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
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SX 1467 5081
No amenities in immediate vicinity.
National Trust car park on main road into Polruan.
Lantic Bay Reviews (4)
EmilyJun 18th 2021
No idea why this beach has a 3 star rating - the water was crystal clear and it was a beautiful spot for a swim. Quite a hike down / up, but worth it!
fabioAug 22nd 2023
stunning beach worth visiting
Probably the best beach in Britain
OllyAug 30th 2022
Agree with the last comment. No idea why only three stars. It was perfect sand and clear water. Almost like being in another country!
Turquoise water and white sand
HorstSep 17th 2021
This beach deserves 5 stars. The water is crystal clear and the beach is simply stunning. Yes, the walk back to the car will be exhausting, but it’s definitely worth it.