The Strangles Beach

The Strangles beach is located on a stretch of the North Cornish coast known for its high cliffs. In fact nearby High Cliff is the highest cliff in Cornwall at over 700 feet (200 metres). This gives some idea of the setting of this long sand and shingle beach. The cliffs aren't so steep here but the walk down from the coast path is still quite demanding. The name of the beach refers to the treacherous nature of the coast here with strong currents and jagged rocks. Swimming is generally unsafe.

There are actually two beaches here which join up at low tide. The smaller beach to the north is known as Little Strand and is set on the other side of the large rock / sea stack in the middle of the bay. There is a large rock arch at this end of the beach and the rock formations around here are generally of interest. Little Strand is popular with naturists.

The main beach is a long stretch of sand at low tide which, given the relatively long climb down to the beach, is never busy. The path is well maintained and despite the high cliffs it couldn't be described as hazardous.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Nudist/naturist beach



EX23 0LQ

OS grid ref.

SX 1317 9542


There is a small National Trust parking area on the roadside opposite the footpath down to the beach and coast path.

The Strangles Beach Reviews

Breathtakingly beautiful

Jun 22nd 2022

We visited for the first time on the Summer Solstice when the low tide and evening weather were both perfect.  The last part of the descent is a little challenging and the climb back up is quite a workout but all well worth the effort for this beautiful, wild and unspoilt beach that you may have to yourself.

Great beach

Jun 04th 2022

This is a fabulous beach even though it is a bit hard to get to. I love that it is not too popular and that it therefore is peaceful.
I also like the privacy so that I can be naked if I want to.


Aug 24th 2021

Quite a hike down and up which naturally means it is quite empty. Utterly beautiful.

Far from the madding crowd!

Aug 22nd 2021

Beautiful,rugged,sweeping beach.
Fantastic rock formations goladen Sands ,pebbles , quartz veined rocks.
Often no one there,
The walk down at the right time of year is also beautiful,with Heather and gorse lined paths.

Feb 04th 2021

Suppose I am biased, living locally, but consider this beach very special. Yes, its a fair old stomp down with a teeny bit of abseiling at base - and back of course.  CHECK TIDES AND BE SENSIBLE about your visit.  In this over-crowded, molly-coddled country its too easy to imagine help will come if you have a problem - but plenty of families have found its glorious natural joys and delights.  Just take your litter home please.

Beautiful beach but don't go swimming

Jun 15th 2020

Went here with my family a few years ago, it’s a beautiful secluded beach, it was mid summer and there was only one other family there so definetly a good place to get away from crowds. However while we were swimming the tide turned and swept my dad and sister way out of the bay, the lifeguard were called but thankfully they had bodyboards and were able to paddle back to the beach once the tides calmed a bit, if they didn’t have the bodyboards it could of been a very different story.

Aug 24th 2019

A lovely beech but at high tide a pebble beech so bring strong shoes,the climb up and down is quite a hack,so if not strong of knee, don’t attempt it. Top tip take plenty of water .a great place to hideaway .o naturelle at the far end of the beech


Aug 05th 2019

My favourite beach so far. Beautiful, lots to explore, plenty of golden sand, rocks and pools. A lovely walk down, with views. And always parking and peace.