiring you must be dead inside.

Carne beach

Peggy Coulthard

Jul 13th 2021

Good facilities, quiet beach with lovely Pendower beach alongside. Ideal for getting away from the bustling crowds!

Great beach used by locals and their dogs


Jan 21st 2024

This is one of the best beaches for dog walking and used by locals throughout the year. We have few parks in Cornwall and few places locally to exercise dogs. I feel very saddened to read criticism that dogs should be kept on leads - there are loads of beaches where dogs aren’t allowed so if dogs are a problem for you, please choose a different beach.

Great beach for dogs


Mar 01st 2023

Lovely beach for dogs, with a lot of beaches not dog friendly during the summer, its nice to watch the dogs run around playing. Plenty of beaches open to those that don’t like it.

Dogs on leads please


Oct 27th 2022

Really lovely beach. Good parking and refreshments during summer. Unfortunately many dog owners don’t keep their dogs on a lead. This upsets my granddaughter, who is scared of dogs.

Not the best. Good for dog walking

Jul 11th 2021

A very uninspiring stretch of beach. Good for dog walking.

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