Explore the lovely beaches and coast

Beaches and coastal areas to visit

Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay

Lantic Bay
Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay are dog friendly, they are located not far from Polruan.
Lantivet Bay
Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay are dog friendly, they are located not far from Polruan.

Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay are dog friendly, they are located not far from Polruan.

You can park in a small National Trust car park off the main road to Polruan (Frogmore).

It's a beautiful walk along the coast path round Lantivet Bay where you can find some lovely small pebbly coves and fantastic rocks for fishing off.

If you carry on along the path past Pencarow Head you arrive at Lantic Bay, it's a steep climb down steps, but well worth it – white sands, clear waters and similarities to Greece come to mind.

Pencarrow Head

Pencarrow Head
Pencarrow Head offers stunning views and is a perfect spot for a picnic

A distinguished landmark for South East Cornwall, Pencarrow Head offers stunning views and is a perfect spot for a picnic. The South West Coast Path and other footpaths take in the headland.

Nineteenth-century maps show that an old watch tower once stood on Pencarrow Head. This was built on the east-facing slope in 1809 for the Grenville family. In medieval times Pencarrow Head was a warren where rabbits were encouraged to breed, and then culled for meat. In the days before modern refrigeration they provided a useful out-of-season protein supply.

St Austell

St Austell
Cornwall's south coast is a green and gold tapestry of wooded hills dropping down to secluded coves, of inlets the hide enchanted fishing villages or yacht anchorages and pilgrim trails that wind past sleepy farms and ancient stones

Cornwall's south coast is a green and gold tapestry of wooded hills dropping down to secluded coves, of inlets the hide enchanted fishing villages or yacht anchorages and pilgrim trails that wind past sleepy farms and ancient stones.

With a vast diversity of activities, you might fish for trout, salmon or shark, visit the Humid Tropics & Mediterranean at the Eden Project, cycle on off-road trails, enjoy a local Carnival or Feast week, sail in a major Regatta, or ride as Daphne du Maurier did, far from crowds on a moor as old as time itself.

Polkerris

Polkerris beach
Polkerris is located on the East side of St Austell Bay and is accessed by a typically Cornish lane that leads to a large car park about 200m from the beach.
Polkerris
The shop and centre is open from 10am to 5.00pm (and often later), seven days a week between late March and the end of October half term.

Polkerris is located on the East side of St Austell Bay and is accessed by a typically Cornish lane that leads to a large car park about 200m from the beach.

The shop and centre is open from 10am to 5.00pm (and often later), seven days a week between late March and the end of October half term. The beach is, of course, always open for your enjoyment but dogs and barbeques are not permitted at any time between Good Friday and September 30th.

Ready Money Cove

Ready Money Cove
A small, sheltered, sandy beach, slightly shelving. It is sheltered by cliffs close to the mouth of the River Fowey Estuary

A small, sheltered, sandy beach, slightly shelving. It is sheltered by cliffs close to the mouth of the River Fowey Estuary and bounded, on one side, by the medieval part of the Fowey and, on the other, by St Catherine's Castle. The beach can be covered during spring tides.

Reasonably safe bathing within cove, but not in the Fowey Estuary.
The beach is cleaned daily during high season and litter bins are available. Dogs are banned between Easter and 30th September.
There are tidal rock-pools.

Portwrinkle beach

Portwrinkle beach
Portwrinkle is one of many lovely secluded villages and beaches on the South East coast of Cornwall, just North of Looe

Portwrinkle is one of many lovely secluded villages and beaches on the South East coast of Cornwall, just North of Looe this character village and beach is a delight; across the bay can be seen the impressive headland of Rame head also well worth exploring.