Voted in the top 20 of Europe's Best Beaches in the Sunday Times, Whipsiderry Beach is a hidden gem in Newquay. Quiet and sheltered, it is a beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs and boasting rock pools and caves that offer hours of fun exploring. At low tide these rock pools and caves are revealed, while the sand is dry and sheltered making it ideal for sunbathing.
Despite being situated within a stone's throw of Newquay, Whipsiderry has a very different, wilder feel than the town beaches. There are no facilities, access is via steep flight of stairs clinging to the cliff face and there is an enormous island in the middle of the cove.
At low tide the sands stertch around half a mile to Watergate Bay. Along this stretch you'll find Fruitful Cove which lies in the lee of Zarcy's Island along with the a large cave known as Cathedral Cavern. Care should be taken when walking this stretch as the tide can cut you off. At higher tides Whipsiderry all but disappears.
In case you wondered, he name of the beach is derived from two mining terms 'Whips' and 'Derrick'.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 8316 6314
There are no facilities at Whipsiderry itself. Neighbouring Porth beach however has a good range of amenities.
The nearest car park is at Porth beach a short walk away.
Whipsiderry Beach Reviews
A hidden gem
Found this on our holiday this year and what a find!
Bit of a trek down some sometimes very steep stairs but oh is it worth the effort. We got there as the tide was coming in and were rewarded with seeing the waves coming up the blow hole in the cave.
The sea was the most fabulous aqua akin to the sea abroad and the beach wasn’t busy either but I think at a higher high tide you could be washed off if not careful.
We parked in the holiday park car park just 2mins walk away so not too far and it’s just opposite the mermaid pub, which serves pretty good grub too. The beach itself doesn’t have any facilities or life guards but I’m told that at low tide it’s great for rock pooling.
All in all well worth a visit and having visited Cornwall lots it was nice to find this new hidden gem.