Four favourite beaches
Cornwall is home to some spectacular beaches. From rugged cliffs and outcrops on the north coast, to the calmer sailing waters on the south coast we’re lucky to have so much choice.
Right on our doorstep we have Porthpean and Pentewan. And we think you’ll love them just as much as our own children and grandchildren. We don’t want you to spend all your holidays in the car, but many beautiful beaches are a slightly longer drive from Tregongeeves if you fancy exploring.
Here is a selection of our favourite places – let us know what you think.
Towan Beach, The Roseland
20 minutes from Tregongeeves
National Trust Parking, almost-flat walk through fields to beach
There are so many stunning sandy places to choose from on this peninsula – but Towan is really not to be overlooked. The waters are calm here and the natural sand shelf makes it an excellent place for swimming – especially at high tide. Turn right onto the south west coast path as you get near to the beach, and a short walk to the headland will likely reward you with a birds-eye view of a seal family.
The views up and down the coast are spectacular – and are unspoilt in every direction.
The bank of rockpools are some of the best in the county and the sheltered spot means they can be abundant with life in late spring and early summer. As well as the usual crabs and foliage, it is not unusual to find starfish and shoals of tiny fish.
The Thirsty Tea Company have set up residence in the courtyard and offers a good range of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and home-made cakes. Facilities (including baby changing area) are basic but clean and are well maintained by the National Trust.
Porthcurnick, The Roseland
30 minutes drive from Tregongeeves
National Trust Parking from Portscatho road (steep walk to beach) or take the turning at The Rosevine for roadside parking and a shorter walk
It’s well worth the drive to Porthcurnick near Portscatho – if only for the view from the Hidden Hut. As well as a near perfect seascape the food at this beach is to die for, so we don’t ever panic if we set off and leave our picnic at home!
Porthcurnick is a sheltered cove, ideal for swimming and paddling – and picnics! It is an unspoilt, sandy beach with a backdrop by high cliffs close to Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula.
We like to take body boards too – the incoming tide is perfect for riding some gentle waves.
If you’re visiting the beach with a visit to The Hidden Hut bear in mind that there is no seating inside. Wrap up warm or pack some extra blankets if you’re here on a blustery day!
And if you can snag a ticket for a Feast Night – do it! These are like gold dust and the one-pot servings of paella, curry or tartiflette pack a truly delicious punch. This is a truly memorable evening, enjoying food outside with a stunning sunset backdrop.
Pendower and Carne
30 minutes from Tregongeeves,
National Trust Parking. Flat walk to the beach
Pendower Beach is a broad, sandy, south-facing beach in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula. Towards low tide Pendower joins up with neighbouring Carne Beach to form a huge sandy beach.
This is a spectacular walk at low tide and perfectly easy for children to manage. In the heat of the day there are plenty of shady areas behind the beach to explore. Facilities here are basic, but the views more than make up for this (we think!)
In full sun the beaches are stunning and this is a good places for a long swim. The water can be too still to bodyboard – but all the better for paddling in.
A small stream runs from the valley and is ideal for damming! There are plenty of rockpools here so this is the perfect place for a Beach Scavenger Hunt.
If you enter via Pendower the view across the bay is breathtaking, this really is one of Cornwall’s most unspoilt spots.
25 minutes from Tregongeeves
Parking in Fowey, a short flat walk to the beach
The sand here is soft – super for sandcastle building – and at low tide there are a few rockpools to explore. Readymoney Cove is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque places, with the old town of Fowey to the left and St Catherine’s Castle to the right.
Readymoney is a safe beach for swimming with clear waters so it is another perfect beach for younger swimmers. We love this tiny beach so much – but do be warned that it gets crowded during summer weekends.
This is the closest beach to Fowey and is an easy walk from the town. A coach house that overlooks the beach was home to Daphne Du Maurier for several years in the second world war.