The little fishing village of Portwrinkle is tucked away in Cornwall's forgotten corner at the western edge of Whitsand Bay. Once the scene of a thriving pilchard industry the old fish cellars are now holiday cottages and the quaint little harbour is now a place of calm.
There are two beaches immediately accessible from Portwrinkle; to the west of the harbour is the sandy crescent of Hoodny Cove and to the east the quirkily named Finnygook Beach. There is actually a reasonable patch of sand within the little harbour at Portwrinkle too.
Finnygook is the most popular of the two beaches and comprises of a stretch of fine golden sand which runs down to the mid tide mark. At this point there is a rocky ledge which runs most of the length of the beach. This is home to a host of rockpools which are great for the kids to explore. As the tide comes in it becomes a good spot to snorkel.
Hoodny Cove is a little more sheltered than Finnygook, tucked away under high green cliffs. The beach here has the same sand and rocky foreshore as at Finygook, but a very different feel overall. Whereas Finygook backs onto the road and car park, Hoodny has a tucked away somewhat secluded feel to it.
Also known as:
Hoodny and Finnygook
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October
Access is relatively easy via the path down to the harbour
OS grid ref.
SX 3598 5377
There is a beach cafe at Finygook along with toilets on the opposite side of the road.
There is a reasonably sized car park directly behind Finygook beach. Beyond this parking opportunities are few and far between in the village.