The Beach Guide

The Helford beaches

Map featuring The Helford beaches. Click on pins to view beach details

The beach guide has 43 beaches listed in The Helford.

  • Bosahan Cove

    Bosahan Cove

    This secluded little cove backs on to the ancient woodlands of the Bosahan estate on the southern banks…

    dog friendly
  • Cadgwith Cove

    Cadgwith Cove

    Cadgwith is one of those Cornish fishing villages that time seems to have passed by. The beach is still…

  • Caerthillian Cove

    Caerthillian Cove

    A rocky inlet between Lizard Point and Kynance Cove. Popular with surfers and bird watchers.

    dog friendly
  • Carleon Cove

    Carleon Cove

    At the foot of Poltesco Valley lies the rocky little Carleon Cove. The National Trust owned beach and…

    dog friendly
  • Castle Beach

    Castle Beach

    Swimming is best around high tide, but not so good when the water is low due to jagged pieces of a wartime…

  • Church Cove

    Church Cove

    Narrow rocky cove set between cliffs on the eastern side of the Lizard. Slipway for launching boats,…

  • Coverack


    Good beach for playing family games. Still a small fishing port. Good views across to the Manacles at…

    dog friendly
  • Dollar Cove

    Dollar Cove

    Bring your metal detector as there's rumoured to be treasure here. The cove is named after the silver…

    dog friendly
  • Durgan Beach

    Durgan Beach

    Set at the foot of the valley containing the sub-tropical gardens of Glendurgan is the tiny village…

    dog friendly
  • Flushing Cove

    Flushing Cove

    This small sand and shingle cove on Gillan Creek has wonderful views out towards the sea beyond. Fringed…

    dog friendly
  • Gillan Harbour Beach

    Gillan Harbour Beach

    Small sandy cove. Popular place for small boats and yachts. Close to the Helford Estuary.

    dog friendly
  • Godrevy Cove

    Godrevy Cove

    Godrevy Cove (not to be confused with Godrevy beach near Hayle) is yet another of the Lizard Peninsula's…

    dog friendly
  • Grebe Beach

    Grebe Beach

    Located a short woodland walk away from the village of Durgan is the secluded Grebe beach. Access is…

    dog friendly
  • Gunwalloe Beach

    Gunwalloe Beach

    Lovely sandy family beach. There is a stream running through the beach, ideal for paddling. No dogs…

  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase Beach

    Good family beach, with life guard cover during the summer months. The gently sloping white sand also…

  • Helford Passage Beach

    Helford Passage Beach

    Situated on northern shore of the picturesque Helford Estuary is the pleasant sand and shingle beach…

    dog friendly
  • Housel Bay

    Housel Bay

    Small sandy cove at the bottom of the cliffs not far from the Lizard Point. Can become cut off at higher…

  • Kennack Sands Beach

    Kennack Sands Beach

    Superb family beach. Lots of sand, a stream and rock pools. Geologically interesting. Dogs allowed on…

  • Kynance Cove

    Kynance Cove

    Popular since Victorian times, the brilliant turquoise water and white sand, with islands, caves and…

    good surf
  • Lankidden Cove

    Lankidden Cove

    This hidden cove is best reached via a hike along the coast path from Kennack Sands over a mile away.…

    dog friendly
  • Leggan Cove

    Leggan Cove

    Leggan cove is a little known beach situated on the sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula.…

    dog friendly
  • Loe Beach

    Loe Beach

    Sheltered sand and shingle beach which is fairly safe for swimming although the beach is better known…

  • Loe Bar Beach

    Loe Bar Beach

    Loe Bar is made up of 2 parts; The Loe, which is the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall and…

    dog friendly lifeguarded good surf
  • Maenporth Beach

    Maenporth Beach

    The gently sloping beach has shallow water and rockpools with plenty of marine life to explore making…

  • Men-aver Beach

    Men-aver Beach

    Positioned about half a mile east of Gillan and running to Parbean, Men-aver Beach is part of a series…

  • Mullion Cove

    Mullion Cove

    Pretty cove with sandy beach at low tide. Interesting serpentine rock formation in cliffs. Dogs allowed.…

    dog friendly
  • Pentreath Beach

    Pentreath Beach

    Pebble beach below the cliffs, although there is sand at low water. Usually quiet beach as no immediate…

    dog friendly
  • Poldhu Cove

    Poldhu Cove

    Famous as the place from which the first Trans-Atlantic radio signal was sent in 1901. A popular sandy…

  • Polgwidden Cove

    Polgwidden Cove

    Polgwidden Cove is situated at the foot of the valley in which Trebah Gardens lie. The beach is privately…

    dog friendly
  • Polnare Cove

    Polnare Cove

    Nare Point stands guard to the mouth of the Helford River with views out towards Falmouth Bay and back…

    dog friendly
  • Polpeor Cove

    Polpeor Cove

    A tiny beach situated just to the right of Lizard Point. The cove is dominated by the Old Lizard Lifeboat…

    dog friendly
  • Polurrian Cove

    Polurrian Cove

    Large sandy beach where dogs are not allowed. popular with families.

  • Ponsence Cove

    Ponsence Cove

    The secluded little cove of Ponsence is hidden away on the most remote southern banks of the Helford…

    dog friendly
  • Porth Sawsen Beach

    Porth Sawsen Beach

    Porth Sawsen is a little known beach on the northern shore of the picturesque Helford River. A backdrop…

    dog friendly
  • Porthallack Beach

    Porthallack Beach

    Porthallack is the situated on the northern banks of the Helford River. It is the closest beach to the…

    dog friendly
  • Porthallow Beach

    Porthallow Beach

    Pebble beach directly in front of the village of Porthallow. Once a busy fishing village with a thriving…

    dog friendly
  • Porthleven Beach

    Porthleven Beach

    There is a sandy beach beyond the harbour wall that stretches all the way to Looe Bar at lower tides.…

    lifeguarded good surf
  • Porthoustock Beach

    Porthoustock Beach

    Porthoustock beach is located on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard peninsula a couple of…

    dog friendly
  • Portscatho Beach

    Portscatho Beach

    There is a tiny sandy patch of beach in Porscatho village. More pebbly beach around. more suitable for…

  • Rinsey Cove

    Rinsey Cove

    Quiet beach for swimming. Sand at low water.

    dog friendly
  • St Anthony In Meneage Beach

    St Anthony In Meneage Beach

    Small beach on Gillan Creek. Good centre for boating and both sail and motor boats can be hired from…

  • Sunny Cove

    Sunny Cove

    Situated below the coast path between Swanpool beach in Falmouth and Maenporth Beach is this small sandy…

    dog friendly
  • Swanpool Beach

    Swanpool Beach

    This popular cove is located on the outskirts of Falmouth, around a mile and a half from the town centre.…