Vault beach near Dodman Point, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel.
Down on the south coast lies the picturesque Vault Beach. Part of the St Austell Riviera near the charming fishing village of Mevagissey, this unspoilt but magical ‘no-frills’ location is a sheltered, secluded, gently shelving shale beach.
Please note that the far west end is unofficially used as a naturist beach for that all over tan.
The beach curves in a crescent shape, and is excellent for swimming (though there can be a bit of a swell) and snorkelling. From on high at Dodman Point, the highest headland on the south coast, you can look down to the beach, but be warned the walk up is steep and strenuous.
There are no facilities such as toilets here, and no cafes, part of its attraction to those who simply love a natural uncommercialised beach.
You also have to walk down (some may find it a little steep, especially on the way back up) from the National Trust car park on the narrow road to Lamledra or along from the sleepy fishing village of Gorran Haven (for the nearest facilities). Walking down the lane from the car park gives you your first view of this stunning beach. Get your camera ready!
It’s worth the walk, and if you go when it is especially quiet and calm you may be treated to a sighting of the grey seals which frequent Vault.
If you enjoy a clean, peaceful beach, and a quiet swim in beautiful crystal-clear sheltered water, this place is for you. Take a picnic and watch the sunset in this tranquil piece of Cornish heaven.