With so many gorgeous beaches in beautiful Cornwall, how do you know which ones to choose for your visit? Obviously, going to the ones close by is a good start, and a little research is all part of your holiday fun, but there are some secret spaces where it helps to have a little local knowledge.
Life's a beach and we love to share every sandy bay we encounter, from popular seaside destinations to secret swimming coves. It's safe to say we've tried most of them, but there are still hundreds of beaches and coves to discover, and you'll find our new discoveries here on our Beach Guide.
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Last year RNLI lifeguards saved 110 lives, aided 25,172 people and responded to 10,687 incidents. 2021 marks 20 years of RNLI lifeguards. James, better known as Stell, 37, has been a RNLI lifeguard in North Cornwall for over 10 years, and is currently keeping beach goers safe at Northcott Mouth near Bude.
An iconic tourist hotspot renowned for surfing, Fistral has wonderful big, wild waves and is a centre for many surfing competitions such as the high profile Boardmasters which attracts elite pro surfers from around the world. That’s how good this beach is for surfing, but it also all amenities you could need.
We have divided the beaches by area: the dramatic north coast, the picturesque south coast and the remarkably light west coast. Bear in mind that in the far western reaches of Cornwall, the coasts are not very far apart, so are both open to you.
Some of the quietest beaches are tucked away and not so easy to get to, but we give you the full spec in our guide, so you know whether you can park nearby, whether there is an accessible path, or whether it involves scrambling down a cliff path, whether it is sand, shingle or rock. You can choose what suits your preferences and mobility levels. There is something for everyone, so we try to make your beach trip as easy as possible.
If yours is an inland, rural holiday, where you are walking the gorse-clad granite moors and tors, our guide again suggests some wonderful places to visit or stop on your travels. Bear in mind that Bodmin Moor, for example, is 80 square miles in size (208 sq km) so which are the most scenic parts? Find out in our indispensable guide.