Sharrow across Whitsand Bay ©National Trust Images Sue Brackenbury
Beach with Cafe
Imagine yourself on this beach at low tide. Running from Rame Head to Portwrinkle, Whitsand Bay offers a three-four mile stretch of perfect sand where various coves link up at low tide.
If you love walking on the beach, this could well be the spot! It’s pretty quiet, and even if it is a very sunny day, there is plenty of space for people to spread out should it be busier than usual.
The magical super-clean, south-facing sandy beach is accented by sheer high cliffs and wildly dramatic scenery. Unreal views and clear seas make this spectacular. It is also generally quiet enough to feel like it is your own private beach.
The downside is that access is steep, with paths and steps through vegetation; nor are there many facilities, but the upside is that it does not get crowded, so feels traditionally Cornish.
For walking or running, this is an amazing place. Take care if swimming as it is an area of strong currents, but this hidden gem conversely offers huge waves for surfers. Keep close to beach access points at all times, in case the tide comes in, and bear in mind that paths at Freathy, Sparrow Point and Tregonhawke are very steep and slippery, though well-maintained.
The easiest access is from the car park near Tregantle Fort leading to Long Sands beach, providing the military are not using it as a firing range (red flags will prohibit you if this is the case).
As you have gathered, this is not the ideal beach for families with small children or anyone with mobility concerns, though there is a café at the top of the cliffs.
The fleet of foot should be fine though, and it is dog-friendly, too. More accessible beaches nearby are at Portwrinkle, Kingsand and Cawsand.