Gorran Haven Beach

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    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 (10)


    Jul 20th 2019

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


    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.


    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 18th 2019

    Lovely beach and lovely little cafe right on the beach.

    Nov 27th 2022

    Beautiful place. I have many happy memories of it. This area of Cornwall is not my favourite, but Gorran Haven and this beach are outstanding.

    Lovely beach

    Roberto Revilla

    Aug 28th 2022

    We had a great time at Gorran Haven - it’s a lovely sandy beach with a cafe and other shops inc fish and chips place metres away.

    Parking is about 100 yards up the road on a gentle slope and it’s £5 for the day.

    You need to check tide times as when the tide is in the beach gets cut in two and if you’re on the wrong side you need to use the steps to get back up to the road side.

    Dogs are not allowed off the lead during peak season so it’s not entirely dog friendly which is a shame.

    The sea was great for swimming in.

    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

    Many happy times spent here

    Jul 19th 2019

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

    Jul 18th 2019

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

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