Mevagissey Beaches

As Mevagissey is an attractive fishing town with a working harbour, it does not have a proper beach (though it has fishing trips and a ferry to Fowey) and if it did, it would smell a bit fishy, but about a quarter of a mile walk away you reach glorious Polstreath Beach.

This quiet beach remains natural and tranquil due to being in a cove reached from the South West Coast Path by around 200 steep steps, so it is not one for the faint-hearted or anyone with mobility issues. That said, the steps are railed and form a proper staircase, so are not simply cut into the cliff. This means the beach is just inaccessible enough to stop it being too busy.

Shingle and sand mingle to make the beach an attractive escape, but do note there are no car parks or facilities here. It takes around 30 minutes to walk here from Mevagissey, on the northern side of the town.

Being easterly facing and backed by high cliffs, a big plus is that it is very sheltered from westerly and northerly winds. There are flat rock platforms in some parts of the beach at low tide.

Despite no lifeguards/safety equipment, it is a relatively safe beach for swimming, especially on a rising tide. At high tide, it is excellent for snorkelling in the direction of the harbour. Do not use inflatables here though, no matter how calm it looks.

Related Beaches & Beauty Spots, South Cornwall