The Beach Guide

Gorran Haven Beach

  • Gorran Haven Beach
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  • Gorran Haven Beach and Harbour
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  • Gorran Haven and Little Perhaver
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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.