Gorran Haven Beach

Gorran Haven is a pleasant sandy beach just in front of the village. It is fairly sheltered, sitting in the lee of the 400ft high Dodman point just to the west. Along with all the facilities of the village close to hand this makes for a great family beach and despite the lack of lifeguard cover this is a safe beach to swim at. 

The beach also reflects the village's roots with a stone pier forming a small harbour and lending further shelter. Built at the time of the pilchard boom in the 19th century the harbour is much quieter these days. There are still a few working boats, but most of the traffic is now fishing trips.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Disabled access

The road slopes right down to the sand with a parking a few hundred metres up the gently sloping hill


PL26 6JG

OS grid ref.

SX 0133 4160


The beach is right on the seafront and you have all the facilities of the village close at hand. There are public toilets just up the slipway too.


Parking for the beach and village is provided by a large car park a few hundred metres up the road. There are a few parking spots closer to the beach but restrictions are enforced along most roads.

Gorran Haven Beach Reviews


Rob paver
Aug 22nd 2021

Nice and clean excellent views definitely recommend

Just Heaven!

F. Tomlinson
Jul 29th 2021

I first visited Gorran Haven in 1960. I thought I had landed in Heaven.  I last visited 30 years ago when it was equally lovely. Would love to get there again before I die.

Love this place

Sarah Downing
May 20th 2021

Absolutely beautiful beach, dog friendly and just a great place to relax or play with the kids. Went every day during our stay last year, and even due to the restrictions we still had a fantastic time x

May 18th 2021

Love this place Easy to park and reasonable price. Lovely dog friendly beach. All of the eating places are good. I particularly like the beach side cafe. The fish and chip shop opposite cooks fresh to order and the best I’ve ever had - anywhere.

Jul 20th 2019

Best place ever…and after 35 years pause still the same ♡
We’ll be back!!!

Many happy times spent here

Jul 19th 2019

Excellent beach, many many many happy times spent on this beach

Jul 18th 2019

Lovely beach and lovely little cafe right on the beach.

Jul 18th 2019

Love gorran haven. It’s our go to beach. Great cafe.