Guide to Cornwall's beaches

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.

  1. Bosahan Cove

    Bosahan Cove

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

    dog friendly
  2. Cadgwith Cove

    Cadgwith Cove

    Cadgwith is one of those Cornish fishing villages that time seems to have passed…

  3. Caerthillian Cove

    Caerthillian Cove

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

    dog friendly
  4. Carleon Cove

    Carleon Cove

    At the foot of Poltesco Valley lies the rocky little Carleon Cove. The National…

    dog friendly
  5. Castle Beach

    Castle Beach

    Swimming is best around high tide, but not so good when the water is low due…

  6. Church Cove

    Church Cove

    Narrow rocky cove set between cliffs on the eastern side of the Lizard. Slipway…

  7. Coverack


    Good beach for playing family games. Still a small fishing port. Good views…

    dog friendly
  8. Dollar Cove

    Dollar Cove

    Bring your metal detector as there's rumoured to be treasure here. The cove…

    dog friendly
  9. Durgan Beach

    Durgan Beach

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

    dog friendly
  10. Flushing Cove

    Flushing Cove

    This small sand and shingle cove on Gillan Creek has wonderful views out towards…

    dog friendly
  11. Gillan Harbour Beach

    Gillan Harbour Beach

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

    dog friendly
  12. Godrevy Cove

    Godrevy Cove

    Godrevy Cove (not to be confused with Godrevy beach near Hayle) is yet another…

    dog friendly
  13. Grebe Beach

    Grebe Beach

    Located a short woodland walk away from the village of Durgan is the secluded…

    dog friendly
  14. Gunwalloe Beach

    Gunwalloe Beach

    Lovely sandy family beach. There is a stream running through the beach, ideal…

  15. Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase Beach

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

  16. Helford Passage Beach

    Helford Passage Beach

    Situated on northern shore of the picturesque Helford Estuary is the pleasant…

    dog friendly
  17. Housel Bay

    Housel Bay

    Small sandy cove at the bottom of the cliffs not far from the Lizard Point.…

  18. Kennack Sands Beach

    Kennack Sands Beach

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

  19. Kynance Cove

    Kynance Cove

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

    good surf
  20. Lankidden Cove

    Lankidden Cove

    This hidden cove is best reached via a hike along the coast path from Kennack…

    dog friendly
  21. Leggan Cove

    Leggan Cove

    Leggan cove is a little known beach situated on the sheltered eastern side…

    dog friendly
  22. Loe Beach

    Loe Beach

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

  23. Loe Bar Beach

    Loe Bar Beach

    Loe Bar is made up of 2 parts; The Loe, which is the largest natural fresh…

    dog friendly lifeguarded good surf
  24. Maenporth Beach

    Maenporth Beach

    The gently sloping beach has shallow water and rockpools with plenty of marine…

  25. Men-aver Beach

    Men-aver Beach

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

  26. Mullion Cove

    Mullion Cove

    Pretty cove with sandy beach at low tide. Interesting serpentine rock formation…

    dog friendly
  27. Pentreath Beach

    Pentreath Beach

    Pebble beach below the cliffs, although there is sand at low water. Usually…

    dog friendly
  28. Poldhu Cove

    Poldhu Cove

    Famous as the place from which the first Trans-Atlantic radio signal was sent…

  29. Polgwidden Cove

    Polgwidden Cove

    Polgwidden Cove is situated at the foot of the valley in which Trebah Gardens…

    dog friendly
  30. Polnare Cove

    Polnare Cove

    Nare Point stands guard to the mouth of the Helford River with views out towards…

    dog friendly
  31. Polpeor Cove

    Polpeor Cove

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

    dog friendly
  32. Polurrian Cove

    Polurrian Cove

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

  33. Ponsence Cove

    Ponsence Cove

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

    dog friendly
  34. Porth Sawsen Beach

    Porth Sawsen Beach

    Porth Sawsen is a little known beach on the northern shore of the picturesque…

    dog friendly
  35. Porthallack Beach

    Porthallack Beach

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

    dog friendly
  36. Porthallow Beach

    Porthallow Beach

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

    dog friendly
  37. Porthleven Beach

    Porthleven Beach

    There is a sandy beach beyond the harbour wall that stretches all the way to…

    lifeguarded good surf
  38. Porthoustock Beach

    Porthoustock Beach

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

    dog friendly
  39. Portscatho Beach

    Portscatho Beach

    There is a tiny sandy patch of beach in Porscatho village. More pebbly beach…

  40. Rinsey Cove

    Rinsey Cove

    Quiet beach for swimming. Sand at low water.

    dog friendly
  41. St Anthony In Meneage Beach

    St Anthony In Meneage Beach

    Small beach on Gillan Creek. Good centre for boating and both sail and motor…

  42. Sunny Cove

    Sunny Cove

    Situated below the coast path between Swanpool beach in Falmouth and Maenporth…

    dog friendly
  43. Swanpool Beach

    Swanpool Beach

    This popular cove is located on the outskirts of Falmouth, around a mile and…