Best beaches in Cornwall

Best beaches in Cornwall

I’ve called this the ‘Best beaches in oCornwall’ but really that is very subjective. For me the best beaches are beaches with wonderful memories, beaches that are dog friendly and family friendly.

So here it is. My top five beaches in Cornwall (in no particular order).

Here we go….



Situated on the north coast, 5 miles of soft golden sand. A beach bar (The Watering Hole) and good surf. This beach is very busy in the summer but if you’re prepared to walk you can escape the crowds, in winter it’s popular for blustery dog walks and it’s just a gorgeous place which will always be a favourite of mine.


Gyllyngvase in Cornish means “shallow inlet”. It’s a sandy and slightly stoney beach with a lively and satisfying cafe. I spent many of my uni days and nights at this beach and it’s a favourite because it’s so accessible, dog friendly, great for swimming and full of happy memories.


Pronounced “Grenaway” this is a beach of my childhood, it’s a little walk down the path to some steps but you are greeted by a secluded cove of green and purple slate and sand. It’s great for finding cowry shells, rock pooling and swimming and is usually less busy than most beaches in the Rock area.


Crantock beach is outside Newquay and has all you’d expect from the area. Good surf and lots of people in the summer. My favourite time to go is in the winter where it’s vast, golden sands are a great place to let a hound run free.


Bossiney is on the north coast and the views are spectacular, raw and rugged coastline is the setting for big waves and crystal blue waters. There’s lots of big rocks to climb and explore and rock pools. Add that to the bluest water and you’ve found paradise.

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