The Beach Guide

Ready Money Cove

A small, sheltered, sandy beach, slightly shelving. It is sheltered by cliffs close to the mouth of the River Fowey Estuary and bounded, on one side, by the medieval part of the Fowey and, on the other, by St Catherine's Castle. The beach can be covered during spring tides.

Reasonably safe bathing within cove, but not in the Fowey Estuary. However, can be water pollution after storms and heavy rain.

The beach is cleaned daily during high season and litter bins are available. 

There are tidal rock-pools.

Above the cove is the former coach house which was the home of author, Daphne du Maurier, for a few years during the Second World War.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Dogs not allowed on beach from 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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PL23 1JD

OS grid ref.

SX 1187 5104


A slip-way is available for boats. Toilets (including disabled toilets) during season. All other amenities in town.


About 150 car parking spaces are available. No lifeguard service but emergency facilities lifebuoy stand.

Ready Money Cove Reviews

Jul 04th 2019

Best early morning when it is quiet. It is worth walking upto the 16th century castle / fort.