Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Lantic Bay

Lantic Bay
Lantic Bay
Great Lantic beach

The term "hidden gem" is often used to describe some of the more remote beaches in Cornwall, but if there is any one beach that deserves this title it would be Lantic Bay. Located on the quiet, but stunning stretch of coast between Fowey and Polperro this is not the kind of place you simply stumble upon. However, once found you will be rewarded by a vista of near white sand and turquoise water all set in a bay backed by high, verdant cliffs.

Technically there are two beaches in Lantic Bay, Little Lantic and Great Lantic beach. At low tide you can walk between the two but with the rising tide they become separate coves. To the western end of the beach are a some further secluded coves which again are easily reachable at low tide, however care must be taken not to get cut off by the retuning tide.

The beach here is mostly sand, although there are patches of pebble and shingle depending on how far up or down the beach you go. With a shoreline that shelves quite steeply Lantic Bay is an ideal place to visit by boat, and a large proportion of visitors do. This also makes it good for swimming, but care must be taken as there can be strong rip currents at certain states of tide. Being as secluded as the beach is there are no lifeguards.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Postcode

PL23 1NP

OS grid ref.

SX 1467 5081

Facilities

No amenities in immediate vicinity.

Parking

National Trust car park on main road into Polruan.

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