Bossiney Cove

Bossiney Cove
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Picturesque small cove which joins up with neighbouring Benoath cove on low tides. 

 The beach is still relatively quite compared to much of the surrounding area as people tend to completely miss it as they go from Tintagel to Boscastle although it is overlooked by a hotel and small campsite.

Also known as:

Bossiney Haven

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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PL34 0AY

OS grid ref.

SX 0666 8947


Nearby layby

Bossiney Cove Reviews (7)


Simon Davies

Jul 02nd 2020

Every year from 1968 to 1981 - through the secret passage at the back of the cave!!

World class beach


Aug 18th 2020

My first visit here today.  Deeply impressed. Perfect sand, the rocky cliffs, the uneven path down adding to the charm, a waterfall, caves with interesting purple minerals, turquoise blue water. Simply stunning. A world class beach, and I’ve travelled a lot.


Moss Gang

Jul 26th 2023

Magical cove that is so well Hidden we assume that ONLY Locals seem to know about it! but worth the Adventure getting down to it!

Worth the effort.


May 22nd 2023

Day trip from Bude, no 95 service to Newquay, stops at Bossiney bus shelter. Having not been before went straight down past the erected metal fences. I did check with a local walker who assured me all was fine, and was not sure why the fences are still in place following a landfall a year or two back.

Anyway, went for a swim, beautiful clear water and sandy underfoot. Cloudless blue sky, blue/emerald glow to the water, beautiful. Then made my way to the other little beach at Benoath (tide was either side of low tide in the 3 hours I was there, best check before visiting as is not possible towards high tide). Plenty big rocks to put your stuff on, for me has a more open feel than its neighbour.

Time to go, and decided to ascend from Benoath Cove. First part involves scrambling over rocks with aid of a strong rope tied to the metalwork further up, then a steep path part way with a handrail, but mainly a narrow pathway quite close to the edge which then turns inland leading up to the coast path. If you have mobility issues or just not keen on heights might be best going back up from Bossiney end. All in all, a great day, will be back for sure!



Jul 19th 2022

Very difficult to get to due to the steep path not for vertigo sufferers or the feint of heart! But worth it. The waterfall is stunning if you only get to this beach once in your lifetime do it you will not regret it! It’s also known as elephant cove you’ll know why when you get there!

Access to Cove is closed


Sep 16th 2021

17th Sept the footpath access to the cove is closed

Bossiness Haven/Cove


Jul 13th 2021

The cove is currently closed due to rock fall.

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