Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Sennen Beach

Sennen Beach
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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 headland the large crescent of sandy beach faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean making it a popular spot for surfers. A well equipped lifeguard service operates in the summer when it is generally safe to swim.

The beach at Sennen is called Whitesands Bay and it almost lives up to this name with almost a mile of fine sand stretching around to neighbouring Gwenver beach. Near the middle of the beach a shallow valley with a small stream runs down to the sea. The sand dunes here offer shelter and it is generally a little quieter on the far side of the stream.
Access to the beach is easy from the large car park and there are toilets here. The village centre is located just a minute or two away with a couple of shops, cafes and pub. There's also a fairly upmarket restaurant right on the beach.

Also known as:

Whitesands bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

Sennen has a well equipped team of lifeguards ono duty throughout the summer. 10am-6pm / 5 May to 30 September. Easter bank holiday cover also

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

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Disabled access

There is access to the beach at the far western end next to the car park. This is only suitable at low tide though.


TR19 7DG

OS grid ref.

SW 3576 2644


Toilets, beach cafe/restaurant, shop, surf hire village less than 2 minutes walk


The main car park is located right on the beach and takes about 200 cars. There is an overflow car park at the top of the hill and an RNLI car park in the village.