The Beach Guide

Fishing Cove

  • Fishing Cove and North Cliffs
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  • Fishing Cove
    ©Cornwall Beaches
  • Fishing Cove between Portreath and Godrevy
    ©Cornwall Beaches

The stretch of coast running between Godrevy and Portreath beaches is known as North Cliffs. To most, the only point of interest along here is Hell's Mouth, a small inlet where the sheer cliffs plummet nearly 300 feet (90m) into the Atlantic Ocean below.

However, tucked in between Navax Point and Hell's Mouth is a pretty little beach with golden sand and turquoise waters. So, despite its obvious charms, why is this beach more frequently visited by seals than people?

The answer is simple and can be deduced from the fact it is just around the corner from Hell's Mouth. If you aren't good with heights then you can forget Fishing Cove right away! Whilst the path down isn't necessarily that difficult the drop is a little off putting to say the least.

If you do make it as far as the beach then you may find yourself somewhat over-dressed. Fishing Cove is well known amongst naturists with skinny-dipping de rigueur. As there is no lifeguard service caution is advised when swimming although the beach is generally sheltered.

At hight tide the beach is very much reduced in size with just a small strip of sand. On the low tide there is plenty of sand and it is possible to walk around to the neighbouring Castle Giver Cove.

Also known as:

Fisherman's Cove

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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Nudist/naturist beach



TR27 5EG

OS grid ref.

SW 5959 4289


There is a small roadside car park at the top of the hill out of Godrevy, just before Hell's Mouth. Alternatively, park at Hell's Mouth and walk around.