Cadgwith is one of those Cornish fishing villages that time seems to have passed by. The beach is still very much the centre of the village with a small fleet of crabbing boats winched up on the beach in front of the boat houses.
The small shingle beach is located at the end of the little valley that accommodates the village. There is also a smaller, less accessible beach adjoining.
A little further south along the coast path is the Devil's Frying Pan, a 200 foot deep hole in the cliffs formed many years ago when a cave collapsed.
There is some good diving to be had with several well known shipwrecks located nearby.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm
OS grid ref.
SW 7230 1445
Toilets, shop/café nearby
There is a 75 space car park a few minutes up the road from the beach which is free in the winter.
Cadgwith Cove Reviews
Thought we had seen it all!!! Nope
We had a couple of hours to spare on our way back to our touring park. I found the cove by accident and suggested we take an hour there.
Fast forward the very reasonable easy parking (that pays towards the upkeep of public toilets) and the lovely wooded walk down to the village towing 2 very excited cockers and we arrived back in time to the most stunning thatched cottage gathering of houses. Stunning absolutely beautiful. We popped out at the front of the village (500m I think from car park)
So we crossed the road to the ‘beach’ but we got the wrong one as we went left being drawn by ice cream ???? then crossed onto onto the front we presumed.
We were busy admiring the beauty of the place and the sea and the untouched look when my hubby said that he thought the boat coming in at quite a click would surely beach if it didn’t slow. We soon found out it was absolutely deliberate and soon after a young man and a lady (kudos) put a hook on the boat and proceeded to winch that boat up the entire shale beach! Then comes a tractor driven by the young man and off loads the catch. Fascinating to see.
So we decided we’d pop off home and walked up the small shale beach, waited for a tractor to pass so we could cross the road but when we did THERE WAS THE CATCH ON SALE!!! Absolutely amazing and I couldn’t believe I’d not been here before.
FYI the sand beach was 20 steps to the right instead of left at the end of the path (but you’d miss the ice cream!)
What a lovely day out we had but this was the best bit. To see Cornwall at it’s natural best and how hard and physical the life in this wonderful place is. I’m coming back for sure!!!
Best wishes ????