Great Molunan & Little Molunan Beach

Great Molunan beach
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The series of coves that are the Molunans are tucked away in the shelter of St Anthony Head with its lighthouse standing guard over the entrance to the Carrick Roads. Across the water are views to Pendennis Castle and Falmouth docks beyond. On the water there is always plenty of activity with yachts setting out from Mylor, Flushing and Falmouth along with the, sometimes huge, commercial shipping to-ing and fro-ing from the Fal Estuary.

There are a triplet of coves along this little stretch of coast; Little Molunan, Great Molunan and a third little cove that doesn't seem to have a name. Great Molunan is unsurprisingly the largest and most popular of the three. A sheltered section of gently sloping, pale golden sand backed by low green cliffs. Unlike Little Molunan there is still a small beach here at all but the very highest of tides.

Little Molunan joins up with Great Molunan on the low tide. The most notable feature here is the large cave that goes back into the cliff for a considerable distance. Both coves have some good rock pools to explore and are relatively sheltered making them fairly family friendly.

Despite only being a stones throw from St Mawes and Falmouth the Molunan beaches are on the other side of various water ways to both. Whilst a ferry from St Mawes may be the answer during the summer, any other time of year you are looking at a long drive from anywhere. This keeps the beaches pretty exclusive and visitors are as likely to arrive here via boat as by car.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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OS grid ref.

SW 8464 3164


There are toilets and a cafe next to the National Trust car park on St Anthony Head. These are seasonal though.


Park at the National Trust car park at St Anthony Head. This is a 5 minute walk from the beaches.