The Beach Guide

Carne Beach

  • Carne Beach
    ©Cornwall Beaches

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.