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

Excellent Dog ???? friendly beach.

Sep 18th 2021

This is a lovely beach in a beautiful part of Cornwall with a lovely walk to Downderry along the beach at low tide. I have been coming here for years in all seasons with my 2 dogs and they absolutely love it. There’s always space to park and there is play areas for the children (away from the beach) with a lovely walk through the coves countryside alongside the lake. I have seen the complaints of ‘dog pooh’ everywhere, well I can assure readers that as far as I have seen every dog owner has picked up the pooh responsibley and used the bins provided. I opine these ‘complaints’  are from the usual ‘dog haters’ looking to get our loyal canine family members banned from everywhere. It is not golden sands but still an excellent enjoyable beach experience that I have used with my family even without my dogs during hot weather.

Is this what you really came to Cornwall for?

Local Larry, the King of Pasties
Sep 08th 2021

If you’re after a beach with soft golden sands where you can enjoy a lazy walk on a hot summer’s day, this is not it.
If you’re after a beach where you can set up with the family for a quiet picnic on the sand and let time pass peacefully, this is not it.
If you’re after a beach where the kids can play safely in the sand or water as you relax in the sunshine, this is not it.
If you’re after a beach where there is ample parking and amenities for a day by the seaside, this is not it.
If you want a beach that is blighted by dogs and their owners, this is it.
Why bother coming here, when Downderry is just down the road (no parking there either though)

Parking difficult

Sep 08th 2021

The beach was lovely, however trying to pay for parking was a nightmare. Doesn’t accept cash only the app or ring to pay. Tried to ring did everything they said but when they sent a text fir my car reg. It wouldn’t let me reply,  couldnt download the app as didn’t have internet access, a very kind lady let me use hers and she helped us poor pensioners get the app and pay for parking, it only took 1 hour out of our 2 hour visit. Then found when I got home the payment had been taken twice. Visitors beware.

Dog problem

Sep 07th 2021

It would be good if dogs could be banned. Dog poo disgusting. Shame.

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.