West Cornwall beaches

Map featuring West Cornwall beaches. Click on pins to view beach details

The beach guide has 40 beaches listed in West Cornwall.

  • Bamaluz Beach

    The remains of Wheal Dream tin mine overlook this quiet, sandy beach. Situated between the harbour and Porthgwidden beach, Bamaluz often goes unnoticed by the majority…

  • Battery Rocks Beach

    Like the neighbouring Promenade beach, Battery Rocks beach only exists on lower tides. Sitting between the historic South Pier and art deco Jubilee Pool this little…

  • Carbis Bay

    Located less than a mile out of St Ives is Carbis Bay. It is a wide sandy beach with good facilities making it particularly popular with families. It is also fairly…

  • Clodgy Point Beach

    Clodgy Point beach is located just around the point (Man’s Head) from Porthmeor beach. It is a fairly rugged affair with a mix of boulders and rocks strewn across…

  • Cot Valley Beach

    The pretty Cot Valley runs down towards the sea for around half a mile from St Just. At its end lie a couple of attractive little coves, the most accessible and…

  • Eastern Green Beach

    Penzance's east beach starts at the appropriately named Station Rocks and follows the curve of Mount's bay to Longrock. What used to be one of Cornwall's most polluted…

  • Gurnards Head Beach

    Not an area for family beaches. Treen Cove is a short distance east of the headland, overlooked by the crumbling Chapel Jane. There are remains of Iron Age…

  • Gwenver Beach

    Gwenver's name is derived from Gwynevere of Authurian legend and it does have a beauty about it. Situated at the base of a grassy cliff the beach is just about…

  • Kenneggy Sands Beach

    Secluded, sandy beach with difficult access. At low tide it's a reasonable sized stretch of flat sand, but it all but disappears on higher tides potentially leaving…

  • Lambeth Walk Beach

    The oddly named Lambeth Walk beach is easily overlooked, despite being almost in the town centre of St Ives. Part of the reason is it doesn't really exist at high…

  • Lamorna Cove

    The picturesque little Lamorna Cove sits at the foot of a wooded valley between Mousehole and Porthcurno. To one side of the cove is a stout quay and slipway, while…

  • Longrock Beach

    A safe family beach with sand and pebbles. Favoured with Penzance locals as it is the most easily accessible stretch of sandy beach from town. There is also a good…

  • Marazion Beach

    Despite being situated in front of the popular village of Marazion and having ample parking and amenities the beach never really gets that busy. Mostly sand with…

  • Mousehole Beach

    Whilst being one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall, Mousehole is not well known for its beaches. However, there are two beaches here - a pebbly/rocky…

  • Nanjizal Beach

    Due to its relative inaccessibility, Nanjizal (or Nanjizel) has remained more or less untouched and never gets busy. Most of the people you will see here are walkers…

  • Newlyn Beach

    This small beach on the edge of Newlyn is just past the fish market and quays. Despite also being known as Sandy Cove there is little in the way of sand here. The…

  • Newlyn Tolcarne Beach

    Mainly pebble beach with a little sand, immediately below Newlyn Green, and close to Newlyn Orion Gallery.

  • Pedn Vounder Beach

    One of Cornwall's lovliest beaches, set among the stunning cliffs of Treryn Dinas with crystal clear turquoise water and a beautiful white sand beach. The name…

  • Penberth Cove

    The tiny fishing hamlet of Penberth Cove lies at the foot of a wooded valley just to the east of Porthcurno. It is one of the prettiest spots around an has visually…

  • Penzance Promenade Beach

    The beach in Penzance stretches for around a mile along the length of the Promenade. Mostly shingle with a few patches of sand there is only a beach here from mid…

  • Perranuthnoe Beach

    Perranuthnoe is one of those beaches that has managed to mostly stay under the radar. It has always been reasonably popular with locals as it is one of the closest…

  • Pisky Cove

    This little isolated cove is found just around the headland from Prussia Cove. The nearest parking is over 20 minutes walk away (if you're lucky) which helps keeps…

  • Porthchapel Beach

    Situated between Porthcurno and Porthgwarra and around three miles from Lands End on Cornwall's far south west coast is the south facing Porthchapel Beach. It is…

  • Porthcurno Beach

    If there was an 'A List' of Cornish beaches then Porthcurno would be on there without question. In terms of raw beauty few beaches anywhere can match it; near white…

  • Portheras Cove

    Portheras is one of the last remaining truly local beaches in West Cornwall. Located on one of the wildest stretches of Cornish coast between Pendeen and Morvah…

  • Porthguarnon Cove

    Porthguarnon is another small rocky cove along this stretch of coast that is just about accessible to most people. Situated just under a mile east of Penberth Cove,…

  • Porthgwarra Beach

    Secluded, relatively unknown Cornish Cove largely owned by Lord St Levan (of St Micheal's Mount). Located just under 3 miles southeast of Lands End. There is a…

  • Porthgwidden Beach

    Porthgwidden is often overlooked in the St Ives beaches stakes. Smaller than the others it does benefit from being more sheltered. It sits in the lee of the Island…

  • Porthkidney Beach

    Porthkidney Sands stretch from the mouth of the River Hayle in Lelant to Hawk’s Point in Carbis Bay. The beach is around a mile long and at low tide the sea goes…

  • Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor is arguably St Ives' premier beach and as such one of Cornwall's finest. The beach consists of a long stretch of golden sand overlooked by numerous artists'…

  • Porthmeor Cove

    This secluded cove is set on the rugged West Cornwall coast between Land's End and St Ives. It is about as far removed from its namesake (Porthmeor beach) in St…

  • Porthminster Beach

    If you arrive in St Ives by train (or bus for that matter) one of the first sights you will be greeted by is the crescent of golden sand that is Porthminster beach.…

  • Praa Sands Beach

    Located on the south coast between Penzance and Helston, Praa Sands is a large beach of fine golden sand. Praa is a great family beach with plenty of facilities…

  • Priests Cove

    Priest's Cove is to the west of Cape Cornwall. It is a tiny fishing cove dominated by the bulking cliffs of the Cape. The Cape and cove were donated to the National…

  • Progo Beach

    Small, pretty much unknown beach with interesting rock arch, close to the end of the Cot Valley. A little sand and large flat rocks suitable for sunbathing.

  • Prussia Cove

    Prussia Cove consists of a small and secluded rocky cove, or series of coves, depending on who you ask. What most people consider as the main beach though is also…

  • Sennen Cove Beach

    Sennen beach is situated just around the corner from Land's End, the most westerly point in mainland Britain. Whilst the village sits in the lee of the mighty Pedn-men-du…

  • St Ives Harbour Beach

    Is it a harbour? Is it a beach? Well actually it’s both. Whilst you might imagine a grimy patch of muddy sand down a flight of steps you could not be further from…

  • St Loy's Cove

    St Loy is perhaps best known for its wooded valley leading down to the coast. This is a beautiful walk any time of year, but is possibly at its best when bluebells…

  • Wherrytown Beach

    Wherrytown beach is the large stretch of pebbles between Penzance and Newlyn. The beach is backed by Newlyn Green and the Newlyn Art Gallery to one end and a playpark,…