Focus on South West: Cornwall's Enchanting Coastline
Chapel Porth is perfect for early morning walks along the large expanse of golden sand. The constant roar of breaking waves and the smell of sea spray in the air, this is the place to get your coastal fix. You’ll be spellbound by the beauty of the place, and early morning out of season you could even have the place to yourself. Under the care of the National Trust, parking is easy here.
Quite possibly the most famous Cornish beach, Fistral is the home of British surfing and the place to come for watersports and activity. The beach has a choice of cafés and restaurants too.
Backed by grassy dunes that are a haven for birds, Gwithian Towans has a large beach to enjoy at low tide along with rock pools and caves that are uncovered. It’s a great beach for children, especially, to explore.
To the south of the harbour town of Fowey, lies this small sandy cove. It’s sheltered by cliffs and with the medieval town of Fowey on one side and a castle on the other.
ST IVES BAY
If you want a lot of beach, then here it is! St Ives Bay is a crescent-shaped expanse stretching for over four miles and backed in places by grassy dunes.
Less than five minutes’ walk from Bude this beach is particularly special due to the unique sea pool. Part man-made and part natural rock pool, this salt-water pool is refreshed daily by the tide.
Eden Project ©VisitEngland/Eden Project
OTHER TOP CORNWALL ATTRACTIONS
- The Eden Project – the largest indoor rainforest in the world housing a diverse collection of plants.
- Godrevy Lighthouse – a white, 26-metre high building located on an island three miles out to sea in St Ives Bay.
- Lost Gardens of Heligan – famous restored Botanical gardens and pleasure grounds.
- Minack Theatre – a unique outdoor theatre perched on the cliffs above the sea.
- Port Isaac – traditional fishing village, the setting for TV’s Doc Martin.
- Tintagel Castle – coastal ruins full of history, myth and legend.
- Wheal Coates – a remnant of Cornwall’s mining heritage, set on the stunning coast.
Main image: Gwithian Beach ©VisitEngland/Visit Cornwal/Adam Gibbard