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
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
The road slopes right down to the sand with a parking a few hundred metres up the gently sloping hill
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)
RuthyJul 20th 2019
Best place ever…and after 35 years pause still the same ♡
We’ll be back!!!
Rob paverAug 22nd 2021
Nice and clean excellent views definitely recommend
F. TomlinsonJul 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.
IvanMay 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.
Lovely beach and lovely little cafe right on the beach.
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.
Roberto RevillaAug 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 DowningMay 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
Excellent beach, many many many happy times spent on this beach
Love gorran haven. It’s our go to beach. Great cafe.