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 beach
  • Cadgwith Cove

    Cadgwith Cove

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

    Beach cafe Toilets
  • Caerthillian Cove

    Caerthillian Cove

    Caerthillian Cove is a rocky inlet situated between Lizard Point and Kynance Cove. There may be times…

    Dog friendly beach
  • Carleon Cove

    Carleon Cove

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • 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…

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  • Church Cove

    Church Cove

    This narrow little rocky cove set between the cliffs on the eastern side of the Lizard Point is a real…

  • Coverack Beach

    Coverack Beach

    Situated on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula is the pretty little fishing village…

    Dog friendly beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • 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 beach Toilets
  • Durgan Beach

    Durgan Beach

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

    Dog friendly beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Flushing Cove

    Flushing Cove

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • Gillan Harbour Beach

    Gillan Harbour Beach

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • 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 beach
  • Grebe Beach

    Grebe Beach

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • Gunwalloe Beach

    Gunwalloe Beach

    The National Trust owned beach of Gunwalloe sits at the base of the Lizard Peninsula. It is a pretty…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase Beach

    Located just a stone's throw from Falmouth town centre Gyllyngvase is widely considered the best beach…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets Blue Flag beach
  • Helford Passage Beach

    Helford Passage Beach

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

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  • Housel Bay

    Housel Bay

    Tucked away, just behind the Lizard Point, is the stunningly pretty little cove of Housel Bay. Set at…

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  • Kennack Sands Beach

    Kennack Sands Beach

    Kennack Sands sits on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula, not far from the tip.…

    Dog friendly beach Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Kynance Cove

    Kynance Cove

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

    Beach cafe Toilets 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 beach
  • Leggan Cove

    Leggan Cove

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • Loe Beach

    Loe Beach

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

    Beach cafe Toilets
  • Loe Bar Beach

    Loe Bar Beach

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

    Dog friendly beach Good surf
  • Maenporth Beach

    Maenporth Beach

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

    Beach cafe Toilets
  • 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

    The rugged little Victorian harbour at Mullion Cove is home to a diminutive stretch of beach. Set within…

    Dog friendly beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • Pentreath Beach

    Pentreath Beach

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • Poldhu Cove

    Poldhu Cove

    Poldhu Cove is one of the most popular beaches on the Lizard Peninsula. Partly because it is less remote…

    Lifeguarded beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • 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 beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • 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 beach
  • 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 beach
  • Polurrian Cove

    Polurrian Cove

    Polurrian Cove is located just beyond the headland to the north of the little harbour at Mullion Cove.…

    Lifeguarded beach
  • Ponsence Cove

    Ponsence Cove

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

    Dog friendly beach
  • 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 beach
  • 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 beach
  • Porthallow Beach

    Porthallow Beach

    Porthallow was once a busy fishing village with a thriving pilchard fleet. In fact the local pub (which…

    Dog friendly beach Beach cafe Toilets
  • 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 beach 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 beach Toilets
  • Portscatho Beach

    Portscatho Beach

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

    Beach cafe Toilets
  • Rinsey Cove

    Rinsey Cove

    The National Trust owned Rinsey Cove is positioned in the lee of Rinsey head, between Praa Sands and…

    Dog friendly beach
  • 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 beach Nudist / naturist
  • Swanpool Beach

    Swanpool Beach

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

    Beach cafe Toilets