Gwenver Beach

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    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 secluded and in-accessible enough to not get really crowded.

    The beach itself is sandy and around 150 metres long. At high tide the beach slopes steeply into the sea and can be dangerous, at low tide Gwenver joins up with Sennen beach

    On a clear day the Scilly Isles can be easily made out from the beach as can the nearby Brisons rocks 1 mile off the coast of Cape Cornwall.

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    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service

    Full time lifguard service from 10am - 6pm during summer (19 May-30 September)

    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed all year

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    TR19 6JB

    OS grid ref.

    SW 3612 2802


    There is a car park open in summer at the top off the cliff costing around £1.50.
    It's a fair 10-15 mins hike down a well trodden path from here.

    Gwenver Beach Reviews (8)

    Wild and beautiful


    Aug 20th 2019

    Love this beach, it’s secluded and wild and totally unspoilt

    Hidden Gem

    Jul 01st 2019

    Fantastic surf spot, secluded beach, so stays relatively quiet. Big climb down stairs to get to the beach (so not great for those with disabilities, buggies or hard to carry items) but great of you’re travelling light or just want to surf.



    Aug 22nd 2023

    Very Lovely, current was strong

    Grumpy locals


    May 29th 2023

    Horrible to get down and up from, really busy and grumpy locals.

    Simply stunning


    Jul 18th 2022

    Worth the climb down and back up! Beautiful unspoilt place, great walks from there around the coastal paths

    Dog friendly and stunning


    Aug 23rd 2021

    Fantastic beach and dog friendly all year round. Great for surf and enough room to spread out a bit

    Great beach and walks


    Jun 21st 2021

    Limited parking but it’s a great beach for rockpools and coastal path walks with some nice coastline if you head north around the bay.


    Ian Cuthbert

    Jun 02nd 2019

    Amazing views around the bay, great for swimming, interesting rocky areas and flora around too. Lots of space for playing. Quieter than Sennen Cove.

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