After escaping the rather more commercialised Land’s End (1.5 km away), it is a delight to reach family-friendly Sennen Beach, sometimes called Sennen Cove (although it is not a cove) a mighty fine Blue Flag sandy beach which feels the full force of the Atlantic.
This is what makes it fabulous for surfing due to its large swell, with waves bigger towards the northern end at North Rocks, but suitable for all abilities on different parts of the beach. The beach itself is called Whitesands Bay which has accessible car parking, or can be reached by bus from Penzance. It is usually RNLI lifeguarded during the summer, too.
On the south-westerly Penwith heritage coast, luckily, the Pedn-men-du promontory at the southern end of the bay protects it a little from Atlantic westerlies.
The views are spectacular in this breathtaking part of Cornwall. To the north of the cove is another beach at Gwenver. Of course, being a Blue Flag beach means there are mighty fine facilities, such as parking, lifeguarding and food available, alongside the white sands and the crystal clear water.
Low season, the beach is quiet and peaceful but on a sunny summer’s day, it is wonderful for children and surfers. Lovely rocks from which to watch the waves, the gulls and the gannets abound, and if you are energetic, you can walk from Sennen to Land’s End along the coast path, too.