Located 2 miles from Falmouth, beautiful east-facing Maenporth Beach is a beautiful sandy cove with a gently sloping beach. Shallow water and rockpools mean children love it.
Very sheltered and unaffected by Atlantic swell, a saltwater stream runs through the beach for easy paddling and dam building for young children when the tide is out.
Sitting at the head of a small, sheltered bay, it has impressive views south, and protection from the wind, so a safe place to paddle and swim, but picturesque, too, with wonderful views across Falmouth Bay. There are also caves but they are a little more inaccessible so be very careful on tide times.
At low water the ship wreck of the Ben Asdale can be seen, a freezer – trawler which struggled in gale force winds as it off-loaded its catch here. 11 crew were saved, but others perished including three local brothers who helped rescue some of the fishermen. A sad tale indeed, but very interesting to see the remains of the wreck.
Parking is right by the beach which also makes it a terrific spot for a family visit with all the beach gear!