Greenbank Cove

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  • North Cliffs and Greenbank Cove
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    The stretch of coast between Portreath and Gwithian known as North Cliffs is characterised by high, rugged cliffs backed by the level heathland of Reskajeage Downs. In the winter this is a foreboding place and it is not difficult to imagine why there are places with names such as Hell's Mouth and Deadman's Cove.

    Unbeknown to many people there are actually a handful of quite nice sandy beaches at the foot of the cliffs here. Greenbank Cove is the middle one of these and whilst it has the widest stretch of sand, it is also the most difficult to get down to. 

    All the North Cliff beaches involve what some might view as a terrifying scrabble down the 200 feet (70m) cliffs and Greenbank is no exception. An alternative low tide route to the cove involves walking around from Bassett's Cove, although this is still a fairly intimidating cliff to get down. 

    The beach at Greenbank Cove is lovely but besides the dangers of actually getting here it is also advisable to stay away from the cliff face (in case of rock falls) and with no lifeguard cover and strong currents, swimming is not advised.
    It is also worth noting not much of the beach remains when the tide comes in.

    Type of beach

    Sand and rocks

    Lifeguard service

    No lifeguard cover

    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed all year

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    Nudist/naturist beach



    TR14 0JG

    OS grid ref.

    SW 6303 4360


    There are a couple of free car park overlooking North Cliffs. For Greenbank Cove the middle one is the closest.

    Greenbank Cove Reviews (2)

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    Oct 13th 2022

    Made it down to this beach but track down is steep and slippery. The beach is lovely and quite but a local couple warned me when I went to swim that there were strong currents and that a person had died in the water a couple of years ago.
    Very tricky but nice to visit once at least.


    Beach boy

    Jun 17th 2022

    Yes it is a difficult climb with no beach 2 hours either side of hightide, but a beautiful quite sandy bay where you can relax as nature intended.

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