Seaton Beach

Seaton Beach is located at the foot of the wooded Hessenford valley on what is a relatively quiet stretch of the Cornish coast. The River Seaton meanders across the beach here and acts as a focal point for children who can safely play here. The water here is generally safe to swim in and the beach is quite sheltered from both waves and the wind by the high cliffs to the west.

The beach is a mixture of grey pebbles and coarse sand, and whilst not the most appealing on the coast Seaton makes up for this with its many other charms. At either end the beach is bordered by flat rocks, which at as the tide drops reveal a number of rock pools. At low tide a fairly extensive area of flat sand is exposed and one can walk along the foreshore as far as Downderry to the East and the Looe beaches to the west. Even at high tide you can walk along the promenade to Downderry beach, or join the local fisherman casting off here for bass.

Seaton Beach is managed by Cornwall Council and facilities have been invested in such as improved disabled access and a children's play park on the green behind the beach. In addition there is a large cafe, shop and toilets on the beach front.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Disabled access

Level access to the beach


PL11 3JQ

OS grid ref.

SX 3058 5426


There is some roadside parking on the beach front, but it is limited and fills up quickly in the summer. There are three car parks all within a minutes walk from the beach.


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Seaton Beach Reviews

Jun 30th 2021

Dogs everywhere im local got 2 children the younger 1 has been knocked over 4 times this here so far dog poo everywhere

Dog and child friendly!

Jun 25th 2021

A lovely beach with local pubs and good parking.
Lifeguards in situ over summer months.
Responsible dog owners who let their pooches enjoying the waves - I haven’t seen one owner ignore their dog’s doo-doo’s - because they are grateful of having a dog friendly beach all year long…plenty of poo bins provided.
The children love the river which provides a safe haven for paddling away from the sea.
A very friendly chilled atmosphere…a great example of a freindly, welcoming Cornish beach.

5 star

Dec 13th 2020

Absolute stunning beach !! My children love it here ... very popular always busy and easy to get too

Massively Overrated

Aug 23rd 2020

Now I don’t have a problem with dogs on beaches - but don’t sell this as a child friendly offering. We watched on as some of the irresponsible owners just let there dog s*** and p*** everywhere.

The whole beach experience was like a scene out of mad max, just a dirty beach and don’t be fooled otherwise by the ratings. Go see and make your own mind up.