Top 10 Cornwall Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Cornwall beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

1. Sallys Bottom Beach, Redruth

Sallys Bottom Beach.Sallys Bottom beach is sand and rocks at the bottom of a steep descent via some steps....

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2. Tregardock Beach, Port Isaac

Tregardock Beach.Tregardock beach is a secluded sandy beach only accessed at low tide with rock pools and accessed on foot from the cliffs above. Good surfing beach for experienced surfers at low tide if yo...

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3. Porthilly Cove (Rock) Beach, Padstow

Porthilly Cove (Rock) Beach.Porthilly Cove beach at Rock is a mile long sandy beach with dunes located across the Camel estuary from Padstow. A foot passenger ferries visitors between Padstow and Rock daily, a water taxi can ...

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4. North Cliffs (Deadmans Cove) Beach, Camborne

North Cliffs (Deadmans Cove) Beach.North Cliffs beach, or Deadmans Cove is a pebble beach although you will get some sand as the tide goes out....

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5. Crinnis Beach, St Austell

Crinnis Beach.Crinnis Beach, Shorthorn Beach and Polgaver Beach together make up what is known as Carlyon Bay, a popular seaside resort just outside of St Austell on Cornwall’s south coast....

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6. Portreath Beach, Redruth

Portreath Beach.Portreath beach is a sandy beach with cliffs at one end and harbour at the other. At high tide the beach is split into two.The name Portreath means "sandy cove" and is popular with body boar...

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7. Nanjizel Beach, Porthcurno

Nanjizel Beach.Nanjizel beach is sand with bolders and caves. Due to difficult access, only by a walk, tends never to be busy....

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8. Gooden Heane Cove Beach, Portreath

Gooden Heane Cove Beach.Gooden Heane Cove is a sandy beach with some rock pools to explore.The cove is named after Gooden Heane Rock that sits just off the beach....

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9. Fishing Cove Beach, Godrevy Point, Hayle

Fishing Cove Beach.Fishing Cove is a small East facing sandy beach backed by cliffs and with rock pools at either end.The smaller inaccessible cove to the North is Castle Giver Cove, also known as Smugglers Co...

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10. Polstreath Beach, Mevagissey

Polstreath Beach.Polstreath beach is fine sand and split in two by a stack, the smaller beach is known as Little Polstreath. The beach offers good swimming and a quieter alternative to Mevagissey around the...

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In addition to our top beaches, Cornwall has 8 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

Interactive map of Cornwall: explore and research the Cornwall coastline - looking at beaches, things to do, places to stay, eat and visit.

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Cornwall is the peninsula formed on the south west of Great Britain.

Tourists flock to the county to enjoy its varied north and south coastlines. On the Celtic Sea the shore is exposed and wild with sheer cliffs and beaches of find gold sand to be found at Watergate Bay, Perranporth, St Ives and Bude.

On the South coast the white, sandy beaches are more sheltered like at Falmouth. This coastline is known as the Cornish Riviera as it's more temperate and the fishing villages have been transformed into Cape Cod style holiday resorts in some areas. The rivers in this area are also popular with tourists for fishing, boating and canoeing.

The South West Coast Path takes you on a walking tour of both coasts. Lizard Peninsula is a good example of an ophiolite (ocean crust) forming fantastic cliffs at Kynance Cove.

Other attractions in Cornwall are the historic and prehistoric sites legacy of the Bronze Age, the countryside where Celtic crosses rear up from the rugged earth, the museums and the quaint villages. Surfing is fast becoming popular in the area with Newquay and Porthtowan providing local and national surf events.

Cornwall conjures up memories of biting into steaming pasties and indulging in cream teas after hours on the beach or walking on Bodmin Moor with its fascinating prehistoric remains.

Whether you are looking for a quick break, a long relaxing holiday or just a few romantic nights away, Cornwall really does have it all! Just remember to book accommodation early as the locals love going there so it gets full rather quickly!

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